Is there a difference between Web Design and Web Development? I have heard this question so many times and I’ve also heard many people say they’re interchangeable and that couldn’t be further from the truth because they are completely different and that’s what I’m breaking down below.

Let me start by saying, I also had this same exact question when I first got interested in learning to build websites and I honestly had no clue so I decided it was time to research and learn all the things!

Web Designer and Web Developer differences

Web Design

Web design is the visual aesthetics and usability of any website so the look and feel of a website. This includes color schemes, branding, layout and flow of website and everything included in the visual aspects of the UI/UX design (user interface and user experience) of a website. To be more specific here are several of the tasks that a web designer completes on a website:

  • Wireframes, mockups and story boards
  • Logo Design
  • Typography
  • Color palettes
  • Layout and format
  • Graphic Design

There are different types of Web Designers and that’s because they focus on unique work when building websites.

Web Development

The Web Developer is responsible for building and maintain the framework or core structure of the website. They take the vision and concepts provided by the Web Designer and turn them into a functioning website.

They also complete testing and maintenance projects after website has been launched.

Difference between web designer and web developer

There are a few different types of Web Developers that we’ll discuss next.

Front End Web Developer

Using HTML, CSS, Javascript and other programming languages to code websites and the majority are using Content Management Systems (CMS) such as WordPress. Front End Development involves coding and programming all of the visual elements for a website.

Back End Web Developer

The Back End Developers use advanced programming such as PHP, Java, SQL and other server side frameworks. Back end development encompasses all of the things happening behind the scenes that make the website function and work properly. It’s all the things that visitors and users don’t actually see.

Full Stack Web Developer

Lastly, a Full Stack Web Developer code both the front and back end of a website. They know how everything works together and can take care of both parts and many times you’ll see someone say they are a Web Designer or Web Developer when they are actually a Full Stack Web Developer. This happens most times in when there is an entrepreneur who is the sole business owner.

So to sum it up, web designers focus on appearance and usability and web developers focus on functionality and structure. So really each role depends on each other because without both, you cannot have a functioning website.

Hopefully that helps answer any questions you may have but please let me know if there’s anything else I can answer by leaving me a comment below.