Parts of a Website: Web Design Terms Explained

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Headers, sidebars, blog entries, footers…? While we make a decent attempt to talk in plain English, we know website specialists can utilize a lot of dialects.

Try not to stress, it’s not very difficult to clarify or recollect the pieces of a website once you comprehend the essential structure.

In this post, let me take a couple of minutes to get you alright with website architecture terms that your web design agency may utilize. At that point, you can bounce directly in and resemble an expert during your website architecture venture.

Landing page

The landing page of a website is the opening page, generally situated at your principle website URL. Its objectives are for the most part to:

  • Welcome guests
  • Help them understand they’re in the perfect spot
  • Immediately clarify what you do
  • Guide guests further into the website

Case of a landing page we intended for Rose Jewelers
Home pages can be long or short, containing a great deal of data or only a bit of, contingent upon your objectives.

Remember that the landing page isn’t generally the main page that guests arrive on when they enter your website (particularly on the off chance that you have shrewd training-based advertising and SEO technique). So, every page on your website should lead guests to become familiar with you and make a move, not simply the landing page.


A ton of customers gets some information about a “slideshow” or “picture rotator” or “swipe” on the landing page. I am bound to consider this a “slider.”

A slider on a website is a changing substance region with various “slides” of visuals or data. The slides may incorporate an enormous picture and they may likewise incorporate content and catches overlaid on top.

While sliders were exceptionally prominent quite a while prior, I don’t frequently suggest utilizing sliders for present-day website plan. Look at this article for some reasons why sliders don’t work superbly getting guests to make a move.


The header of a website is the predictable region at the highest point of the webpage that incorporates the logo and navigation menu.
A header may include:

  • Logo
  • Navigation menu
  • Tagline
  • Phone number
  • Address
  • Search box
  • Buttons
  • Social media symbols
  • Login or My Account interface
  • Opt-in box

Note that a header is classified “sticky” or “fixed” when it remains set up at the highest point of the window when the user looks down.

Navigation Menu

The navigation is a piece of the header and incorporates the connections that take guests to different pieces of your website.

We regularly hear customers call these “tabs” at the highest point of the site, however, menus intended to look like tabs are fundamentally non-existent in 2018. Rather than calling these “tabs,” you’ll rather hear us allude to the menu things as “connections” or “pages” in the menu.

Essential/Secondary Navigation

Note that navigation can incorporate both essential and auxiliary navigation menus. Two separate navigation menus are utilized when there might be a great deal of navigation required, and you need to be clear which connections are generally significant.

The essential menu incorporates the primary, most conspicuous connections. These are by and large connecting to high-esteem pages on the website like the Services and Contact pages.

The optional menu incorporates different connections that may not be as value-based or significant. This may be connections to Login, My Account, or Employment.


A sidebar is a zone of the website used to show data that is not part of the page’s fundamental substance.

A sidebar can incorporate a selection, the suggestion to take action, connections to different pieces of the website, connections to famous or late blog entries, promotions, internet-based life joins, or a brief “About” passage for the setting.

Sidebars used to be in vogue spots to toss all that you didn’t need a website guest to miss. Today, however, there is much more talk around the possibility that sidebars simply add diverting mess to a website. See this magnificent article.

We will, in general, keep sidebars on the websites we plan straightforward and applicable when we use them. We will likely basically manage the user to an activity we need them to take, not to divert from the principal substance of a page.

Invitation to take action

An invitation to take action (“CTA”) is the piece of a website that prompts guests to make a move. It more often than not includes an eye-catching feature, a sentence or section about the advantages of making the move, and a catch or picks in box.

It is a standout amongst the most significant pieces of a website since it is the thing that aides the guest to do what you eventually need them to do.


The website footer is the reliable substance zone at the base of each page of your website. Think of it as the base bun on the website cheeseburger (if the header is the top bun).

The footer can be anything from a solitary line of copyright data to a multi-segment zone with contact data, a guide, joins, selectins, social symbols, an inquiry box, and significantly more.

The footer is an incredible spot to get the guest’s consideration and guide them more profound into your website when they achieve the base of the page. For some extraordinary thoughts, look at Orbit Media’s post Website Footer Design Best Practices.

The footer is additionally where users hope to discover Contact data, a My Account interface (if pertinent), and lawful pages like your Privacy Policy.