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What is the difference between Web-designing & Web-development?

By Webakruti Software | Dec 30, 2016
What is the difference between Web-designing & Web-development?
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Most of the students who enter in the field of IT profession they designated by the company with their roles and responsibility. While mentoring to students in workshops, seminar, camps, they always have a basic confusion regarding Web-designing & Web-development. Keeping those all aspects and question in my mind, I am writing my first blog to explore this terminology.

Human brain divides into two equal parts, right brain and left brain with each half performing a fairly distinct set of operations. More specifically right brain functional for graphical sets of operations and left brain performs logical sets of operations. The question is why I am writing about biological science? Is there any similarity?

The answer is YES!!!

Building a website is structural process where each phase of development consist several milestones.

Steps to build the website

Phase-1: Information Gathering
Phase-2: Planning
Phase-3: Design
Phase-4: Development
Phase-5: Testing and Delivery
Phase-6: Maintenance

There are numerous steps in the website design and development process, several minds work upon the each phase of website making. After completing the phase-1 and phase-2 here web-designer come in picture in a real manner to transform Photoshop designed web-pages into real HTML web pages.


Web-designer who deals with the front end development to convey more information in a graphical way. From designing the user interface to create live, dynamic contents, animation, transitions, flexibility, and robustness in website building process.


Web-designer used many different practices to make web pages pixel perfect.
Following are the basic skillset required for any web-designer (front-end developer).

Website Designing Languages

  • HTML / HTML 5 (Hypertext Markup Language)
  • CSS / CSS3 (Cascading Style Sheet)
Client Scripting Languages
  • JavaScript / Jquery
Image Editing Tool
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator

Along with above basic skill-set web-designer can explore other new practices, new technologies to build their own profile and strengthen the front end development to grab more opportunities in future. To achieve better position in any IT company or firm you must have to upgrade your technical strength by gaining current market trend
technologies, here I have listed some important technologies below.

Advance Programming Languages

  • Less and Sass
  • Angular JS
CMS (Content Management System – Frontend Integration) like

  • WordPress
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
Responsive Designing Framework

  • Bootstrap
  • Foundation
  • Skeleton
E-commerce Framework

  • Magneto
  • Open Cart
  • Woo Commerce (WordPress)


Salary Structure

The answer to this question in not generalizes, as the salary structure of any web-designer is decided by the organization and it varies according to firm to firm. According to my observation and some little bit survey over past few years, I found web-designer got less package CTC as compare to developers or any other programming experts. In Indian IT market, basic salary of web-designer starts from 15k to 20k up to 35k to 50k. It varies according to seniority at firm and so many HR related aspects for salary hike.

Career Scope

Web-designing is very good career option in IT profession, current trends and demands of the market are more concentered on UI and UX. There is no bar and limitation of engineering degree only, the person who graduated in any specialization can easily enter into this field, moreover he or she can love graphics-oriented work. As I mentioned the person who has good graphical memory or active right brain can easily enjoy this profession and able to explore new ventures in his career.


As we see phase-3 is web designer oriented phase, there they prepare UI layers and many interactive elements on the website. Here in phase-4 web-development work starts. Web-developer who deals with the back end development programming, mainly logical-operation, integration, front-end interaction, database management, content processing etc. in website building process.


Web-development consist several platforms to perform or to generate output. Web-development execution depends on the company preferred programming language that actually useful for backend programming. Mainly company deals with .Net, Java, PHP programming language to develop backend functionalities. Following are the basic skillset required for any web-developer (Backend developer).

Programming Languages – Server Scripting Languages (Anyone)

  • PHP
  • JAVA
  • .NET (C#, VB)
Database (Anyone)

  • Microsoft Access
  • Oracle
Client Scripting Languages

  • JavaScript / Jquery
  • AJAX
Basic Frontend Technology

Programming Concepts

  • Object Oriented Programming & Procedure (OOPs)
  • Procedure Oriented Programming

Basic fundamentals are crucial in terms of gaining more advance knowledge. To become a good programmer you must have strong complex thinking and good logical ability. More practice and handwork also train your brain to do critical operations in programming. As far as advancement in technical skill there are number of the programming language that you can learn and grab the future opportunities. Here I mentioned demanded advance technologies according to current IT trends.

Advance Programming Languages

  • Advance PHP & it’s MVC Framework
  • Advance Java & it’s MVC Framework
  • Advance .Net & it’s Framework
  • Angular JS
  • Node JS
Advance Database Concepts

  • Advance DBMS
  • MangoDB
  • Store Procedure
CMS (Content Management System – Backend Programming) like

  • WordPress
  • Joomla
  • Drupal
Responsive Designing Framework

  • Bootstrap
E-commerce Framework – Backend Integration/Programming

  • Magento
  • Open Cart
  • Woo Commerce (WordPress)


Salary Structure

As development is the heart of every business application, product or any web platform. Developer plays a major role in the development process, in real manner developer is sole of any business application as they make application live. Developers got good pay scale and have a scope of salary hike in terms of the ability of expertise in a programming language. According to Indian IT market, basic salary starts from 15k to 25k up to 35k to 70k. It varies according to company policies and individual expertise.

Career Scope

Web-development is most popular career option among other career option in IT. Internet users increase day by day with increasing popularity of web applications. E-commerce sector booming every year, payment transactions, e-wallets, etc. are the new market ventures who grab the almost 50% of the public crowd. Hence most of the companies required a good web developer to develop better products and applications. For coming 10 to 15 years web-development keep its space constants in the progressive curve.

Ultimately if your left brain works more efficiently and you have good logical ability then this domain is a great career option for you.


Moral of the story

Every individual have inborn qualities which hidden inside the mind. Web-designing and web-development are those technologies, where you can at least choose any one of them depends on your brain strength. Either you can go for designing career or development, your brain capabilities define and clear your path on every new milestone in IT profession.

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