Web Design vs. Web Development & Why Use Professionals

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When you hear the terms web design and web development, you hardly give any thought to how fundamentally different the two terms are. That’s because many agencies and project managers do not exactly differentiate, as they tend to use the terms interchangeably.

The simple difference

The truth is there are differences between these two. To make it a bit less confusing, here are simple explanations of each.

Web design

Web design is mostly the aesthetic and usability of a website. Web designers may use a host of different design programs to complete their work. There is hardly a designer out there, for example, who don’t use Adobe Photoshop.

Web development

Web developers or programmers enter the picture when a huge bulk of the design process is done. That’s because they will take that website design and turn it into a fully functioning website. Instead of design applications like Photoshop, developers use HTML and other programming languages. When they are done, the website that used to be all aesthetic becomes a “living” website.

Hiring an agency

Web design and development in Boston is typically provided by the same agency. There are clients who may attempt to design their website in-house, then pass on the design to an agency to complete the development. It is, however, more advisable to use the same agency for both processes. This can make the design and development work seamlessly, as the agency oversees both processes.

You should discuss what you want in detail with the agency before the project begins. Many agencies use Content Management System (CMS) to make it easy for their clients to update and maintain their own website. You may ask your agency regarding this, and they will probably recommend a CMS like WordPress, which is easier for you to work with.

It hardly matters anymore whether you differentiate between design and development. What matters is that you use their benefits for a more streamlined user experience (UX) on your web presence.