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Not everyone is a web developer, so it’s completely common if you don’t understand some web development terms that you come across when you plan your website. To help you out, however, here are a few common web development phrases deciphered for you

1. Platform

Platform refers to the programming language that a site will be built on. There are different common platforms like PHP, .NET, etc. A web developer chooses a platform according to the site’s functionality and also client requirements.

2. Front-end

Front-end is the part of the site that all viewers have access to such as the website’s content, images, and pages. This is the part of the site that users can see and even interact with, which is why it is also sometimes called User Interface.

3. API

API stands for Application Programming Interface. This is a set of rules and set codes that are followed by software programs to interact with each other. It is mainly the middle point of the interaction between the software programs that helps forward the interaction from one end to the other and vice versa.

4. Back-end

Mainly the opposite of front end. A website’s back-end is the part of the site that is not viewable for visitors and is mostly managed by the backend developer. This part of a website primarily has three parts including a server, a database, and an application.

5. Landing Page

As the term suggests, a landing page is that page of a site where a visitor first comes to. This landing page holds a lot of importance as it can either gain the interest of the visitor or lose it.

6. DNS

Domain Name Service or Domain Name Server holds the purpose of converting IP addresses into domain names. When a domain name is given to a server, an IP address is also provided. This way, when a user enters your respective domain name into their browser, the DNS server works to convert the domain into IP address and take the user to the right site.

7. cPanel

cPanel is short for Control Panel, but is only reserved for the control panel that exists on Linux-based accounts and servers. This panel allows easy management of its account and its files and applications.

8. Cache

Cache are downloaded files that are reserved in the background by browsers so that when a visitor visits a site again, the content loads faster.

9. Meta Tag

An HTML tag (coding statement) that provides some of the information of a web page.

10. Open Source

Open source refers to the open program that is accessible by everyone so it can be easily changed or shared.