Do you know these 16 Web Design & Development Acronyms?

HTML, CSS, HTTPS are some of the most commonly used web design acronyms that we have been using on a daily basis. But, there's more to it, and as a web designer and developer you need to make sure that you know these terms. Always do your homework before pitching your work! 🙂 Let's see how many of these did you know already!


AJAX is short for Asynchronous JavaScript And XML. As a web developer, you already know what it is and what it does but for anyone who's looking to get into the field of web development you must familiarize yourself with this term. It allows you to update parts of a website without reloading the whole page.  

Learn More on AJAX here

2. API

API stands for Application Programming Interface. Now it may sound techy and complex but simply put, it is a software that allows two applications to talk to each other. We use APIs everyday while retrieving weather information, social media logins, booking air tickets and so on. So this is one term that you must not only know but also understand as a designer. 

Here's a little more insight into APIs.

3. CMS

Content Management System or CMS is essentially your website's behind-the-scenes. WordPress is one of the most common example of CMS that enables designers to create, edit, and manage content on the website. Other examples of CMS include Joomla, Drupal, Magento etc. To learn more about CMS, go here.

4. CSS

CSS or Cascading Style Sheets is the very core of web design. The beautiful websites that we see on the internet are what they are because they're style using this programming language known as CSS. Even if you're not a web developer, it is important to have a basic understanding of CSS. Also read, 5 Best Books to Make You a Better Web Designer!

5. CTA

If you're in the digital world and do not know what a Call To Action a.k.a CTA is, you clearly have been living under a rock. CTA is prominently placed on a web page and it helps the business to convert visitors into leads. Although CTA is a marketing term but it is one of the most important factor while designing a web page or landing page. Get more information here.

6. FTP

Transferring websites from one host to the other can be a great way to earn that extra income from your web design clients and it can also be a an added service that you can provide as a web designer. File Transfer Protocol or FTP as you might have already learned in the 4th grade is used for the transfer of computer files from a server to a client on a computer network. FTP solutions such as Filezilla are very useful while transfering a website's files+database from one host to the other. 

7. GUI

Graphical User Interface (pronounced at Gooey) are essentially your graphical elements such as windows, icons, buttons etc. It basically helps the users to communicate with their computers through the use of symbols, visual metaphors, and pointing devices. Read a detailed explanation on GUIs here.


Hypertext Markup Language is the standard markup language for documents designed to be displayed in a web browser. As a web designer, this is the first thing that you learn, it is the code that is used to design the basic layout or structure of a webpage with its content. Learn HTML from this tutorial. 


All the communication that is happening between your computer and the web server is via a protocol known as HTTP. It stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. In simple terms, HTTP is a way that allows users to interact with websites over the web. Click here to learn more. 

10. JSON

JSON stands for JavaScript Object Notation. It is a way to store information in an organized, easy-to-access manner. In simpler terms, it presents data to us in a readable and organized manner. JSON is gaining popularity as it allows users to overcome the cross-domain issue.

11. KPI

All modern web designers very well know that the clients are not just concerned about the design segment of a website but also about the performance of a website. And Key Performance Indicators or KPIs are the way to do that. A few examples of KPIs include site visits or sessions, average time spent on site, bounce rate and so on. To learn more visit here.

12. LAMP

LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) is a very common example of a web service stack. It is one of the most popular open-source web service and development stacks available on the Internet, hich is well-suited for dynamic websites. Here's a detailed explanation if you'd like to read further.

13. PHP

PHP is an acronym for "PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor". It is a scripting and a server-side language that is used to design dynamic and interactive web pages. PHP is very well suited web development because it is fast, flexible and pragmatic. Did you know that Facebook is built on PHP? To know more, visit here.

14. SEO

This is an easy and obvious one! Search Engine Optimization or SEO is the first thing that comes in mind when you're designing a website. A website should be optimised for it to be 'liked' by Google and indexed on the first page. And that's the whole purpose of setting up a website is anyway, isn't it? Also read: The Beginner's Guide to SEO

15. UX

Good design is all about providing a meaningful experience to site visitors and that is where UX or User Experience comes into picture. The UX covers all aspects of the end-user's interaction with  a product or service. The better UX you design, the more likely are your visitors convert. For further reading click here.


WYSIWYG (/ˈwɪziwɪɡ/ WIZ-ee-wig), is an acronym for What You See Is What You Get. It is a program that allows web developers to see the end-result while the interface is under construction. Some examples of WYSIWYG includes Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Expression Web, WYSIWYG Web Builder etc.

.... And that's a wrap from us! Tell us in the comments below how many of these did you get right? Did we miss any important ones? Type in them out here. 

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