Creating a functional, user-friendly, and visually pleasing website is not an easy job. Especially if you are an eCommerce owner, and your website requires product pages, implementation of the configurator, and other complex features. You will soon realize that "do it yourself" isn't the best solution for serious, high-level business. Naturally, you will find a professional to develop your web for you.
Often, people get confused and start searching for just a web designer or just a web developer, without realizing the difference between the two. They are equally important, and best if working together. Let's look at who is a web designer and who is a web developer, their main differences, what they have in common, and do you need both of them. Simply said, both of them are a crucial part of web development, but they are responsible for different areas. In a nutshell, we can say that developers build your functional website using programming languages, while the designer is making sure your website looks nice and intuitive. The designer will be someone who will take care of the aesthetic part of your website, and the developer will turn that beautiful design into a smooth, functional page.
They are creative ones. As we said above, the web designer will be in charge of your website's visual aspect. They must have a sense of aesthetics, keep track of designing trends, be creative, be able to make a website that will stand out in millions of others, and use designing tools. Some of the most common designing tools are Photoshop, InVision Studio, Coreldraw, Dreamweaver, Sketch, and many others.
A web designer must be able to understand your brand and audience and come up with a design that your customers will love. He will use his knowledge and tools to present you with his ideas and suggest you change in yours if necessary.
Does this mean that web designer doesn't need to have any coding knowledge? Not really. A great web designer will definitely have some minimum programming knowledge. Because they are responsible for the final "product" that your customers will see, they must understand the developer's process. They will work closely, so they have to be able to communicate properly. That's why some basic coding knowledge will come in handy.
Basically, a web developer is there to build and maintain your website according to your and your customer's needs and designer's input. Sounds simple. However, there are several different types of web developers - backend, front-end, and full-stack developers. Which one do you need for your website? Eather both backend and front-end or a full-stack, because he is specialized in both. But, building a website is not their only job. Running tests, fixing bugs, improving a website, and overall maintenance is something that fits in their description, as well. While web designers are creative ones (don't get us wrong, we're not saying developers can't be creative), web developers are problem solvers. They are going to make sure your website runs smoothly. Web development is a huge area, and with many options, different developers will most likely specialize in different programming languages. To understand better who you need, we will go further and explain each category to you.
The backend developer is the one that will provide the technology that is necessary for a front-end developer to build a functional website. This technology includes a server, a database, and an application. Even though your customers will never see this part of your web development, it is crucial because, without this, the website wouldn't exist. The backend developer has to make sure all those three elements (a server, a database, and an application) communicate with each other without a mistake. In this process, developers will build an application using programming languages like PHP, Java, Python, and Ruby. They will then find and save data with tools such as Oracle, MySQL, and SQL server tools. This data will then be delivered to the user in a front-end code. Yes, the backend developer is building something front user will never see. However, his work is not independent. He still needs to make sure he understands the client's needs. This will often mean going back and forth with the client and delivering different solutions for the project. Just like front-end developers, backends are also responsible for testing and fixing bugs on their part of the website development.
The simplest explanation is that full-stack developers can do the whole process of website development, i.e., everything we wrote above. They usually have a lot of experience and knowledge and knows the best practices in the industry. Even if it seems like a better idea to hire a full-stack developer rather then front-end and backend, keep in mind that sometimes it is better to have a niched professional who is an expert in his specific field.
Helioz team consists of professionals in all those areas and can help you with your website or product catalog no matter how complex your business is. Contact us to learn more.