So you’ve been thinking about building a website. Of course, you’ve been searching around for the best of the best to make that happen. You keep running into the terms “web designer” and “web developer” without a clear distinction as to what they really are. How are you supposed to know if you need both or just one? Is there a difference between web designers and web developers? We’re here to help find that distinction!
It’s pretty common to find that companies do both design and development, as you can’t make a website without either. But, it is important to know the difference between the two so you can be informed and helpful to the designers and developers throughout the website building process.
Think of web designers as digital architects. It’s their job to sit down with you and create the wireframe (blueprints if you will) of your website. Web designers make the creative solutions that your website needs for conversions, user experience and layouts. Since designers work with the front end of a website, the part of the website users will see, its their role to make something that is both user friendly and aesthetically pleasing. Their goal is to make a beautiful, usable website that users will love.
With the wireframe in place and an overall design set, web developers get to work. A web designers main job is to add the functionality to the design. A web developer’s focus is the back end of the website, so everything that keeps it in working order. They use code to make things work the way that it should while bringing the design to life. It’s also their job to implement interactivity into a website. So they build buttons, sliders, and links that will push users to use your website to its full potential.
So yes, there is a big difference between web designers and web developers. Both of them have an important role in the website building process and one is not more important than the other. Designers and developers balance each other out to achieve a fully functional and pleasing to the eye product. Make sure that you work with both sides of the team, being communicative and receptive so that you can get the website of your dreams created. We’ll be waiting to make that dream of yours come true!