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web designer vs web developer

what is the difference between a web designer and a web developer? thanks

1 Answer

Ricky Catron
Ricky Catron
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A web designer usually focuses on the look of the website. They use tools like Photoshop to design images, they build a lot of the HTML framework, and they do the CSS to make the page look good. Sometimes they also do whats called UX or User Experience in which they attempt to build a site to perfectly fit the needs of a group of people, they make it easy to use, and try to understand how and why people like or dislike parts of their site.

A web developer focuses on building a functional site. They might work in the front or back of the project but their goal is to make the site work and work well. They might process data from forms, login users, interact with databases, or add eCommerce. They might work with Python, PHP, JavaScript, or Ruby.

A designer and developer can be the same person this is called a Full Stack Developer, someone who handles every part of the project from start to finish. This is just a basic description but there are million more details and opinions on what these titles mean.

Goodluck! --Ricky