What’s the difference between a web developer and a web designer?

Jun 06
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So you are investing in a website.

How do you know if you need a web developer or a web designer?

First this is how to tell the difference.

Web designers do the pretty stuff. They make it look good, often sociable creative types usually with a Mac of some description. Trendy types with style oozing from their pores.

We developers do the techie stuff. They wouldn’t know sexy design if it smacked them in the face. Offer them a Mac and they will go into a rant about performance over design, only seen in daylight on their way home from the office.

So which do you need?

In an ideal world both.

Start with the designer, they will make you look amazing online and this is very, very important in the highly competitive world of the internet.

But don’t stop there.

The developer will make that design actually work. They convert all those ‘royal blues’ into actual code computers understand. They take that stunning design and make it display on desktops and mobiles alike.

For even more oomph in your website employ a copywriter and professional photographer too.

Oh and don’t forget that a website is part of your marketing communications strategy so you should probably have a marketing expert too.

All of a sudden you can see why a £500 website isn’t such a good idea after all.

No-body is brilliant at all of these things. They each have their place. Fantastic websites are built by teams of people with specialist skills.

Yes your neighbours teenage sons friend can put something online for you.

I can bake a cake but I’m no Mary Berry.

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