By David Adress
President, Bitochon Technologies
There are many webmasters who don’t know the difference between a web designer and a web developer. In fact, most of them use the two terms interchangeably. For a person not familiar with the job description of each, this can be a distinction difficult to make. You might wonder that these two terms signify the same thing. Hence, it is important to clarify what each stands for and how they are different. The best way to go about it is to understand what each one does.
A web designer is responsible for the front-end of the website. They are the ones who have to shape and formulate what the visitors to the website will see when they click on it. So, the designer’s primary concern is with the look and feel of the site and the level of interactivity it provides to the visitors.They lay great emphasis on the principles of website development and using them in the correct way to ensure a smooth user experience.
Moreover, the web designers are responsible for the usability of the website and web design. They have to ensure that the website is easy to use and browse around, even for people who have visited it for the first time. The fact remains that people will only navigate a website if they want to. If the design of the website does not compel them to do so, they won’t. So, the bottom-line is that the functionality and appearance of the website are the primary concerns for the web designers.
Web developers are the ones working on the behind the scenes part of the website. They are the ones tasked with bringing the designers’ ideas to life. Unless a website is developed and coded perfectly, there is no way visitors would be able to interact with it. Moreover, they are also responsible for programming the website to ensure that it works fine. They have to test whether or not visitors will be able to get things done on the website.