Here is a glossary of terms used in this course.


Browser – The computer application used to connect to the internet. Popular examples are Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.

CMS – Stands for Content Management System. A CMS allows you to make changes to your website without coding. Popular CMSs are WordPress, Joomla, Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, or Shopify.

Content – The content of your website: text, images, and video.

CSS – Programming language used on the internet. Stands for Cascading Style Sheet. CSS controls the color, size, position, and layout of your website.

Domain – A name for your website. When connected with hosting, a domain will show you a website. Example:

HTML – Programming language used on the internet. Stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. HTML is used to describe what content is on a website.

Hosting – A service offered by hosting companies. For a fee, these companies store the files that make up your website. Required for all websites.

Open Source – software with code that anyone can inspect, modify, and enhance. As opposed to software protected by copyright.

Page Rank – Your position on a Google (or other search engines) search page. Rank #1 is the first search result. Your rank will be different depending on what you search for.

Plugin — An optional add-on for WordPress websites that extend its functionality. Free or paid.

SEO – Stands for Search Engine Optimization. The process of making your website more visible on search engines. Good SEO will improve your page rank.

SSL Certificate – A tool for connecting to a website securely. It’s the s in https://. A good hosting company will include an SSL certificate with your hosting. Also improves your page rank. Strongly recommend.

Theme – Free or paid set of files that changes the way your WordPress website looks.

WordPress – A free and open source Content Management System (CMS). Requires hosting and a domain name to work.