The Difference between Web Design and Web Development

difference between Web Design and Web Development

There have been questions asking about the difference between Web Design and Web Development.

In this post, we are going to to talk about the difference between web design and web development.

This question has always been asked by a majority of people and this post is going to answer it.

A lot of people do think that web design and web development are the same.

But the true answer is NO.

However, website design and website development products and the result are the same things. I will explain.

What a web designer and a web developer do is to produce a website of a particular design and look, type of a website for its clients.

So, the logic there is, a web designer and a web developer builds a website.

let us differentiate website design and website development.

difference between Web Design and Web Development

Website Design.

A web designer is those that build a website virtually, they make a website using some web designing Softwares.

They are like graphic and virtual designers. The uses website building software such as,

  1. Adobe Photoshop.
  2. Mobirise.
  3. Wix.
  4. Weebly. etc.

Web designers mostly use what is called Drag and Drop Website Builder.

In the world of website building, website design is said and believe to be easier than that of website development.

The word ‘Drag and Drop‘ meaning applied to its name.



It is a means where a website designer uses a website building software to drag and drop any type of design, the template he/she wants.

There are many tasks a web designer do with drag and drop.

Drag and Drop website builder is used to add the below-listed items while designing a website.

  1. Menus.
  2. Header.
  3. Sections.
  4. Sliders.
  5. Maps
  6. Forms.
  7. Footer.

However, some website designers don’t design a website with drag and drop and don’t brings the website to live.

What they do is to use graphic designing tools like “Adobe Photoshop” and design a website in a graphical template.

This website graphic template will be passed to a web developer to bring develop a website that looks exactly like the one on that graphic design.

The website designed in a graphical template by a website designer is just like a building architectural plan drawn by an architecture.

Then it will be passed to a civil engineer to construct the house to the look of the architectural plan, this civil engineer is more like a website developer who will use the graphical template from a website designer and develop the website to look the of the graphical template.

Some roles of a Web designer.

  • A Web Designer needs to have a good skill in graphic design and logo design.
  • A Web Designer must be able to use designing tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Mobirise and Wix to design a good looking professional responsive website for its clients.
  • Web Designers reads and follows up to date designing pattern in order to follow every new trend of designing.

Website Development.

A website developer is those that build a website using some languages, “Programming Language or Web Development Language”.

Web developers don’t use web designing tools, rather they will use programming languages and build a website from scratch.

Web developers have a lot of job and role to do in terms of website building.

Programming Languages.

  1. Python.
  2. Java.
  3. JavaScript.
  4. HTML (HyperText Markup Language).
  5. PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor).
  6. SQL (Structured Query Language).
  7. Ruby/Ruby on Rails
  8. C Language.
  9. Objective-C.
  10. Swift.
  11. C++.
  12. C#.

However, web developers mostly use HTML, JavaScript, and PHP to develop a website.

They also use CSS (Cascading Style Sheet), note that CSS is not a programming language but a markup language.

Thanks for reading this post. The difference between website design and website development

If there is any opinion, question, and contribution, kindly Comment below, or go to our Contact us Page


  1. I have long looked for The Difference between Web Design and Web Development article, it is the
    BEST content, full of ideas and very useful!!

    Thank you for this information, good luck!

1 Trackback / Pingback

  1. The Best Tools to Develop a Website - [Essential tools needed ] - Informate

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.