Sunday, February 12th, 2017
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.
Building a house
Building a website
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 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 designers must also strategically layout content where they are most effective.
Web design is also responsible for the following:
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:
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.
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.