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Many people use the two terms “web design” and “web development” interchangeably, but they really do have two different meanings. If you’re looking for someone to build your website, you need to know the difference.

Web Design

Web design is the customer-facing part of the website. A web designer is concerned with how a site looks and how the customers interact with it. Good web designers know how to put together the principles of design to create a site that looks great. They also understand about usability and how to create a site that customers want to navigate around in because it’s so easy to do. However, many web designers do not know how to write code but only manipulate theme templates in CMS platforms such as Joomla or WordPress. Many web designers are limted to using the graphic interfaces of programs such as Dreamweaver to make web sites which leaves functionality and design element outcomes limted as compared a developer that can program code from scratch, essentially leaving your options unlimited to match the vision of your dream website.

In addition, what happens when your site breaks, will they be able to fix it? Will a designer know how to troubleshoot a breakdown in the programming if they do not understand the language? A developer will know how to get to the root of a problem and fix it without having to go to a 3rd party to get it done.

Web Development

Web development is the back-end of the website, the programming and interactions on the pages. A web developer focuses on how a site works and how the customers get things done on it. Good web developers know how to program CGI and scripts like PHP. They understand about how web forms work and can keep a site running effectively.

Most web design firms blur the lines. At Get Jacked Marketing, we have the education, experience, and the dynamic relationships with large design firms that outsource their development needs to us, as we clearly understand the difference between design and development.  We have the ability to open up a blank notepad and build a website from scratch and therefore can be your trusted partner from design to construction to being your partner through the lifespan of your web project to keep it up and running just the way you want it to.

Make sure the web design/development firm you are considering understands the difference before you start your project.  Ask the questions:

  • what is the platform you are building my site on?
  • will I be able to maintain it myself if I choose?
  • what is your develpoment process?
  • what happens if my site breaks and goes down? Can you fix it & how long will it be down?
  • what is your plan to ensure I get my email while my site is down?

Having solid answers to these basic questions will go along way to ensure that your organizaion’s web presence will experience minimal disruptions and prevent lost opportunities to your bottom line by customers experiencing a breakdown on your website.

At Get Jacked Marketing, we provide enterprise level development service without the overhead costs of large firms. Contact us today to discover how inexpensie piece of mind can be when it come to your next web projec

*Thanks for your input to this article Jennifer Kyrnin Web Design / HTML Guide

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