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Web Designer vs Web Developer: What’s the Difference?

They work together to build a website, and some professionals perform both jobs, but there are differences between them.

If a Web Designer makes you think about someone responsible for the website’s aesthetics, you are right, but only partially. Web designers are also responsible for the functionality from a user’s perspective, meaning the overall experience a person has by using that website. It’s called usability and user experience.

They think about what a website needs and how to build it. In the process, web designers consider the latest web design trends, design norms, target audience behavior, and branding. It’s all about understanding the psychology behind what they are designing and making sure it will help trigger the right actions and reactions from visitors. Web designers use their skill sets to build wireframes, mockups, design systems, color palettes, templates, fonts, and more. Most web designers use CMS tools, designing and editing software or programs, and a website builder platform to perform their tasks. They may also use stock photography, image optimization, and compression tools.

Web developers are responsible for making that design work as a website. They handle the more technical work, including complex coding and advanced programming language. Web developers use HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, and other programming languages to bring to life the work made by the designers.

A web developer can contribute to three stages of creating a website. Front-end Development, also known as client-side development, will take care of the appearance of a website. Back-end Development, also known as server-side development, is the aspect the website visitors don’t see from the front end. It will make sure everything works as it should. Full-stack developers will take care of both the back end and the front end of a website. They have a solid understanding of how these parts work and function together. In many cases, this makes the workflow easier.

Front-end developers code the website using CSS, HTML, JavaScript, and other languages. Some work with CMS platforms as well.

A Back-end developer code the database and server using advanced programming languages such as PHP, C#, Java, Ruby, and SQL, as well as NodeJS and other server-side frameworks.

In summary, a web designer is a graphic artist responsible for designing the website’s layout, usability, and visual appearance. A web developer is someone who builds and maintains the core structure of a website.

Contact MJC Agency for all ofyour website design needs:

(508) 492-5380

PO Box 686

Manomet, MA 02345


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