I’ve come across my share of clients who seem to confuse the terms “Web Designer” and “Web Developer” due to the lack of knowledge of their respective roles. My goal with this post is to help you understand the different in roles and find out which one is the right go to for your needs. Before you read any further, take a little time to understand what does Lakeasha Jackson and her team do. I create brands and websites for my clients. However, it is not that simple! Websites need elements to function correctly, they need to showcase personality, they need to sell or convert traffic into sales. It definitely takes someone and/or a team skilled with the right amount of creative juice to come together and implement.

What does a Web Designer do?

A website designer is responsible for the overall look of a website. They work with fonts, colors, balance, graphics, and much more to create a great website. They work in programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, etc. Some designers know HTML and CSS to get some customizing done to the websites they are designing based on the requests. Designers primary job is to keep the usability in mind at all times throughout the project. Most designers work from a theme and then proceed to customize the themes to the needs of the clients. Some designers can custom code a website but this is where the role of Designer and Developer intertwine with one another.

What does a Web Developer do?

Developers are more involved with coding and programming of a website backend and functionality. Developers are skilled in server programming languages which are far more advanced than HTML and CSS. They work with languages such as Ruby, PHP, MYSQL, .NET and much more. Not every developer is skilled in all programming languages, some are experts in one language over another.

What is the pay difference?

In all honesty, the pay depends on the multiple factors.

  • Are you working with an individual or an agency?
  • Is your website straightforward or requires custom coding?
  • Are you flexible with your timeline or is your date set in stone?

These are all factors that play a part in the price for your project. I can only speak for my self when I state pricing. However, I can suggest making a list of things you want for your website to function the way you envision and figure out from there whether or not you need a designer or a developer. From there, you can then scout some designers and/or developers to get a price range for your specific project.

If you are interested in speaking further, I’d love to discuss your vision and needs to see if I can be of assistance. Shoot me an email at Lakeasha@lakeashajackson.com

Please note: These are not text-book definitions. The content provided is just my personal thoughts on the two. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.