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Web Design vs. Web Development:
What’s the Difference?



Web design vs. web development?

There are countless articles out there that address this frequently-asked question. I’ll get straight to the point (then details later).

Web design is concerned with the layout of web pages, color scheme, typography, and everything else related to the laying out of the visuals of a website.

Web development is concerned with the actual development of your beloved website.

Consider This Analogy:

Building a house

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Building a website

Architecture

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Web Design

Construction

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Web Development

Difference Between Web Design and Web Development in Detail

Web design is concerned with how the website looks, so web designers produce design-documents such as wireframes and mockups.

Web development is the actual construction of the website, so web developers write code and produce the website itself.

Web developers take the design produced by the web designer, and build the website according to the design.

While web designers use graphics editing softwares such as Adobe Photoshop, web developers on the other hand use code editing softwares such as Sublime.

Web Development: Front-end vs. Back-end

Web development can be further categorized into front-end development and back-end development.

Front-end a.k.a client-side web developers are responsible for coding how the website is displayed on our browsers.

Back-end a.k.a server-side web developers are responsible for coding how the website retrieves, manages, and stores data in the database, and how data from database is passed to the front-end, and other back-end functions.

In other words, the parts and functions of the website that we see from our browsers are handled by front-end web developers, while behind-the-scenes functionalities are handled by back-end web developers.

Both roles work together to produce a fully-functioning website or web application.

Web Designer vs. Web Developer: Their Expertise

The Web Designer in Action

There’s more to web design than just designing websites so that they look good. Click To Tweet

Web designers must also strategically layout content where they are most effective.

Web design is also responsible for the following:

  • Applying visual hierarchy to produce a logical flow of information.
  • Using psychology of color to design color palettes that evoke the desired emotion to the target audience.
  • Effectively designing and placing call-to-action buttons for conversion of visitors.
  • Applying best practices for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) in web design.
  • And so much more!

The Web Developer in Action

There’s a whole lot more to web development than just merely writing code.

A good developer in general does not just write code, he or she writes efficient code. Click To Tweet

Good web developers don’t only develop your website, they also:

  • Optimize your site loading speed.
  • Optimize your site for SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
  • Implement site security (unless you like getting hacked and having malware).
  • Implement responsiveness (making your website adjust to all device widths).
  • And the list goes on!

Conclusion

So when you’re hiring a web designer or web developer, you’re not just paying for the website itself, you’re also paying for the time and expertise spent on producing the best website for you.

Am I a Web Designer or Web Developer?

As for me, I studied web development in college and I keep up with the latest web development best practices. Then I studied web design after graduation.

In the tech industry, you should always be learning, or you’ll be left out. Click To Tweet

This kind of mentality enabled me to do what I love for a living – providing custom website solutions to businesses who want progress.

If you want to learn more about this topic or just drop by to say hi, I’d love to hear from you! Email me at info@karladampilag.com or click here to use my form.



About Karla Dampilag

Karla is a location-independent custom website developer. She obviously loves solving problems through web technology, but she also enjoys developing Android apps during her free time.

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One response to “Web Design vs. Web Development:
What’s the Difference?”

  1. Quora says:

    What is the difference between a web designer and a web developer?

    Short answer: A web designer uses graphics editing software such as Adobe Photoshop to layout the design of a website. A web developer writes code to “construct” the website or web application. You can read more here: http://karladampilag.com/web-desig…

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