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What’s the difference between a web designer and developer? …and what's a devsigner?

Despite the 644 million live websites that currently exist, there’s still a lot of mystery behind exactly who’s building them, and how. Designers? Developers? Wait, those are two different things? How do you know who the best person is for your specific website needs?

 

“A devsigner is the best of both worlds, and working with a cross-over professional is the best way to get a unique website for a smaller price tag than opting for the traditional site-from-scratch route.”

 

What is a web designer?

In simplest terms, a web designer deals with the visual structure of the website, as well as the user experience, or how all the pieces work together to make a website easy to navigate. Traditionally, web designers build website layouts, or wireframes, on design programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, or most recently Adobe Xd, not in actual website-building platforms.

What is a web developer?

A developer deals with the nitty gritty back end of websites, working in languages such as HTML, CSS, and Javascript. They possess a deep knowledge of code and spend time on things like fixing bugs and maintaining the underlying web structure. Their job is to take a designer wireframe and arrange the pieces of the puzzle to build the actual guts of the website.

Okay, so then what the heck is a devsigner?

A devsigner can be a developer with some design skills, or a designer with basic coding skills. Nowadays, it’s pretty common, and frankly necessary, to possess skills on both sides. I’m on the designer side of the devsigner spectrum - I live in colors and font pairings, but I’m capable of building totally custom websites with through editing code. A devsigner is the best of both worlds, and working with a cross-over professional is the best way to get a unique website for a smaller price tag than opting for the traditional site-from-scratch route.

I need someone to build my website. Who do I hire?

1. Designer alone

  • If you have a small budget and only need a basic, attractive website on a CMS* without any customization, hiring a designer with basic CMS skills is perfect for you.

2. Traditional Designer/Developer team

  • If you have an established business and budget for a completely custom website built from scratch, are ready and able to afford ongoing maintenance retainers, and are fine contacting your developer whenever you need website changes.

Even if you go this route, it can be insanely expensive in the long run to hire a sub-par developer that causes backend trouble down the road. So unless you are already a large, profitable company with a budget to hire a skilled and reliable developer with a lot of experience, it’s going to cost less money and headache in the long run to hire a devsigner to work on your custom website within the confines of a maintained CMS like SquareSpace.

3. Devsigner - aka the Unicorn

  • If you run a small business or are launching a start-up with decent earning potential, you want code customization, but also want to have access to your website post-launch and be able to make your own changes with relative ease, a Devsigner is your perfect fit.


So considering the differences between designer, developer, and devsigner, which one is the best fit for you? Comment below, and if you need more information on website design, please shoot me a message!



*CMS - Content Management System - any online-based website builder like SquareSpace or WordPress.com

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