Whether you are ready to have a professional website built or are just curious, you may be wondering what is the difference between a web designer and a web developer? What can they do?
A web developer is like a kung fu master of designing, creating and coding websites to put it simple. A web designer is not quite as extensively educated in this industry. Together they are the masterminds behind every single website you see and without them, well, there wouldn’t be any websites to see. They are rarely credited by the consumers the way they should be. Kind of like all of the song and script writers that create some of the best music and films. That’s okay though, most of them don’t mind because they love what they do.
There are some major and some minor differences between a web designer and a web developer. The biggest difference is a designer pretty much does that, they design the looks and layout and most of them only know basic coding and protocols. A developer on the other hand, can design, create, code and implement it all. A developer has more extensive training and will be able to customize a website as much as possible. Typically a developer hand codes all of their websites and does not use prefabricated templates, thus allowing them to make anything possible. A designer often uses templates and this does not allow for completely unique one-of-a-kind websites.
Don’t get me wrong, web designers can build you a website but it just won’t be as personalized, options are limited and they tend to focus on the looks and layout more than the functionality. Before you decide what company or person you will contract to create your website, you need to know what you are looking for. If you just want a pretty basic website, a web designer will work just fine. If you are wanting to implement e-commerce and are looking for a customized website that is built around functionality and looks as well as the implementation of many things, your best bet is to get a web developer.