Differences Between Web Developer and Web Designer

A website usually has two aspects to it. The first is the technical framework of code based on which the website gets created. This requires software development which is done by a web developer. A user or lay visitor to the website would not know about the code that is used in the website.

But how the website looks and how the various visual elements of a website come together to provide a good user experience would depend on how the website is designed. This work would be done by a web designer.

Web Development

Let us look at web development in more detail. When a developer creates (develops) a website, there are two aspects he needs to take care of. The first is the server or the data side which powers the website. The developer would need to design programs that would be able to utilize the database on the server and take care of the backend. The second aspect of web development is the user who is visiting the website. The developer would need to put in place adequate logic-based code that would be able to respond to the user’s queries, actions, and requests and act accordingly. The result of this front-end activity of the website would usually be visible to the user in the form of a new page getting opened, or a pop-up becoming visible, or a form getting displayed, etc.  It is one of the most efficient and popular languages used for creating web apps. The popular programming language JavaScript is used to write the code for Node.js and can be used for both frontend and backend. The first version of this open-source platform was released more than nine years ago, and in the intervening period, it has gained immense popularity.

A web developer would usually be working with some programming languages like HTML5, JavaScript, PHP, or CSS. These languages would be run on certain frameworks like Angular, React, Ember, etc., and would utilize predesigned libraries in order to work. Some developers also work with a Content Management Development Service like WordPress or Joomla. This allows them to follow a structured path towards developing the website. Finally, once the basic structure is in place, web developers add-on images, sliders, question buttons, a list of links, and other add-ons which would help improve the communication with the user.

Web Design

Designing a website usually involves working on the nuts and bolts behind the scenes in order to provide a skeletal structure to a website, which can then be used by the web developer to bring the website to life. Designers usually start off by looking at the planned architecture of the website and create a basic wireframe from it. This would also include all the visual aspects of the website including the layout of different pages, the flow of information between pages, the sitemap governing the website, and even the color palette that would be used across the pages. The web designer would need to understand the purpose of the website and the expected profile of the traffic to the website and decide on the typefaces and font sizes accordingly. He might be called upon to design and place recurring images (or logos) that would appear on all pages of the website. Because of these reasons, a web designer needs to have an eye for aesthetics. He must be able to provide a pleasing contrast for different sections on a page and across the website which doesn’t jar the senses yet is able to highlight different segments. A designer must be able to perfectly balance the use of smaller and bigger typefaces or darker and lighter colors. Finally, a designer needs to keep track of earlier work done on a website so that the continuity of fonts, colors, layouts, and designs are maintained on all pages and sections.

The Way Forward

The distinction of designer vs developer has begun to fade slightly. The need of the future is a web designer who also has more than a rudimentary knowledge of coding so that he doesn’t need to depend on anyone else for creating mockups and prototypes. Similarly, a web developer with a good visual sense and a basic understanding of grid maps and information architecture would be able to see for himself the visual effects of the programming changes that he is bringing in.

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Nisarg Mehta, CEO & Chairman of Techtic Solutions, is the vision of the company. Nisarg is active in operations in his daily routine as he is one of the key decision makers in terms of technological advancements of the company. He is a friendly leader with hardworking, motivating, visionary and passionate personality.

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