The following glossary provides a list of common (but by no means easy to understand) terms that anyone building a website should be familiar with. This list will be continually updated and new terms will be added as they become popular. If you have recommendations for additions to this list, leave a comment and we’ll do our best to add it.

Content Delivery Network (CDN)

Content Management System (CMS)

Dedicated Hosting

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)

Domain Name System (DNS)

File Transfer Protocol (FTP)

HyperText Markup Language (HTML)




Responsive Web Design (RWD)

Search Engine Marketing (SEM)

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Search Engine Results Page (SERP)

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

Shared Hosting

Solid-State Drive (SSD)

Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting

What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG)