Web Designing Vs. Web Development : The Difference

difference between web design and web development

 Dec 12 2016 @12:30 PM

Article By- Jagriti P.

A company or organization has decided to build their website, so they will need a web developer to make sure they are using advanced technology with all the technical experience. Now talk about web designer, why they need web designer? Is web developer and web designer are the same or different? How you can define yourself a web developer?


A company or organization has decided to build their website, so they will need a web developer to make sure they are using advanced technology with all the technical experience. Now talk about web designer, why they need web designer? Is web developer and web designer are the same or different? How you can define yourself a web developer?

A web developer is technically perfect programmer who creates programs and applications for the World Wide Web. A web developer knows how to build a website by using all the advanced technologies from the scratch. They can create custom code to accommodate every organization or application’s unique needs, developing everything from the site layout to features and functions on the webpage.

Responsibilities of a Web developer

As a web developer you can divided web development into three parts:
•    Client-side scripting, or web browser scripting for end user -which is code that executes in a web browser and determines what your customers or clients will see when they land on your website.
•    Server-side scripting, or Business logic - which is code that executes on a web server and powers the behind-the-scenes mechanics of how a website works.
•    Database technology, which also helps keep a website running smoothly.

A web developer is typically tasked with building a website from the ground up, using skills in one or more of these three areas.
In fact, large-scale web projects often divide these tasks among multiple web developers: one developer may focus on setting up the back end of a site while another focuses on the client side to add style and functionality to the website itself.
The advantage of building a website from the ground up is that you can create something original that fits your specific needs.

Client-side Languages and Scripting

Client-side scripting refers to the creation of web applications that execute themselves within the browser of a user’s computer, like what will be the final view of the website,storing user data in cookies, simple flash games, or other forms of interactive web applications. This also includes using languages like HTML, CSS or JavaScript to build the layout, look and feel of a website.
Here are some examples of client-side languages:

•    HTML
•    HTML5
•    CSS
•    CSS3
•    JavaScript
•    Flash
•    Jquery
•    Node.js
•    Microsoft Silverlight

Server-side languages (Business logic)

Server-side scripting is a technique used by web developers to build the backend of a website.
How a button click will work? How we can do the search? How we will go to one page to other without data lose? How and where site is storing data?Why is that so critical for your new site? A web browser’s storage is limited by the end user’s computer (i.e. the person using the website), so websites need to host the files and images that make the site work in a database on a web server.
Server-side scripting involves constructing the framework that allows the database on the web server to communicate with the web browser of the end user’s computer. To make it work, the developer embeds scripts in your website so that, when someone using your site takes a particular action, the server can display set images or information. Server-side code is also inherently more secure, as the person using your website has no direct access to source code, proprietary databases or data beyond what’s specifically shown to them.
The following are examples of server-side languages:

•    ASP.NET
•    C
•    Java
•    PHP
•    Python
•    Ruby

Database Technologies

The final set of skills to look for in a web developer is the database technologies they are familiar with. Where we are storing our data? How we are going to pull and select our data? What queries we needed to run? What database we will use? In order to work properly, every website needs a database to store its code, images, files and other data.
These relational database management systems (RDBMS) are the most popular for web-based applications:

•    Oracle
•    Microsoft SQL Server
•    MySQL
•    IBM DB2
•    Apache
•    MongoDB

Web Designer vs. Web Developer

A web designer’s focus is the look and feel of a website; a web developer focuses on the technical side of things. A developer who does client-side programming will have a direct impact on the look, layout and feel of a website, so  web designers and web developers will often both know HTML, CSS and JavaScript means all the client side languages.

•    A web designer will use graphic design software like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to create the logos, graphics and layout that determine the look and feel of a website.

•    The web developer will be more concerned with functionality and features, like how that art or image to put in place or the shopping cart on an ecommerce website.

A person needs both skillsets in order to build a proper website, and often a designer may not even have to write the code for business logic. In this case, a graphic designer will create a visual representation of the website’s layout while the web developer will use code to make the layout a reality.
•    For a web designer, knowing how to code can help them communicate better with the web development team.
•    For a web developer, understanding the art direction of a website can help them write better code.

 

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