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Web Design Acronyms Glossary

Find out the meaning of common terms in the web design community

A

ACSS
Atomic Cascading Style Sheets
ADN
Advanced Digital Network
AJAX
Asynchronous Javascript and XML
API
Application Programming Interface
ASCII
American Standard Code for Information Interchange
ASP
Active Server Pages

B

BEM
Block Element Modifier
BL
Backlink
BLOG
Better Listings On Google

C

CAD
Computer Aided Design
CDN
Content Delivery Network
CGI
Common Gateway Interface
CLI
Command Line Interface
CMS
Content Management System
CNAME
Canonical Name
CRAP
Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, Proximity
CRUD
Create, Read, Update, Delete
CSS / CSS3
Cascading Style Sheets / 3.0
CSSOM
Cascading Style Sheets Object Model
CSV
Comma Separated Values
CTA
Call To Action

D

DB
Database
DHTML
Dynamic Hypertext Markup Language
DNS
Domain Name System
DOM
Document Object Model
DRY
Don't Repeat Yourself
DTD
Document Type Definition

F

FF
Firefox
FOSS / FLOSS
Free, Libre, Open Source Software
FPE
Front Page Extension
FTP
File Transfer Protocol
FTU
First Time User

G

GIF
Graphics Interchange Format
GSAP
Greenstock Animation Platform
GUI
Graphical User Interface

H

HAML
HTML Abstraction Markup Language
HTML / HTML5
Hypertext Markup Language
HTTP(S)
Hypertext Transfer Protocol (Secure)
HTTP/2
Hypertext Transfer Protocol 2.0

I

ICANN
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
IDE
Integrated Development Environment
IE
Internet Explorer
IIFE
Immediately Invoked Function Expression
IP
Internet Protocol
ITCSS
Inverted Triangle Cascading Style Sheets

J

JAMstack
JavaScript, APIs, and Markup
JPEG / JPG
Joint Photographic Experts Group
JS
JavaScript
JSON
JavaScript Object Notation

K

KISS
Keep It Simple Stupid

L

LAMP
Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP
LSI
Latent Semantic Indexing
LTR / RTL
Left to Right / Right to Left

M

MAMP
Mac Apache, MySQL, PHP
MEAN
MongoDB, Express.js, Angular, Node.js
MSSQL
Microsoft Structured Query Language
MVC
Model View Controller
MVP
Model View Presenter

N

NaN
Not a Number

O

OAuth
Open Authentication
OOP
Object Oriented Programming
OS
Operating System
OSS
Open Source Software

P

PDF
Portable Document Format
PHP
Hypertext Preprocessor
PNG
Portable Network Graphics

R

REGEX
Regular Expression
REST
Representational State Transfer
RSS
Really Simple Syndication
RoR
Ruby on Rails

S

SCM
Source Control Management
SCSS
Semantic Cascading Style Sheets
SEM
Search Engine Marketing
SEO
Search Engine Optimization
SERP
Search Engine Results Page
SLD
Second Level Domain
SMACSS
Scalable and Modular Architecture for Cascading Style Sheets
SQL
Structured Query Language
SVG
Scalable Vector Graphics

T

TLD
Top Level Domain

U

UI
User Interface
URI
Uniform Resource Identifier
URL
Uniform Resource Locator
UTF
Uniform Transmission Format
UX
User Experience

W

W3 / WWW
World Wide Web
W3C
World Wide Web Consortium
WAMP
Windows Apache, MySQL, PHP
WYSIWYG
What You See Is What You Get

X

XAMPP
Cross-Platform Apache, MariaDB, PHP, Perl
XHTML
Extensible Hypertext Markup Language
XML
Extensible Markup Language
XSS
Cross Site Scripting

Y

YAML
YAML Ain't Markup Language