A common question we are asked by our customers is “what is the difference between a web designer and a developer?”
At the most basic level, web designers design the pages of a website and hand off the design to a developer who brings it to life using code.
Most web design agencies, like our own web design company, perform both of these tasks but don’t differentiate between the creative arm and the development arm.
These web design jobs involve two completely different processes and if you stick around, we’ll tell you exactly how they differ.
What is the difference between a web designer and developer?
We briefly touched on this distinction in the intro but I’ll give you a more thorough description of them to give you a better understanding of what they are.
Web designers deal with all the aesthetic standards of the website. They speak to the client, ask what they’re looking for, draw up a framework for the website based on this information, and pass it off to a developer.
There are a bunch of CMS (Content Management System) websites developers can use to get the website online. At The Web Designer Group we use WordPress as not only is it the most used CMS system around today (it has approximately 59.7% of the CMS market share) it’s extremely user friendly for our clients.
We give our clients editor access to all the websites we design on our WordPress web hosting, teach them the basics in case they need to add content in the form of blogs or new pages, and install the WPBakery plugin so adding new elements to pages is easy.
What is a Web Designer?
Amakes your website look nice. They draw up the schematics for a website, much like an architect would, and hand it over to a developer who puts their vision into practice ready to to potential visitors.
They use different types of code such as CSS and HTML to produce theirdesigns which in turn makes it easier for developers to bring them to life.
Web designers also have specialisms which I’ll explain to you now.
A UX’s job is to keep a website’s engaged.
This type offocuses on improving ease of use, usability and pleasure between the customer and the website to increase customer satisfaction and loyalty.
They do this in a number of ways:
Competitor analysis helps them understand what their competitors are doing and whether it isor not to their .
Customer analysis involves collecting information on what customers enjoy interacting with and deploying the best ones into the website design.
These are the two main areas of research UX web designers engage in before they start to design websites.
Next, thefocuses on and prototypes to produce using their research and the information they’ve received from the customer.
After that, they coordinate with the UI designers and web developers to bring the website to life.
A UIhelps to the design produced by the UX designers. It’s their job to take the strategy produced by the UX web designers and the way users interact with its constituent elements.
The UIfocuses on the look and feel of the website, by performing design research, branding and graphic development, prototyping and adapting the website for various devices.
Again, the UI web designers then liaise with the development team and the developer starts to build the site.
Overall, web designers focus on creating a strategy toease of use for the visitor, research what customers enjoy interacting with and build a website design based on that information and the conversation they’ve had with the client.
What is a Web Developer?
Web developers, sometimes referred to as programmers, use the design created by the web designers and turn it into a website.
They break the design into its constituent elements and code them ready for the site.
We mentioned how the web designers are the architects of the website world, well, the developers are the builders.
However, instead of using bricks and mortar they use coding languages such as HTML and PHP to build a website.
Again, there are web developer role that focus on specifics. Here are the main ones:specialisations within the
This is where the corefor the site is built. These developers are experts in Java, HTML, PHP and so on, and all of their work is invisible to the customers. Even if the customer were to see the coding, they wouldn’t understand the language.
This is also referred to as server-side development and their job is to useto make the function properly.
Aside from this, back-end developers optimise the applications for speed and efficiency. They also create a data storage solution with a database that stores information such as user comments, posts, etc.
This type of development, also known as client-side development, is more connected to web design than back-end development. It involves using HTML, CSS andto create visual elements for customers to see.
The objective of this type of development is ensuring visitors to your website find it easy to read and relevant to what they’re looking for. It’s all about.
They also need to make sure the website is as pleasing to the eye and interactive on different types of devices with varying screen sizes and resolutions. It needs to be user-friendly in various browsers as well.
There are clear differences not only between web designers and web developers, but between specialisations within those industries.
The boundaries aren’t always clear and there are experts in both fields who can perform all the different specialisations.
At TheGroup we have experts in both the web development and fields who create bespoke websites from only £495.
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