Web Development vs. Web Design

Knowing the difference between the two is the key component of getting the job done:

Many people use the two terms interchangeably, but they really do have two different meanings. If you´re looking for someone to build your website, you need to know the difference and what you are looking for ~ web development (web developer) or web design (web designer). If you hire someone to do both jobs, knowing the difference is the key component of getting the job done.

Web Development usually refers to the non-design aspect of the website such as writing markup and coding using programming and scripting languages. For larger corporations, web development can consist of hundreds of developers where as a smaller business may require a single webmaster.

Most often people think these terms are the same and misunderstand the differences between the two. Web development is the main structure of the website and the behind the scene operations where all applications and technical aspects that are made to make the website function properly. The aesthetic part of the website, what the user sees on the website, is offered by the web designer. The content of the website is very important for the success of the business. The website needs to be explicit and explain the products and services your website is trying to portray. The web developer is different from the web designer in this way.

There are two main differences between the two:

The usability of the website is the job for the web developer, such as a login system, posts, blogging sites, articles, e-commerce sites, and shopping sites, which use a database to store the information. The development process does not include the design of the actual website itself. The web development is also referred to the “back-end” of a website. The back area of the site in which cannot be seen by visitors, but works in the order to present the right information in the correct format. Creating applications for the usability is a very complicated process and requires many steps and a great deal of information and time. Things to consider here include planning, design, producing, releasing, and maintaining the applications.

The look and feel of the website, also referred to the “front-end” of the website is the job of the web designer specialist. This is the page where your visitors will see the dynamic menus, flash , and all the bells and whistles of the website. It’s a purely visual presentation of the data and the development process that passes to your font end, such as the page that you are currently viewing now.

Should I hire one or the other or both?

Depending on what your website requires, you could hire two professionals, but why should you? Webdezigns has both the required skills of a web designer and web developer.  Contact us today!