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Difference Between a Web Designer and Web Developer

Web Designer and Web Developer

These 2 roles are sometimes difficult to differentiate between each other from most non-technical people, HR, or managers, in this article I will explain the difference between a web designer and a web developer, including front-end, back-end, and full-stack developers.

How to Describe a Web Designer?

A web designer is a graphic designer by nature with a touch of coding in front-end programming languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

How to Describe a Web Developer?

A web developer is a programmer who delivers his/her work in the web browser sandbox, so a web developer does not create executional apps or operating systems software, a web developer is separated into 2 roles, front-end web developer and back-end web developer. So, we now need to answer what is the difference between a front-end web developer and a back-end one, or full stack developer.

What Programming Languages should a Front-end Developer know?

  • HTML, CSS, Vanilla JavaScript.
  • jQuery.
  • Reactjs, Angular, or Vue.
  • JSON, XML, and Web API consumption using JavaScript AJAX in all previous programming languages.
  • Basics of SQL Programming.

What Programming Languages should a Back-end Developer know?

  • HTML, CSS, Vanilla JavaScript.
  • jQuery.
  • Reactjs, Angular, or Vue.
  • JSON, XML, and Web API consuming and creating using a back-end programming language and JavaScript AJAX in all previous front-end programming languages.
  • PHO, ASP.Net, Java, or Python.
  • Expert in SQL Programming.

A web designer and a web developer rely on each other to deliver a complete production-ready website or web app, working both roles make you a full-stack web developer and this is the most required role of all the roles mentioned above as most companies in the world are startups and they can not afford to hire an employee for separate roles and they prefer one person to complete the tasks that their website need.

But from a quality view separating the roles provide a high-quality result, that has good user experience, interactivity, security, and maintainability. I do not believe in a one-man show in the web design and development business because there are so many things the person needs to master that it is rare to find someone like this, especially if you care about quality more than time or cost, which this the 3 pillars of project management.

 So, if you are an HR or a manager or business owner who looks what to hire you need to create a project plan first, a requirement, and a cost plan, this will guide you on which path you will take in hiring your future team whether a full stack developer or a team of 3 people, a web designer, front-end developer and a back-end developer.

I hope that I answered this question about the difference between a web designer and a web developer, if you have any other questions, please feel free to write me a comment, and I will answer yours in more detail about your inquiry.

Author: 
Emad Zedan
Date Published: 
December 29, 2022

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