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Web Design Glossary E

written by: Robin L.•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 12/27/2008

For those with a newfound interest in web design the terms associated with the field can be confusing. This portion of the glossary series will introduce you to common terms that begin with the letter E.

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    E

    .edu [doht ee dee U]

    The suffix of a domain name used to indicate that the website has an educational purpose.

    Elastic Layout

    A web design style using percentages to ensure content is not too long. This allows the fonts to be increased or decreased to accommodate the width of the browser and the settings established by the visitor. This is useful in making sure a website is easily accessible for as many potential visitors as possible.

    Em [ehm]

    Em is a term used to describe the size or height of a font relative to the parent element.

    Email [ee meyl]

    Email is an abbreviated form of the terms electronic mail. An email address includes a username created by or for an individual and followed by the @ symbol and then the domain name of the website hosting the email server. Large websites can benefit by hosting their own email accounts to streamline communications with visitors.

    Encryption [en-kript-shun]

    The term encryption refers to a program that is used to scramble and then unscramble data on a network so that specific portions of data are unreadable to people who are not authorized to have access to that data.

    Entry Page [ehn-tree payg]

    The entry page of a website is the page on which a visitor first arrives. This page is often the homepage, however, links from other websites may direct a visitor to any specific webpage within a website. Knowing which website pages are frequently being used as entry pages can help a web designer customize other portions of the site to best fit visitors needs.

    Exit Page [eg-zit peyj]

    The exit page of a website is the page a visitor chooses to discontinue viewing the website. Statistics on the frequency a page is chosen as the exit page can indicate to a web designer that the content or layout of a specific page needs to be evaluated and updated to retain visitor interest.

Web Design Glossary

A series of glossary terms to help those new to web design become more familiar with commonly used terms.
  1. Web Design Glossary A-B
  2. Web Design Glossary C
  3. Web Design Glossary D
  4. Web Design Glossary E
  5. Web Design Glossary F-G