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In 1989, more than 3 decades ago, a British scientist named Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web (WWW). The original aim in conceiving and developing it was to fulfill the necessity for automated sharing of information between scientists in universities and institutes around the world. Since then, it has only grown at a massive rate and today, every business, big or small, uses web and app development in order to draw in customers.  

Web development is a term that you may hear frequently but may not have a complete understanding of what exactly it entails. So, let’s first learn what it is and what are the different types of developer roles. Following that, we’ll find out what the benefits are. 

What is Web Development?

Simply explained, web development can easily be described as building and maintaining websites so that they not only look great but work efficiently, perform optimally, and offer an effortless user experience. This process is a continuous one and encompasses web design, web design, web content development, client-side/server-side scripting, and network security configuration, along with many other tasks. All this work is done by web developers or ‘devs’ who use a number of coding languages to ensure that everything runs seamlessly and efficiently.  

Web development can be separated into 3 distinct development roles. These are ‘Front-End’, ‘Back-End’, and ‘Full-Stack’. As mentioned earlier, there’s a lot of work that goes into building a website or an app. In fact, you could say it takes a village to do so. Of course, in this case, we’re talking about a web development agency that has people working in each of these roles.  

Most of us won’t and don’t understand how much code goes into writing each webpage on a website. Therefore, a web developer has to ensure that every bit of code is correct and that every element on the page is placed correctly and works as it should. That being said, let’s delve a little deeper into each developer role and learn what exactly each one does. 

Front-end Web Developer

We’ve all seen websites. We’ve liked some, others not so much. Some looked fantastic but we might have had mediocre experiences with them. And we might have even questioned who was responsible for the feel and look of any of them. Front-end web developers, that’s who. They are the ones who take care of the website’s layout which includes how colors, typography, icons, and images are placed and appear. They have to be proficient in programming languages such as HTML, JavaScript, and CSS and also account for how a website looks on all supported devices from desktops to tablets to smartphones. They need to ensure that they are up-to-date with cutting-edge trends in web design and development. By doing all this, they can keep websites optimized for users as well as search engines (for SEO), keeping security best practices in mind, at the same time. 

Back-end Web Developer

Back-end web developers take care of building and maintaining the code that runs a website. It’s this code that connects the website to the server and ensures that there is constant and efficient data flow to the website and that no transactions are lost. Typical programming languages that back-end developers use include Java (different from JavaScript), PHP, and MySQL; newer ones include Python and Golang.  

Full-stack Web Developer

Full-stack web developers take care of every aspect of a website. This means that their responsibilities cover both front-end and back-end development.  Depending on how complex a website build is, full-stack developers may need to see every facet of development, from the server side to the user interface. However, it’s also not uncommon for full-stack developers to specialize in one aspect of web development. Although given that they have so much experience, they may also be called upon to troubleshoot or speed up a build or redesign. They may also be tasked with identifying cutting-edge technologies, such as new programming languages (or even no- or low-code trends) and blockchain, that can be used to improve and reinforce websites’ business capabilities. 

How Can People In These Roles Help You and Your Business?

After going through the responsibilities of each of these developer roles, one thing is clear. They all focus on different areas of web development. However, the one aspect that they all have in common is coding. By staying informed and up-to-date on the latest trends and technologies, all 3 can do a lot of good for your business.  

So, if you have websites to design, build or fix, we have a great team of front-end, back-end, and full-stack developers that are ready to do the job for you. Our portfolio speaks for itself and you can also have a look at the services we offer. Get in touch with us on 1800 121 5955 or email us at [email protected] for more information and a quote.   

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