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Drupal CMS: Glossary

Learn about terminology used around websites and in Drupal.

This guide is aimed at

  • Staff
  • PG Students

if you would like us to add any other terms to the Glossary, please email web-support@ucl.ac.uk

aliasan alternative and easier name for a page, allowing the user to find the page using the 'alias'.
cta buttoncall-to-action buttons are used to guide users to take action such as apply for a course, register for a conference etc.
detail pagea page with detailed information - can also be called a 'child' page.
feedfeature set up by Digital Presence to allow editors to show news, events and case studies.
IAinformation architecture of a website - the art and science of organizing and labelling websites, intranets etc.
landing pagean important page where users are likely to 'land' through search. It usually has teasers and links but little text.
redirectsending a web-address to a 'new' web-address e.g. your website used to be called ucl.ac.uk/cooking-with-spices but now you have a completely new website called ucl.ac.uk/spice. Any user going to the old web address, will automatically be 'redirected' to the new site.
right-clickDrupal allows for right-click e.g. when working with tables. It means you can right-click on the mouse to show a menu. Try it!
screen readersoftware used by people who are blind or visually impaired. Our insistence on 'good practice' often comes from helping people using screen readers!
standfirsta brief description of what the page is about - this is used by Search engines and appears when users find their link on e.g. Google
taxonomywe use the word taxonomy to describe a set of keyword tags that can be used to categorise and display content
teaseran image and link with minimal text, 'teasing' the user to click and find out more... Teaser normally appear on landing pages.
UXuser experience design - the process of enhancing user satisfaction with a product by improving the usability, accessibility and pleasure provided in the interaction with the product.
Vanity URLusing a 'beautiful' name to 'hide' a not-so-beautiful name. This is often done for printing purposes where it's easier for users to remember a short name e.g. ucl.ac.uk/open which is the 'beautiful' and often shortened name for e.g. ucl.ac.uk/open-day-at-ucl
web auditgo through a website to establish what its contents are, what may be deleted, what must be kept, what must be updated etc.

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