WEB DESIGNER VS. WEB DEVELOPER: DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE?

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WEB DESIGNER VS. WEB DEVELOPER: DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE?

These days, getting help on a website is as common as hiring a plumber or an electrician. It seems everyone has a website, whether a business advertising services or just someone blogging about their lives.

For those of you who have looked around and noticed that some people advertise as web designers and others are web developers, is there a difference?

A casual survey reveals that most people consider the two terms to be the same. But there are still a class of people who like to categorize *everything* as clearly as possible. For them, there IS a difference.

BACKGROUND

To understand the difference, you have to understand the tools available to people today. When the internet first came about, the only way to create webpages was hand coding HTML and CSS. However, continued advances in technology have enabled people to use drag and drop editors such as Wix, Weebly, or Squarespace to create websites. And besides this, people use tools such as WordPress to build sites. And making things even simpler for WordPress are the advents of page builders such as Elementor, Oxygen, Fusion Builder etc. that allow people to create sites with arguably no coding. It’s not quite like drag and drop builders but you can build a very nice site with just html or css. In fact, sometimes you don’t even need that.

WEB DESIGNERS

Because of all these tools, the amount one can do for websites increases while the required technical ability decreases. Hence our belief that a web designer is one that can design or make websites but is not necessarily a programmer. Web designers may focus more on the design features of websites.

Granted this is very important work. The average consumer doesn’t care but

WEB DEVELOPERS

On the other hand, it is our premise that web developers are those that are able to code when necessary. These people may also have design capabilities but also have the ability to add custom functionality to websites. Web developers are more likely to use WordPress instead of drag and drop builders like Wix. And they may even create custom code sites using pure html/css, PHP or other programming languages.

But there are even drag and drop editors for WordPress too.

WHAT IS IDEA MAKER?

So all this leads to the question for Idea Maker: are we web designers or web developers?

The answer is both! At Idea Maker, we have graphic artists on staff along with front and back end coders. This enables us to encompass all required responsibilities of web design and development. We pride ourselves at being able to turn out beautiful designs. At the same time, we can solve any technical hurdle thrown our way. We’ve integrated with countless apis, set up cloud servers, and build custom coded webapps that would amaze you.

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