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Web Design vs Web Development

By: Greg Williams at The Web Design Guyz

Submitted on Mon, Jul 20th, 2009 3:25 am

Everyone that accesses the Internet should be familiar with websites and the different types of formats that are available. What some users may not know is how these websites came to be and what processes are necessary in the creation of these virtual pages. The easy answer would be through the use of software applications like Adobe Dreamweaver, but these are just mere tools that make the site building easier.

Knowing the basic fundamentals is just as important and if you put some research into it, you will see terms like web design and web development. These two terms sound quite similar and often get mixed up. However they mean entirely separate things yet both play a major role in building the website.

General Concepts

It is easy to tell that both web design and web development applies to the web. But if you take out the word web you can easily tell the difference between the two based on general definitions. Design focuses more on the visuals. Graphics is one major element in web design, but the layout also helps tie the graphics together and good designs often end up balanced in the end.

But bringing up these designs in the form of a website require web development to be utilized. Web development is just the opposite focusing on the code that is needed to generate the design desired. It refers to the actual building process and also plays a major role in creating any interactive elements of the website.

Work and Experience Involved

Web designers are proficient in making use of different graphics design tools and web design utilities to come up with various web designs. Basic art and creative skills are required as one of the biggest objectives for a good design is to make sure it is unique, so the design can stand out from the rest and clean enough for people to navigate with ease. Web designing can also include basic HTML and CSS coding which are the two basic languages in web development.

But to be recognized as a web developer, more skills are required; including the knowledge of web application programming, which is necessary to add dynamic and interactive features of the already finished web design. Web development mainly brings a web design to life. Depending on the type of project, much work is needed on the coding site which means more web development than the design since most of the design work can be finished as soon as a template is made.


Because web designs can be achieved through the use of different programs, creating a web design can be much easier than going through the different processes of web development. Web development involves a lot more coding and familiarization of advanced programming languages. Only web scripts make the process a bit easier.

End Results

A finished web design has all the looks to make that generation impression and it gives you a basic idea on how to navigate through the site. Once the site is fully developed, all of the different components function making the website complete.

About the Author

Greg Williams
The Web Design Guyz
The Web Design Guyz are a Utah Web Design company.

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