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Webdesign and web development, what is the difference? The two terms tend to be used alternately to describe the process of building a website. So are they identical? No, there is a difference, web design is about the aesthetics of a website – how it looks and the user experience. Web development refers to the work done behind the scenes to produce a fully functional website.
There is a lot of speculation that in the future the two roles will merge into one. Already, the most sought-after web developers also master web design. Someone who has both creative and technical skills is ideal. It is hugely beneficial to have both as they can see a project from start to finish. Problems like miscommunication or differing ideas are eliminated.
With improvements in web development software reducing the need to code anyone can build a website now, the role of the coder writing everything from scratch is becoming a rarity.
Creation of websites
Web design is about a website’s visual appearance and functionality from a user’s perspective. Web designers take a client’s ideas and concepts and turn them into websites. They work with design software like Adobe to create aesthetically appealing websites that provide a good user experience (UX). They then push those designs to the developers.
UX design refers to the process of designing a website that is useful, easy to navigate, and enjoyable to use.. It’s about enriching the experience of users when they interact with a website and ensuring that they find what you provide useful.
Web design involves UX designers and visual designers using their skills to create wireframes, mockups, design systems, color palettes, templates, and more. to help developers create the product. They must keep abreast of the latest web design trends and have the ability to interact well with customers.
A web designer does not necessarily need qualifications, creative flair and attention to detail are more important. However, most have completed an HND or degree in web design and/or computer science. The work of the web designer usually also includes follow-up services. They can create content and updates, maintenance and monitoring services, and ongoing performance checks.
Web developers can either be front-end developers or back-end developers. Some may be experts in both fields and known as full-stack developers.
Front-end developers – front-end development, mainly consists of coding and programming the aesthetics of a website. Front-end developers work closely with web designers and clients to achieve the desired look of the site.
Back-end developers – Back-end development mainly consists of working on the functionalities of a website. This includes maintaining the server hosting the website and resolving any security issues.
Besides that, there are soft skills that are good to have as a web developer. This includes problem solving and analytical thinking, which are necessary for the debugging process. Good communication skills are also important and the ability to work well with others to collaborate with customers and other key people.
What is No-Code Movement?
The no-code movement is a growing trend of using tools that allow people with little or no programming knowledge to perform tasks that normally require coding skills. The no-code tools are usually website and app builders. Users can build fully functional apps and websites without knowing any code, everything is generated in the background.
These no-code tools benefit users who cannot write code but want to build online sites and marketplaces. Although website builders like Wix and Squarespace have been around for years, they don’t allow for true customization, which still requires the skills of a web developer.
Newer tools like Webflow allow users to build fully custom websites and apps without the need to code.
So, is this the end for web designers and developers?
While there is definitely a demand for no-code tools, there will always be people who want to outsource website building, either due to lack of time or lack of technical know-how.
Some cited security concerns about using a no-code tool rather than having a fully hosted solution. There is also the issue of maintenance and bug fixing which requires specialized knowledge. A reasonably creative marketing manager can create a decent enough website, but what happens when something goes wrong? Exhibition stand contractor Black Robin Exhibits initially built their website in-house, but security issues and maintenance issues led them to outsource hosting to a web design company for peace of mind of mind.
Using a professional web developer who can incorporate SEO from the start can also have SEO benefits. Web developers may need to specialize more in building complex websites. It is likely that large, complex projects will always require the services of web designers and developers.
Ross Pike of web design company Koreti said: “We are still seeing strong demand for our services despite the DIY web builders. People don’t have time to build a website, or they want something fully customized with extensive functionality. Search engine optimization is also an important factor in the demand for our services”. One satisfied customer is Bournemouth-based Quadrant2Design, whose website has been redesigned by Koreti. As a result, they saw a lot more organic traffic that converted into more orders.
So for now, web design and development are still skills that remain in demand, but who knows what the future holds.