A Guide to Web Design & Web Development.

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A Guide to Web Design & Web Development.

A Guide to Web Design & Web Development.


From YMG – The Award-Winning Digital Marketing Agency in Chelmsford, Essex.


It’s difficult understanding the difference between web design and web development, right?

Wrong. Because here’s an easy to follow guide on knowing the difference.

After reading this, you won’t have any more awkward situations where you’re contacting a web designer to perform a web development role.


Web Design.

As the name suggests, web design is almost exclusively the look and feel of the website. Think of a web designer as the Bob Ross of your website. Elements of web design include the layout, creating templates for web copy, illustration and logo design/placement. Due to this, having skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, and various other applications like these are usually needed. There are two main areas of web design:


UX Design.

UX design is short for user experience design. UX designers focus on making sure your website runs smoothly and as intended. Having a website that runs as intended ensures a better user experience whilst navigating your website. UX designers will create a guideline or prototype website for a UI designer to work from. They will also have a good understanding of IA (information architecture).


UI Design.

The UI design is, simply put, everything else. User interface designing means creating the visual aspect of every web page on your website. A UI designer must also ensure the websites look corresponds to its intentions. Not only this, but it must also be aesthetically pleasing. Usually, this is done by following the plans a UX designer has previously designed.


Web Development.

Website development consists mainly of the coding and writing markup. An easy way to see an example of what a website developer does is to right click on any website and click ‘view page source’ or ‘view source’. The wall of text that looks like something from The Matrix? That is the result of a web developer’s work (I know enough about what this is to write a blog about it, but I don’t pretend to understand it). Much like web design, web development can be split into two different categories.


Front-End Development.

Front-end development is the changing of how a website looks via coding. This is sometimes called the ‘front’ or ‘client’ side, as it refers to what the client or user will see and interact with. This is created by understanding HTML (hypertext markup language), CSS (cascading style sheets) and JavaScript. By writing certain code scripts, a front-end web developer can change various elements of your websites look. For example, changing the size, shape, and colour of a button on a website and control where it sends the user to when it’s clicked. Although they may not design the aesthetic of the website, they physically code it to create the design and make it function.


Back-End Development.

When a link is clicked or a URL is entered, the browser connects to a web server for a specific resource. The web server should then respond with the correct resource. Ensuring this happens is the back-end developers’ role. To do this, a web application is written by the back-end developer. This web application extracts data from a database and translates it into a format created by the front-end developer. It then provides it to the browser. The data sent by the database can be written in various programming languages. Due to this, a back-end developer must understand how each language works. The application made by the back-end developer must also know which data to present and which not to present. Such as in the case of a database having stored personal information of its users.


Do I Need a Web Designer/Web Developer?

If you’re looking to have a well-made and fully functioning website for your business, be prepared to hire both a web designer and web developer. Web designing and web development are, as we’ve established, two different ball games. So, when hiring a freelance expert, don’t be surprised if they only offer services in one area, rather than both.


I’m Still Confused.

Understanding the roles of both a web designer and a web developer can be mind-boggling (I know it was for me at first). If you’re looking for an agency that can provide both web design and web development, YMG can help.


YMG are an award-winning and full-service digital marketing agency based in Chelmsford, Essex, and home of the Jargon Buster series, helping business owners to understand the technical terms of digital marketing.

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