Does Your Project Need a Web Designer or Web Developer? [INFOGRAPHIC]

by Ted Hunt

Last updated on October 5th, 2017

When it comes to building new websites or updating existing sites, most people don’t know the types of professionals they should hire to get the job done right.

You don’t need to run the risk of hiring the wrong person; you just need to know how to compare your Web needs with the services that professionals can offer. Generally, Web professionals fall into one of three categories: back-end developers, front-end developers, and Web designers.

Three categories of Web professionals

Back-end developers are essentially computer programmers who focus on creating Web applications. They can create content management systems, security features, and data management tools.

Having a good back-end developer gives website owners the security and flexibility they need to keep their sites running, gather information about users, and give users access to specific profiles.

Front-end developers are more experienced with creating tools that will enhance the user’s experience. If you have a design concept that needs to  function on multiple browsers and computers, then you want to hire a front-end developer.

Consistency is key here, and the site design should be scalable enough to address all types of users. This means that no matter if the user is on a desktop or is accessing the site remotely via a tablet with a mobile or satellite Internet connection, the general experience should remain the same.

Web designers don’t usually have as much experience with computer programming. They might know the basics of HTML, CSS, and other common tools, but they aren’t the people you want to rely on when you need someone to build a website.

They are, however, the people you need to create professional graphics that will appeal to your site’s visitors. Web designers might also create an overall concept that tells the developers where to build navigational features.

A team approach. More often than not, companies need to hire Web teams that can work together to create sites. A reliable Web team will have at least one developer and designer. The best ones often have multiple developers and designers who can work together to make a website that matches the client’s unique concerns.

Now, if you’re still stuck for selecting the right professional, you’re in the right place…

Web designer or Web developer?

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Teddy Hunt is a freelance content writer with a focus on technology. When not behind a computer, Teddy spends the majority of his free time outdoors and resides in Tampa, Florida. Follow him on Twitter


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  1. Mike says:
    June 30, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Good comparison
    Yes I agree web designers don’t usually have as much experience with computer programming or else they call them web developers and i think web designers can also be referred as graphic designer.

    • Justin says:
      January 27, 2018 at 10:43 pm

      That’s not particularly true because a graphic designer could have no knowledge of UI/UX or CSS stuff. That’s not really a front-end developers job, that’s all part of design.

  2. Lulu Coelho says:
    June 1, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you for your article. It is very informative. I’m just starting out as a “web developer” so, I want to gather as much info as possible. Start small… a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step (Lao Tzu). Namaste.

  3. Anonymous says:
    February 15, 2016 at 10:28 am

    An excellent web design which is created by a trustworthy company tend to attract
    more visitors compared to those websites that are done
    by a person who does not have the full knowledge and experience
    in SEO. With regard to crafting images, progression of symbol styling applications are the fad.
    Any photos you use in your website design will probably cost money as well.

    • Justin says:
      January 27, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      Right — it’s all part of the marketing budget. Unless you’re consumer facing then it’s not worth anything — there are plenty of thing in really well paying fields like finance or healthcare that have absolute GARBAGE designs… but it doesn’t matter because they do what they’re supposed to from a frontend/backend standpoint. I don’t care if my hammer has the latest Taylor Swift album cover as long as it works.

  4. Sudip Ghosh says:
    June 20, 2015 at 4:04 am

    A web user like to convert a potential customer if they land a good looking website with interactive content. Creative think and O-some-ness coding are essential for building interactive online property.

  5. Jason says:
    February 9, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I really like this article, let me know what you think of my own blog post at: do i need a web designer? I’ve spoken about the differences between diy web builder sites and professional web designers and develops.

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      February 9, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks, Jason. I like your analogy to taking prospects to a restaurant rather than a fast-food chain. Good comparison. A website needs to look professional to truly get results.

  6. sourabh rana says:
    November 26, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    now there is new term in market is DESIGN Developers. This is best match of web designers & web developers. Companies loves to hiring these design developers because they are most time & budget saving people for company. thumbsup to crazyegg team for making this very clear infographic who tells the basic difference b/w web designer & web developer.

    best regards

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      November 27, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Thanks for your thumbsup, Sourabh. And kudos to you for telling us about DESIGN Developers.

  7. Ayesha Goyal says:
    May 7, 2014 at 4:14 am

    Web designers and developers are needed for creating, designing, producing and maintaing the websites. The requirement becomes more clear by the pictorial representation of author Ted.

    • Kathryn Aragon says:
      May 7, 2014 at 9:28 am

      So true, Ayesha. Thanks for stopping by.

    • neil says:
      May 7, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Ayesha, thanks for the feedback and great points.

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