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What is the difference between "Web development" and "Web design."?

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What is the difference between "Web development" and "Web design."?
posted Aug 12, 2015 by Vrije Mani Upadhyay

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Web Design

Web design is the customer-facing part of the website. A web designer is concerned with how a site looks and how the customers interact with it. Good web designers know how to put together the principles of design to create a site that looks great. They also understand about usability and how to create a site that customers want to navigate around in because it’s so easy to do.

Web Development

Web development is the back-end of the website, the programming and interactions on the pages.


A web designer:

Focuses on look and feel of a website

Uses HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

Is competent in color scheming, graphic design, and information flow

Creates a great user experience

Is right-brained: Strong intuition, creativity, & imagination

Portfolio is worth more than a degree

A web developer:

Creates the inner workings of a website

Is competent in programming languages (PHP, .NET, Python, C, Ruby)

Develops the user interface

Is left-brained: logic, linear thinking, technical

Hands-on coding experience is required (either your own products or github)

answer Aug 12, 2015 by Manikandan J
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