Website Design & Development

Designing and developing a website is becoming increasingly complex nowadays, requiring a full ecosystem of responsibilities and skillsets.

What is Website Design & Development?

The process of constructing a website is referred to as website design and development. It entails two key skill sets, as the name implies: website design and website development. Website design determines how a website appears and feels, whereas web development decides how it performs.

Because there isn’t usually a clear distinction between the two roles, the terms are frequently used interchangeably. As the internet evolves, so do the roles.

In the nearly 30 years since the first website was established, a plethora of job positions have emerged to capture the varied skillsets required to build a website, with more emerging each year. These titles frequently overlap, and their meanings differ from one company to the next. The variety of titles might get you confused but the responsibilities of the titles are pretty much the same, designing and developing websites, the differences are in the specific expertise of the title holders.

Design, front-end and back-end development

Front-end development is the design that the user sees is created in a browser. The design specifies a website's colors, layout, typography, and images—everything that contributes to a website's branding and usability—and necessitates the use of programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe XD, and Sketch.

Front-end development is the process of implementing a design using coding languages such as HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Users can interact with buttons, photos, text, contact forms, and navigation menus using these languages. They are also essential to responsive and adaptive design.

Some designers code, while others are designers. Some designers never touch any code. Some front-end developers specialize solely in coding. The freedom in not having to do anything mandatorily allows the designers and developers to shine what they’re good at.

What the user does not see happens on a server and requires back-end development

A website requires a back end to store and manage the data received from the front end. When a customer purchases anything or fills out a form, they are entering data into an application on the front end of the website. That data is saved in a database that is hosted on a server. A website works the way you want it to because the front and back ends are always synced to each other. A back-end developer is analogous to a conductor. They ensure that applications, databases, and servers function in tandem by employing languages such as Ruby, PHP, ASP.NET, and JavaScript, as well as frameworks such as Ruby on Rails and SQL.

Web Design Elements

Web designers are continuously brainstorming solutions and issues for their clients. Websites should make it simple, this way users may go where they need to with no hassles. A dissatisfied user is less inclined to stay, much alone return to the website.

That is why each web design element serves the purpose of making the website as simple to use as possible: so that people would return and interact with the website again and again.

Layout: The layout of a website is the arrangement of the header, navigation menu, footer, content, and images. The layout is determined by the goal of the website and how the web designer wants the user to interact with the website.

Visual Hierarchy: The process of determining which aesthetic features of a website should stand out utilizing size, color, spacing, and other factors is known as a visual hierarchy. A user should be able to find the information they require by simply browsing a website. This is when visual hierarchy enters the picture.

Navigation: Navigation assists users in getting from point A to point B by utilizing navigational tools such as site layout, menus, and search boxes. Users may quickly and easily discover the information they need thanks to simple, effective navigation.

Color: Color gives website individuality, helps it stand out, and instructs the user on how to proceed. The color palette of a brand may be chosen by its existing identity or by the content of a website (like how a plant related website uses hues of green). A uniform color palette aids in the organization of a website.

Graphics: The logos, symbols, and images that appear on a website are referred to as graphics. They should go well with the color scheme, layout, and content.

Speed: A user’s first impression relies on how long it takes for a website to load. If it takes too long, chances are the user won’t stick around. So managing the speed of loading the website is a crucial element to designing and developing a website.

Accessibility: The accessibility of a website determines who may and cannot use it. Prioritizing accessibility guarantees that all users have equal access to and usage of a website and its services. To have good traffic on the website, website developers have to make sure that the website is easily accessible, and accessibility should be a top priority for designing a website. This will determine the other elements of a website such as a layout, graphics, visual hierarchy and navigation.

Website Design & Development Solutions

Digital Bowl’s website design and development team create interactive and seamless websites to give your clients an amazing online experience of your business. We turn your ideas and vision into a website that will grow your business and create connections with your online visitors. Contact us today to discuss your existing website or plan a new website business growth strategy.