API – Application program interface

APIs allow developers to leverage the abilities of an application.


CMS – Content management system

CMSs allow people to quickly update and build websites. Some of the top CMSs are WordPress, Sitecore, and Adobe Experience Manager.


CSS – Cascading style sheets

A coding language that allows people to design and change how websites look.


FBML – Facebook Markup Language

A codling language specific to Facebook.


DNS – Domain name system

This is a naming system for computers.


FTP – File transfer protocol

This is a system that allows people to transfer files on to servers.


HTML – HyperText Markup Language

Is a basic programming language for building websites.


HTTP – Hyper Text Transfer Protocol

Is a protocols for distributing media like web pages.


HTTPS – Hyper Text Transfer Protocol

This is the secure version of HTTP. HTTPS is now an SEO ranking factor so make sure you secure your site. Is an SSL certificate to change your website from HTTP to HTTPS.


OS – Operating system (sometimes this is used for ‘open source’)


PHP – PHP Hypertext Preprocessor

This is a type of programming language.

QR Code – Quick response code


ROR – Ruby on Rails

This is a type of coding language.


RSS – Really Simple Syndication

This allows websites to push our or pull in content from their websites or other sites.


S2S – Server to server

The process of two servers communicating


SSL – Secure Sockets Layer

This is a certificate that adds a layer of protection to websites.


TLD – Top level domain

Top-level domain (TLD) refers to the last part of a domain name after the (.) dot. TLDs separated into two categories: generic and country-specific. Generic TLDs are things

like .com, .org, .net, .gov, .edu, etc

Country specific includes .co.uk, .AU, .it etc


UGC – User-generated content

Content created by the user of a website


URL – Uniform resource locator

Helps browsers, servers and people find and store information for a specific web page


WYSIWYG – What you see is what you get

These are content editors built into Content management systems (CMS) that allow you to edit webpages with out needing to know how to code.


XML – Extensible Markup Language

Extensible Markup Language is a markup language that creates a rules for encoding documents in a format that both humans and machines can read.

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