Web Design & Development, these are two terms that are constantly mentioned when describing the designing or building of a website! But what do they mean and what is the difference between them?
The two terms ‘Web Design’ & ‘Web Development’, are quite different and almost interchangeable. Nowadays’ web companies use these terms to alternate the way they describe their services. Each have their own unique skill sets used in the process of building websites. It is very important that you know the difference between them, especially when looking for someone to design and develop your website.
What is Web Design?
Web Design is the planning and creation of websites. It is normally used to describe the design process to the front-end (client side) design of a website including writing mark up.It encompasses many skills and disciplines in the production and maintenance of websites. The different areas of web design include web graphic design; interface design; authoring, including standardised code and proprietary software; user experience design; search engine optimisation (seo). Combining these with the principles of design will create a website that meets the goals of the owner and designer.A web designer is someone who concerns themselves with the look of the website and how the customer interact with it. They know how to put together the principles of design, to create a site that looks amazing. They also know how customers use the website, and how to create a site that customers want to navigate around in, because it’s easy to do so. Their role involves creating mark up, and they to keep up to date with web accessibility guidelines.Web designers use several basic design principles to meet a pleasing layout which also offers excellent user experience. The five basic design principles are balance, contrast, emphasis, consistency & unity.
What is Web Development?