Difference Between Web Design and Web Development : What is the difference?

(Last Updated On: 22 Aug)
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It is easy to mix them up. Web Developers and Designers are both in the same field and industry. They both seem to do the same work. They apply their expertise in the same platform or medium.

This confusion may happen when deciding who to hire for a project. Web developers and web designers do work to help build websites, but their expertise is involved in very different areas.

When I think about it, there was once a time when Architects and Interior Designers were often mixed up. People tend to believe that Architects handle everything connected to a building structure, including the interior. They are responsible for different areas. Architects took the responsibility of the core structure and Design while Interior Designers took the responsibility of designing the aesthetics of the interior.

In the same way, Web developers took the responsibility of the core structure to produce a functioning website. In contrast, Web designers took responsibility for the aesthetic part of the site. But there is more to it.

Web Designers

The Web designers’ role is to make websites look good. Designers use HTML and CSS to create codes for their designs. Designers also use software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Adobe XD to create logos, icons, and different elements for the site. But again, there is more to it than just beauty.

  1. User Interface (UI) Designer

They focus on the elements that users interact with on the site.

  1. User Experience (UX) Designer

They focus on the user’s experience and how to get them to stay and enjoy the content and what other things the website can offer. According to Adobe, 8 out of 10 consumers would discontinue and move on to other sites if the elements of a website do not display correctly on their device. Thus, making the experience of a user a priority in designing a website.

  1. A combination of both

Visual designers dip their expertise on both interface and experience but focus more on how to solve design issues. Visual Design is essential because 2 out of 3 people want to read and view visually-pleasing content material on a website.

Web Developers

Web Developers make the codes for a website’s framework using software like Javascript. They also work with the designs created by Web Designers and develop their structure based on that data.

  1. Front-end Developers

They use software such as HTML, CSS, and Javascript to create elements that users can see and interact with, such as client lead forms. They use coding skills to develop and build frameworks that are focused on client interaction.

  1. Back-end Developers

Back-end Developers are expert programmers that use software languages such as Java, C#, and SQL to create functional websites.  The codes they make are not seen by the user but interacts with servers and databases on the web. They also are the ones that do a lot of bug fixings and testings.

  1. Full Stack Developers

They are engineers that focus on working on servers, systems development, databases, and also clients. They are proficient in a programming language such as Python, PHP, C#, and JAVA.

Conclusion: Needing Team Collaboration

Websites need a lot of expertise for it to be functional, beautiful, enticing, and beneficial for both users and site owners. Any competitive website needs a team to handle the different areas that is more than one person can control. The collaboration of work is essential and made apparent by the immense data that they need to handle and manage. Every designer and developer lays the technical foundation that each part of the team strengthen with their skill and expertise.

As was mentioned above, there was once a time when Architects and Interior Designers were often mixed up. Although, in today’s time, Architects, now have Interior Design credentials and Interior Designers, now have an Architectural degree. That may also happen with Web Developers and Designers, but the amount of work that needs to be handled by both keep the roles separated at the moment. With the further development of technology used by both, the fusion of both will be imminent once software further develops to intelligently process immense data and make the work concise and easy to be handled.

Author’s Bio






John Ocampos is an Opera Singer by profession and a member of the Philippine Tenors. Ever since, Digital Marketing has always been his forte. He is the Founder of SEO-Guru and the Managing Director of Tech Hacker. John is also the Strategic SEO and Influencer Marketing Manager of Softvire Australia – the leading software eCommerce company in Australia and Softvire New Zealand.


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