Here at Relative Creative, we often get asked the difference between web design and web development, since many people, inside and outside the industry use both terms interchangeably. And though the majority of web designe firms perform web development services as well, this is not always the case (or at least has not always been).
Web Design, you see, was once considered merely a “Design” function, and did not result in an actual functioning website being developed. It was the “Designer” who chose the color palates, created the graphics, laid out sections and areas where the text would best be read, and put together a sort of artboard that, once programmed, would turn into a website. But at that time, the web designer didn’t program the websites to be functional, and the programmer didn’t perform any type of web design. They were two different functions under the umbrella of “Web Development”.
Nowdays, they usually come in the same package.
Web Development is the overall process of creating an easily operable and aesthetically pleasing website that keeps people engaged through both the “Design” and the “Functionality”. A true web developer can accomplish both underlying functions of web design and programming. Much of this has been made easier with Content Management Systems (such as WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla), but a web developer puts both the web design and the underlying programming together to create a website that accomplishes the client’s goals – whatever that may be.
If you live or work in or around the Owensboro, KY or Evansville, IN and need help with web design, web development, or online marketing, feel free to contact us at your convenience.