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Web Developers Vs. Web Designers (They’re different, We Swear) and Why You Need Them Both

Web Developers Vs. Web Designers (They’re different, We Swear) and Why You Need Them Both

You’ve decided to launch a website for your growing business—great! Now What? You may find yourself wondering what happens next, or what you might need to actually get your website up and running, and it seems that there are many people who have suggestions. “You need a web developer!”, someone tells you. A colleague tells you over dinner to “get a great web designer”. Which one do you choose? The answer is simple--both.

Developers and designers are responsible for bringing your site together in different ways, and no good website can be built without the help of each. Keep reading to learn more about each of them—what they do, and why it’s crucial for your website to use both.

The Importance of Designers

What you see when you look at a website is made possible because of designers. Web designers take care of the visual portion of a website, making sure that it looks nice and that everything is in the right place.

Once a site is ready for design, our designers get to work creating a visually-pleasing website, understanding things like color theory and the proper flow of the design. They put together a puzzle that reveals a consistent theme. The result is a website that pops, and stands out from the rest, that appeals to the right audience. A designer may use small amounts of programming to ensure that the design works.

While designers may know a little bit about code, it is important to know that they are not developers. More than anything, a good designer needs to be digitally savvy. After all, users want a website that is both easy to use, and nice to look at, without creating extra work for the user.

Here at Net Driven, our designers work with Client Relationship Managers (and the clients, by proxy) to ensure the client receives the best possible design—one that’s unique and user-friendly. Once the design is completed, the design team hands it over to the developers.

What Does a Developer Do?

After our designers build the aesthetic portion of your site, our developers, often called programmers, step in to make it a fully functioning website. Using programming languages like CSS, HTML and Javascript, developers bring a site to life. Basically, they take the designers work and connect all the dots to make the site functional (and pretty). If the proper coding is not applied, a website cannot function. Think of this code as the DNA of your website—without it, the site can’t exist.

Developers can be divided into 2 groups—frontend and backend. What’s the difference? Let us tell you.

Frontend developers are responsible for everything that you see in front of you. This includes everything a user touches directly, such as buttons, colors, and navigation menus. Frontend developers use a variety of code to create everything you see on a site.

Backend developers play a slightly different part. Backend developers are responsible for everything that goes on behind the scenes of a website. These are the folks who ensure that everything you see on the website works properly, by making sure that the backend communicates with the frontend of the site. These two functions are critical for creating a functional website. You simply cannot create a website without both.

When you sign up with Net Driven, you will receive a personalized website that has been created by both our design and development teams. Both teams will work closely to ensure that your website is fully functional, and that it looks great. While some companies have employees that serve as designers and developers, we understand the need to keep those roles separate.

Now that you know the difference between the two, hopefully you understand why they’re both important—and necessary.

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