Web Designer VS Web Developer
Web designers as those who transform an idea, or a story, into a visually appealing design, and use their layout to build the user experience throughout the whole website.. They design the website’s look and feel. As an architect would create a plan of your house prior to start building it, similarly a web designer would model the layout of your website before a web developer can start developing it.
Web developers as those who turn the designs into a live website. Web developers uses web languages and software tools to develop the design and functionality of a website.Notice, that web developers are further split into two sub-categories; front-end developers, and back-end developers.
A front-end developer is the one who builds the interface, and provides the layout as the interaction between the back-end of the website and the user.
Back-end developers are those who control the server data and requests. Usually a website requires back-end services if it contains dynamic data.
|Main roles of a web designer||Main roles of a web developer|
|• Using software tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or Sketch to build the final layout design of the website||• Building the actual interface through which a user interacts with the website. This interface is built by front-end developers using HTML, CSS, and JS languages.|
|• Have a good feel for user experience, to identify the simplest approach possible to attain the desired function. This includes the layout, buttons, images and the general format of the website.||• Front-end developers provide the markup design to back-end developers, so they can implement a dynamic website, and submit all the required data on the server and databases|
|• Web designers need to keep themselves up to date with the latest design trends. It’s also important to keep design consistency that is made popular from other web giant companies, such as Google, and Facebook. This makes the website environment and interface easier to navigate and use, as it is already familiar to the users eyes.||• Both front-end and back-end developers can use the same development environments or IDEs (Integrated Development Environment). These are software application tools where you code and build the structure of the website.|
|• Web designers have to also keep in mind the branding of the website, colour palettes to be used, and the typography and readability of the website||• Back-end developers create the backbone of the website using languages such as PHP and MySQL.|