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Defining what we do in the DEN: Web design terminology

22/01/13

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Hello to all our lovely followers! We do enjoy bringing you a good balance of blog post genres weekly, so this time, changing up from our most recent amusing topics, mixed in with some random content and a couple of factual company-related posts, today is about the facts. We decided it was time to fully define what we do in the DEN and so like our word terminology fun post, this one will give it to you straight about our web sector.

Just so it is all in one place and you never have to wonder what we in the DEN get up to, here is our field-specific terminology word bank. We do do a few other bits and pieces alongside our main work as well (coffee drinking and outdoor sports included!) Hopefully this post will also give you some insight into our sector, handy for any of you budding web, design and communication related industry fanatics out there!

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1. Design: Web design is not always as easy as 1,2,3 nor is it rarely ever a finite process. With the latest technology, software and trends constantly emerging, web design always has to keep up with the zeitgeist in order for it to be relevant and running a smoothly as possible. ‘Design’ in essence is the deciding of and process involved with the creation of the look and functioning of something; with the web it has to consider 2D facets, still and moving components, sound, navigation, mobility, system compatibility and size requirements of different devices. The list is endless as is the possibility of creating something so new, unique and innovative for every one. We personally love it! Researching, drawing, market knowledge, user behaviors and interests, as well as a strong eye for style and detail always goes into their creation, as well as matching the visual brand with the good or service it is showcasing. We know consistency with a brand is important throughout all mediums, and can ensure we do our best at translating it into web formats.

2. Web Optimization or SEO is what web developers use to describe the work that they undertake in an attempt to get more traffic to a particular site via search engines. SEO is about the composition of the web framework and content itself that make websites relevant within searches on search engines, thus bringing the most applicable and tailored results. It is basically the way (behind the scenes of websites) in which the gap between the provider and the consumer is reduced on the web, cutting down miscommunication and further searching on the web. Its important to get it right from the start, as well as keep up-to-date as search algorithms are constantly changing.

3. Hosting:
In short, to store electronic data (e.g. a full website’s content) on a computer connected to the internet. Its not just as easy as doing it yourself and everything running smoothly and immediately all the time, there is in fact a lot of work involved and as some of you may know, with a thing called a server. A computer can contain all the data and scripts which can be accessed by other computers via an internet connection or modem. Big sites and organizations, (for examples mass media corporations or banks) use multiple powerful computers to host just single sites, but on smaller scales many sites can be hosted just one computer (a shared server), whereby a single computer can host several hundred sites. Thus to publish your own website, you will need a web hosting service. HI. It is important to discuss the site’s size and expected traffic, in order to generate the best type of hosting for a project.

4. Domains: A domain is an area or territory owned by someone or an organization. For example a domain name, is the website address composition of words that leads to a desired result. It can also relate to local network areas, for example, whereby several computers are networked within a same domain by the request of company, so that all can be seen on the domain or local servers.

“Domains & hosting are a bit like an address and a shop. The domain (address) tells people where to find your shop, but without the shop (hosting) there’s nothing to see. You have to keep everything somewhere!” Bill.

We hope this proved useful. If you’ve got any other requests for us, let us know!

[Above work by Ana Dias 'Big Girl's Don't Cry]