Web Definitions

What is a Web Page?

Web Page is an electronic document written as HTML and commonly viewed through a web browser.

What is a Website?

Website or web site is a collection of web pages about specific topic.

What is a Web Designer?

The term Web Designer is often used as a generic description of a person that creates websites. This is, however, not the complete story. As with all technology, things move on quickly and new technologies come along to replace or enhance what is already there; this is no different for web pages. At Jianway we think of a Web Designer as the person who puts together the look of the website. This is achieved manually, by writing HTML and CSS in a text editor, or using an HTML editor with graphical user interface. Graphical HTML editors allow web designer to focus on visual design rather than the code. Designers often help in designing the look of the website in terms of both aesthetics and user-friendliness

What is a Web Developer?

Web Developer is the person who deals with websites from a technical perspective. Through the use of different web technologies, Web Developer creates more functional parts of the website. These functions can be visible in the browser or work behind the scenes on the server. Web Developer also requires HTML and CSS skills as these are the essential building blocks of websites.

What is a Web Master?

Web Master is the person who is in charge of and takes care of the website on a regular basis. Their job often contains roles such as ensuring that the website is up and running and making updates to the website. Web Designer or Web Developer may also be the Web Master in some cases.

How to manage website?

Websites need to be managed as does any resource in a company. To keep a website updated requires at least basic knowledge of HTML and in most cases requires a Web Designer to implement the changes. Many people choose to do simple website updates themselves.

What is a Managed Website?

Managed Website contains the ability to change the contents of the website without the need to know HTML or to employ a Web Designer. Updates are made through a web application which deals with the HTML, positioning of the text and images on the page. These web applications are called CMS (Content Management Systems) and come with varying functionality. Using a CMS leaves you free to concentrate on what actually needs to be written on your website rather then the underlying technology. Some managed websites also allow for the creation of additional pages.

What is a Web Service?

Web Service enables different technologies to share data, business logic or a process over the internet. When queried, computer that contains requested information will send the details to the computer that made the request. There are many examples of information that can be queried, typical examples include stock prices, catalogue data, security authentication, calendar synchronisation, credit card validation.

What is a Web Application?

Web Application is a website or a set of web pages which allows you to do something constructive on your computer. Web Applications can be an alternative to using desktop or Microsoft Windows based software and can be seen as Web Based Software opposed to Desktop Based Software. The advantage of Web Applications to conventional software is that as long as you have an internet connection and a compliant browser you should be able to access your applications and files and continue working and being productive from anywhere. Examples of commonly used Web Applications are Email Clients (Software to receive, send and read your emails), Contact management Systems (Software to keep details of business contacts).

What is User-Friendliness?

User Friendliness refers to how easy it is access, navigate and use a website in order to accomplish a specific goal. For example, goal may be to find address or telephone number, to buy an item or to download user manual. User Friendliness is also known as Usability.

What are Web Standards?

Web Standards refers to how a Web Page is put together. Content of the Web Page should be constructed with a valid HTML or XHTML structure where all tags are used as they are designed to be used. Presentation of the Web Page should be isolated to an external CSS file. Interaction with the Web Page should be separated to an external JavaScript file. Websites written according to Web Standards are websites that can be read by any standards compliant browser.

What is Website Accessibility?

Website Accessibility is important as it enables people with disabilities to access, navigate and use websites effectively. Website Accessibility guidelines produced by W3C WAI are broken down to 3 Levels of Accessibility compliance each one requiring stricter compliance than the previous. Website Accessibility guidelines help make the website easier to be read by web browsers, search engines and people visiting your website.