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Web Design VS Web Development

Hello i am thinking About Starting a Career in Web Development Freelance. But my Question is Do I have To Know Web Design to get a career or Can o get by Just Simply Coding Websites. also i am not a artist but more technical person but i do want to start working as a web developer . please anyone has any advice were to begin also what should in know about Web coding.

2 Answers

Scott Evans
Scott Evans
4,236 Points

Hi Jonathan.

I myself am like you, more technical than i am creative. I currently have a career doing web development as well.

The way i look at it, you could split this down into 3 separate categories.

Web Design - Web designers are very creative and artistic, these are the guys who usually create captivating designs using Adobe Photoshop or other similar software.

Web Design Developers - These sort of people have ability on both sides of the fence. They are able to create designs when needed, and create graphics, but they also have a deep understanding of how to convert a web design into a working HTML website. Some of these types of people take it even further often having some understanding of functionality based languages like PHP or ASP.

Web Developer - Web developers are the people who turn an awesome looking HTML webpages into something that offers a user extended functionality like the ability to login, or upload photos. These people tend to have a lot of knowledge in languages like PHP, ASP, Javascript and similar.

If you would like anymore specific advice, or in-depth information, don't hesitate to comment or post again and i will be happy to help!

Happy Learning,

Scott Evans (PHP, iOS, Linux, Web Developer)

Thanks Scott You Made My Day But one last Question is my Macbook Early 2008 With Mac Os X Loin Good Enough with 4GB Ram And 64GB Of HDD Space Good

Scott Evans
Scott Evans
4,236 Points

Yeah that's perfectly fine. If you find yourself running out of disk space, you could always look into some sort of free hosting solution while you learn.

Erik Drouhard
Erik Drouhard
16,500 Points

Hey Johnathan, IMO, you don't necessarily need to know Design at a high level. However, it would certainly help you to be familiar with web design concepts. Creating web experiences is collaborative and the more you know the better off you'll be when interacting with people coming from other disciplines.

Web Design is not illustrationโ€“although, designers can sometimes be illustrators too. Web Design IS problem solving. If you're just starting out, try to absorb as much as possible. HTML, CSS and Javascript can go a long way and there is a TON to learn with only those 3. If you have those down and you want to add to your developer skill set then try learning a backend language like PHP, Ruby or Python. I would recommend sticking with 1 and becoming proficient before moving to another.

Good luck!

Thanks Eric I Seem to Be Into Ruby Development so I think I'll Try Ruby Development Track Thanks