A guide to understanding 10 commonly used digital acronyms

Our Superquick Guide to understanding the 10 most commonly used digital acronyms

The digital world loves an acronym. If you’re not totally immersed in it, it can be quite confusing and literally sound like a completely different language.

For those new to digital or, alternatively, those who just want to know…let the F3 digital team guide you through a few of the most commonly used digital acronyms and what they stand for…

A pictorial guide to understanding the 10 most commonly used Digital Acronyms

CMS – Content Management System… a website platform that allows non-developers to easily create, modify or edit the website’s content

CSS – Cascading Style Sheets…one of two core technologies for building web pages. CSS provides the language to create the visual layouts including graphics and fonts for a webpage

HTML – HyperText Mark-up Language…the other core technology for building web pages. HTML provides the language to create the structure of a web page

HTTP – HyperText Transfer Protocol…the language used for information to be passed between web servers and browsers e.g. when you enter a URL in your browser this sends a HTTP command to the web server asking it to fetch and display the correct web page

HTTPS – HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure…as above (HTTP) but allows for secure communications over a computer network e.g. when accessing a HTTPS web site, all communication between your web browser and that particular web site is encrypted. If anyone manages to intercept the message, all they will see is gibberish.

FTP – File Transfer Protocol…The language that computers on a TCP/IP network (e.g. the internet) use to transfer files to and from each other.

URL – Uniform Resource Locator… a reference (address) to a resource on the internet e.g. website

UX – User Experience…describes how your website visitors interact with your site

W3C – World Wide Web Consortium…International community established to develop web standards and guidelines aimed at ensuring the long-term growth of the web

WYSIWYG – What You See Is What You Get… an editor within a content management system that allows users to create or edit content in a similar way to using a word processor rather than having to learn HTML code

Sources: itproportal.com, struto.co.uk, techterms.com, w3c.org, webopedia.com, webmonkey.com

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