Are you using the phrases website development and website design interchangeably? If you are, you are not alone. However, there are differences between the two. While there are complete web solution providers, there are different job roles with different abilities. When hiring a web professional to build a website for you or your company, knowing the skillset of each may become critical and impact the overall cost.
In a nutshell, web design is the aesthetics of a website and its general usability. So, website designers work to create visual elements and devise the layout of a website using specialized software. So, the design part of a website is essentially the website’s customer-facing portion. The website designer will focus on how the website looks and how a visitor will interact with it. A good website designer will know how to make a website look great, while at the same time making it user-friendly and easy to navigate.
On the other hand, a website developer creates the functioning portions of a website using a variety of programming languages. There are both front-end and back-end developers. The front-end developer will build the code for the visual design. Small websites, with only a handful of static pages, will likely only need a front-end developer. Back-end developers write advanced code, such as systems for interacting with a database, creating online shopping carts, and communicating with payment processors.
Ultimately, smaller and mid-sized companies looking for a website redesign may become confused because of how many use website development and website design interchangeably. There are some individuals that can do both, and many companies have both designers and developers. However, there are also those with limited cross-knowledge. The skills you hire will have a dramatic impact on the overall cost of a website. You need web professionals who can handle the project you need to be completed.
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