Types of Web Designers and Developers & How to Choose One For Your Project

Web design, web development, what’s the difference? In the mind of the average person, not much. But, in actuality, there’s a great deal of difference, and that difference greatly affects what you’re getting for your money. However, it’s not about quality. Different types of web designers and developers offer different services. Just like you wouldn’t hire a Facebook expert to manage your Twitter, you wouldn’t hire a web designer to code the back end of your site.

So, let’s go over some of the different types of web designers and developers in Seattle, and how their services affect you.

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Web Developer

There are two main types of web developers, front end coders and back end coders. A very accomplished person may do both, and a team will almost certainly handle both. Front end and back end coding are the applications that allow your website to run, like menus, the framework, server access, and so on. This code is the basis of your interface and your websites functionality. Web developers can offer features like responsive design, w3C compliant code, cross browser compatibility, tableless HTML, and so on.

Back-End Developers – Back-end developers usually handle CMS, content management, security, data management, data transfer, and so on. Back end services allow you to upload content, collect data, offer security, create user profiles, and so on.

Front-End Developers – Front-End developers typically create tools, such as menus, apps, web based apps, games, and so on. These are made for direct interaction, and allow you or consumers to use them.

Plus, web development falls into multiple code categories, with some specializing in existing CMS systems, like WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal, and others specializing in custom systems.

Web Designer

A web designer is a very specific type of website builder who designs the graphic part of the website. This is one reason why many web designers are actually graphic artists, with degrees in graphic design, rather than web development. Web design is a completely different function than development, because it involves creating layouts, button sizes, fonts, styles, colors, and otherwise creating the image of the website. Some web designers know code, others do not, but they do not build websites, they design them. Much like an architect designs a website and construction workers put it together.

Like developers, web designers may specialize in an existing CMS. For example, many will create custom themes and layouts for WordPress or Joomla.

How to Choose One?

Most web development projects require a web developer and a web designer, especially if you’re starting from the ground up. On the other hand, if you’re looking for new features, or a new look, you should seek out a specialist. If you want to change the appearance, a web designer is the best place to go. On the other hand, if you want to add in new menu systems and an interactive appointment app, you definitely want a front end developer.

Knowing what you want makes it easier to choose someone to help you with your website. If you need help with web development or design, contact Rory Martin for more information.

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