Occasionally, we talk about web design and development with new clients who don’t fully understand the difference. So, this seems like a good time to address the question: is there a distinction between web design and web development?
Technically, the two overlap. Both are involved in the process of building a new website, and you’ll sometimes hear creative teams use them interchangeably.
However, within the industry web design typically refers to what you see on a webpage – the layouts, images, fonts, and so on. It’s the visual identity of your website, and includes everything from the size of the pages to the white space between the elements.
Web development, on the other hand, has to do with programming. It’s all about what your website can actually do. It’s the apps, databases, and features that run behind the scenes to make your web presence more functional for you and your clients.
You could think of a website like a car, with the design element being the body and the development aspect referring to the engine and all the other unseen parts. When it really comes down to it, though, what you really need to know is that both are critical for getting a website that will deliver you high ROI for months and years to come.