Understanding The Anatomy Of A Website


You may wonder whether it really matters what we call the different parts of a website?   In some ways it does not.  But when we are working on a project with you it can help save a lot of confusion if we know we are both talking about the same things.   Although our projects will have different styles and features, there are some that appear on most websites.    

Content standard terminology

These are the elements of a website that are the same for all sites.  

  • Pages are the pages that remain virtually static on your website.  They are effectively the foundations of the site.
  • Posts are not site pages but blog (news) articles with useful content that are added regularly in addition, but do not affect the layout of the site’s pages and navigation menus.
  • Products are not site pages but are items for sale, whether they are physical products, virtual products or products you will order in for a customer.  In a typical eCommerce website, the products can be added to a basket and purchased online.  For businesses stocking/selling items not suitable for purchase online, they will still be displayed as products but will be displayed in a catalogue style.
  • Categories are not site pages but are where the products within a particular category show on the site for a visitor to view.
  • Menus are the way site visitors navigate around your site.  They also help search engines understand a website.  A menu item can be a link to a page, post, product, category, or external link, for example to a second website of yours. A typical site will have a main menu and a couple of footer menus and perhaps a category menu.
  • Sub Menus appear when a site visitor hovers over a menu item as described above.  These are further links to pages etc. that are relevant to the menu item.  See the image below.

Other standard website terminology

The image below should give you an idea of what each section is and where it tends to appear, with examples.


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