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Acronyms from A to WYSIWIG

Techies love acronyms. Whenever possible, they give new technologies really long names and then cutely shorten them to their acronym.

Techies love acronyms. Whenever possible, they give new technologies really long names and then cutely shorten them to their acronym. Our favorite acronym is probably WYSIWIG (What You See Is What You Get!) both because it’s so cheeky and ridiculously straightforward.

Here at Skillcrush we have by no means defined every tech related acronym, but we have gotten a good start and we wanted to collect all those acronyms together in a handy list and share them with you!

A/B Testing
A/B testing compares different versions of the same web page to see which one performs better with users.

AJAX is a set of technologies that makes the web highly interactive and responsive. It stands for Asynchronous Javascript and XML.

API stands for Application Programming Interface, and it’s how computers and web applications share information with each other.

CPM, CPC, and CPA are the three main ways that digital media companies charge advertisers for online advertising.

A CMS (Content Management System) is a piece of software that lets you easily write, edit and publish content on the web.

CRUD stands for create, read, update, and delete and those are the four most basic things you can do to data.

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is the language that makes the web look nice.

DNS is the phonebook of the Internet.

Open source (or Free and Open Source Software) is the practice of sharing how a computer program was made and allowing anyone to customize the program as they see fit.

FTP & SFTP are two common way to put your website files on a web server so that they can be accessed via the internet.

HTML describes what each part of a web page is to your browser.

HTML5 is the fifth and most recent version of HTML. HTML5 has some great new additions that make it much more powerful and specific than HTML 4.0.

HTTP is the standard used for shuttling information around the Web. HTTPS is the secure version (S is for secure).

IP Address
An IP address is your computer’s address on the internet. It looks something like this:

JSON stands for JavaScript Object Notation and it’s one common way to pass information from a database to a website.

MySQL is one of the most popular databases in the world, and no one agrees on how to pronounce it.

MVC stands for Model-View-Controller and it’s the most popular way to organize and separate the different functions of a web application.

PHP is one of the most popular programming languages for the web.

POP and IMAP are two ways an email client can fetch your email.

REST is a set of simple rules for how to organize and transmit information on the internet.

Rails, a.k.a. Ruby on Rails, is a framework for building web applications.

SaaS stands for software as a service and it is a way to deliver software to users via a subscription over the Internet.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is the process of making your site more visible on search engines like Google.

QA stands for Quality Assurance, and it’s the process a site or product goes through to make sure everything’s working right.

VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol, the technology that lets your mom call you over the internet!

WYSIWYG (“What You See Is What You Get”) editors allow you to create content without knowing how to code.