So you’ve opened your business, and now you need to hire someone to help make your website.  Selecting a trustworthy web developer can be a daunting task since most people don’t know what web development actually entails. Now you can feel rest assured to at least have an idea on what web development is and what type of experience you will need to look for.

Web Development Introduction

When talking about web development, you may have heard the term “coding” and it refers to the code written for a website function.  These codes are directed toward the two main broad divisions of web development, and are both important for the industry.

Front-end Development

Front end development usually refers to the construction of a web application, and what it will portray when a user loads it.  Also called the client-side development, front-end development is usually the website with text, colors, buttons, and how it responds in different forms. This means the website, mobile site, or application is on the “front” side and can be manipulated by the web developer with forms of code that include HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

HTML is essentially the hanger of the websites’ code, while CSS is the clothes that dress the hanger. Javascript acts more as the shelf that the hanger with clothes on it can hang from, and it connects the functionality to the walls and structures of the closet.

Back-end Development

Back-end development is a bit more tricky, but still very important none-the-less. Back-end development is more about what is done behind-the-scenes of a website.  This type of coding usually will have to do with the CMS (content management system) functions, and any type of automation for the website. The back-end, also reffered to as the “server-side”, is responsible for the platform’s ability to store data, and input new data.  So that means every time you’ve filled out a contact form, or purchased an item, the website’s CMS is also communicating with the server and storing that data.

In order to communicate with the server side, the developer has to use programming languages like Ruby, PHP, Java, Python and .NET.  

 

Now that you know the two basic divisions of web development, you may be able to see what it is you will need help with creating in order to build the web site of your dreams.  If you still have questions, give us a call for your free consultation.

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