A comprehensive and growing collection of definitions for commonly used terms in web development, WordPress, web consulting and more.

CloudFlare

A company that protects websites from fraud and abuse by pooling the knowledge of hundreds of webmasters. CloudFlare also speeds up websites by distributing content and can keep a website online even if the sites server goes down.

Pingdom

A company who monitors websites and notifies the site administrator if there are any problems. Sometimes websites can seem to be running well but customers may be having viewing problems.

Quantcast

A company who measures traffic a website receives. This service allows website administrators to market their website according to their traffic flow and for advertisers to see what websites they might like to advertise on.

Lightboxes

A display of images in a gallery on a website. The image generally appears in a smaller version on the website then when the user clicks on it the image becomes larger and the rest of the screen is blacked out.

Widgets

A piece of software that allows a user to perform a certain function. Widgets often take the form of a clock, countdown to an event, weather, or flight arrival information.

jQuery

A widely used JavaScript library that simplifies the writing of hyper text markup language (HTML).

Disqus

An online discussion and commenting service for websites and online communities that uses a networked platform. Many major news organisations feature Disqus on their websites.

PayPal

A global eCommerce service that allows you to make and receive payments on the internet. This form of payment takes the place of checks and money orders.

Plugins

Software that is used in conjunction with an existing application. A plugin extends the capabilities of the existing programme.

Manta

A site for small businesses who can post information about their product or service. The site allows businesses to become acquainted with others in their industry and also allows them to showcase their wares to customers.

YouTube

Is a video sharing website where users can watch or post videos and comment on videos. Many businesses create a YouTube account where they add videos to help create awareness about their product or service.

LinkedIn

A business orientated social networking site where users post information about their professional backgrounds and can make connections with current and previous work colleagues. Registered users can also search for jobs advertised on the website.

Twitter

A social media site that allows users to send and read messages of up to 140 characters long. These messages are called Tweets.

Facebook

A social media site that allows users to post messages, videos, images, comments, and interact with each other. Many businesses have an active Facebook page to promote their products and services.

SEM

Search Engine Marketing increases the visibility of a website on the a search engines list through SEO, paid advertising, contextual advertising, or paid inclusions.

Domain Name

A Domain Name is owned by a person or organisation and can be a word/s or number/s, or a combination of both, followed by a suffix eg .com, .org, or ,net. The Domain Name serves as the address to a particular website.

CSS

Cascading Style Sheets are used to format the appearance of a website.

HTML

Hyper text markup language (HTML) is the standard code used for styling text (font, color, graphic etc) on a website. HTML is not visible on a website, but is visible to the designer and manager of the website.

Blog

The thoughts, opinions, and experiences of a person written in an informal way. A blog can be on any subject and can contain images and video. Sometimes a blogger may ask readers for their comments.

SEO

Search engine optimization (SEO) is the means in which you increase visibility of a website on the results list of a search engine. Optimizing a website may include editing its copy so the website appears closer to the top of the results list.