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 a new job or someone to build your website, you need to know the difference.
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 our ability and how to create a site that customers want to navigate around in because it’s so easy to do.
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 People Blur the Lines
But when you apply for a job or look for someone to work on your site, you need to know what you’re looking for — web design or web development. Even if you can do or hire someone to do both jobs, knowing the difference is key to getting the job done.
By Jennifer Kyrnin, About.com Guide