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Jennifer NordellTreehouse Teacher
Well... they can develop things like www.wix.com :) Now granted, that also takes back-end knowledge. But I find it sincerely hard to believe that they don't have personnel specifically designated JUST for design. Those types of things are generally built by a team of several people. So, I doubt seriously that front-end developers will be completely obsolete for a while to come.
And what if the person who is doing their site there wants some fancy CSS animation of some SVG that they designed themselves? There are lots of things that are configurable in those places, but it's hard to completely replace the in-depth knowledge that a true developer would have.
Brett Van Der Westhuizen839 Points
Front end developers aren't going anywhere. Sites like wix or Squarespace are great for simple portfolio type sites but as soon as there is any real functionality going on in the back end, someone has to make it look good.
For example, I'm currently writing a bespoke CMS for an Australian client and wix would never be able to do that. But front end is changing to include a lot of JS. It's not enough anymore to only know HTML and CSS anymore.