With millions of websites making its mark on the online platform, the two terms that have gained popularity in recent years are website development and website design. There are several misconceptions that website development and website design are one and the same thing and that it can be used interchangeably. However, there are important differences in the demarcation of these two terms and therefore understanding the difference between website development and web design is important for building a successful website.
What is meant by Web Design
The visual representation of a website is the responsibility of a web designer. The main job of a web designer is to design an appealing website so that the audience gets hooked on it and enjoys navigation through the website. Web designers create the look of the website and the attraction quotient of the website is determined by them. Web designers are experts in colour scheme, template design and layout of the web pages. A good web designer is proficient at graphic design, flash design as well as animations and uses these techniques to enhance the website. Programs like Adobe Photoshop are expertly used to achieve their desired result.
What is meant by Web Development
Web development is referred to as “back-end “of the website whereas website is referred to as “front-end” of the website by people in the industry. The functionality of the website is managed by the development team. The aspect of coding that lies behind the working of a website is not visible on the exterior is addressed by web developers. A web developers job is to technically engineer the website from inception to completion. All aspects that go behind the construction of website falls under the domain of web development, such functions include; what the navigation will be like, what the user’s experience will be like in terms of browsing and the loading time of the page. A web developers job is highly specialised and it demands proficiency in HTML and dynamic scripting language like PHP, ASP, etc.
Website design and web development are two different aspects that work together, each playing key roles in the making of a website. There can be overlapping of skills but typically they are two specialized fields that require knowledge specific to their areas.
AUTHOR: Suyan (Content Writer)
Success Focus Pty LTd