Web design & web development – what is the difference?

Author: Hailey Huffman
July 5, 2022
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Most business owners know that they need a website in order to stay competitive but may not know the difference between web design and web development.

In this blog post, we will discuss the key differences between these two aspects of website creation, and explain why it is important for business owners to understand the difference. We’ll also provide tips on how to choose the right team to create your website. So if you’re ready to dive into the world of web design and development, keep reading!

1. Web design is the process of creating a website’s look and feel

Web design is the visual aspect of creating a website. Factors that contribute to design outcomes are: look, feel, color scheme, layout, etc. At Syzmic, our website design process involves communicating with our experts about what you envision and finding 2-3 competitor sites you like and 2-3 general sites that you like the look and feel of. We also require your color schemes, logos, and any other graphics you’d like to incorporate. 

2. Web development is the process of creating a website’s functionality

Web development is the process of building out the website in its entirety. A good analogy is if you hire an architect to design your home, you still need a contractor to put the building together. Instead of screws and boards, web developers use 0s & 1s. At Syzmic, when you meet with our web experts, they’ll ask many questions about the functionality of the website. This can range from contact submission forms to intricate APIs and custom work. 

3. A web designer is responsible for the visual elements of a website

4. A web developer is responsible for the technical aspects of a website

5. The two roles often work together to create a finished product

With many web development agencies, these roles are separated into individual roles. At Syzmic, all of our developers are designers also. This affects your project in many ways but the most important is speed. We can build a website in half the time because we build design and functionality at once. This also means that you are not confined to a particular design throughout the project. There’s agility in development when you can re-design projects simultaneously. 

6. It’s important to understand the difference between these two disciplines when hiring someone to build your website

When working with a vendor, it’s important to ask how these roles are separated out. We recommend reviewing the portfolio extensively and asking questions about the development process. Check out our portfolio and see our web development process here. 


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