Web Development Definitions

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    Application Programming Interface (API)

    APIs are a series of rules in computer programming, which allow an application to extract information from a service and use that information either in their own application or in data analyses. It's kind of like a phone for applications to have conversations -- an API literally "calls" one applicat... Read More

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    Content Management System (CMS)

    A program that manages all of the aspects of creating content. These may include editing, indexing, navigational elements, etc.

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    Content Optimization System (COS)

    A COS is basically a CMS (Content Management System), but optimized to deliver customers the most personalized web experience possible.

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    CSS

    CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets, and it's what gives your entire website its style, like colors, fonts, and background images. It affects the mood and tone of a web page, making it an incredibly powerful tool. It's also what allows websites to adapt to different screen sizes and device types.

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    E-Commerce

    The means of selling products digitally on the internet.

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    JavaScript

    JavaScript is a programming language that lets web developers design interactive sites. Most of the dynamic behavior you'll see on a web page is thanks to JavaScript, which augments a browser's default controls and behaviors. Uses for JavaScript include pop-ups, slide-in calls-to-action, security... Read More

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    Landing Page

    A page on your website that houses a form that prospects will fill out and exchange their personal information for a lead magnet or free offer (such as an ebook, demo or consultation).

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    Mobile Optimization

    Mobile optimization means designing and formatting your website so that it’s easy to read and navigate from a mobile device. This can be done by either creating a separate mobile website or incorporating responsive design in initial site layout. Google's algorithm now rewards mobile-friendly website... Read More

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    No-Follow Link

    A no-follow link is used when a website does not want to pass search engine authority to another webpage. It tells search engine crawlers not to follow or pass credit to linked websites as a way to avoid association with spammy content or inadvertently violating webmaster guidelines. To varying degr... Read More

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    Off-Page Optimization

    This is the free-spirited cousin of on-page optimization. Off-page SEO refers to incoming links and other outside factors that impact how a webpage is indexed in search results. Factors like linking domains and even social media play a role in off-page optimization. The good news is that it’s powerf... Read More

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    On-Page Optimization

    This type of SEO is based solely on a webpage and the various elements within the HTML (see “H” if you skipped here directly). Ensuring that key pieces of the specific page (content, title tag, URL, and image tags) include the desired keyword will help a page rank for that particular phrase.

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    Website

    A series of webpages that are connected, beginning with a homepage and generally includes other pages like “contact,” “about,” and “services.”