The difference between website design and building

When it comes to creating a responsive, functional, and aesthetically pleasing website, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.

As part of the development process, web designers and developers utilise a wide range of tools and programs in order to create the layout, visual, and coding elements of the website. However, there is much more to website design than how your website looks visually.

Web developers also spend an awful lot of time programming and building your website in order to optimise the functionality of your site using advanced software and components.

Having recently designed and developed J3 Building Solutions website from scratch, we had to follow a number of design disciplines and guidelines in order to create a website that not only looked great but also performed to optimum standard.

What is website design?

Website design refers to the processes involved in designing the visual aspects of your website, integrating graphical images onto each page, and finely tuning the layout of your website so that it is easy to navigate.

After learning more about your business and how you want to be seen in the digital world, your website designer will user a number of programmes to create the framework for how your website will look and feel based on your brand objectives and identity.

Using programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Corel Draw, your website designer will add images and other visual aspects based on your brief.

What is website development?

A great way to understand web development is to look at the process as a way of making your website do things!

With this in mind, websites that usually require a lot of website development work tend to be those that provide ecommerce capabilities such as online payments, shopping carts, or online forums.

A professional website developer will help you to build your website from scratch, whilst taking care of any coding and other unseen aspects of your website that enhance its functionality.

This is known as the back end of your website and website developers concentrate all of their efforts on getting everything in place to ensure that your website functions efficiently and quickly.

Your website developer will also oversee every stage of the production process, from development in the early stages through to the full construction of the project, ensuring that every part of your website works to optimum capacity

Concentrating on areas such as reducing loading times and ensuring that your website is easy to navigate, a website developer is responsible for coding server side applications, creating complex ecommerce transactions, handling databases and optimising SEO.

Before choosing a website developer to complete your project, you should set up a meeting with the company to run through your objectives. This will allow you to determine whether or not you are compatible or not. And remember, don’t be afraid to ask for recent examples of their work – this can be a great way of getting an idea of their work.