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Web Design and Web Development - What Sets Them Apart?

Web Design vs. Web Development

Delve into the world of digital creation as we unravel the distinctions between web design and web development in our latest article. While both are crucial components in building a successful online presence, understanding their unique roles is key to navigating the dynamic landscape of website creation.

web design vs web development

Join us as we demystify the differences between web design and web development, shedding light on their respective contributions to crafting engaging, functional, and visually appealing websites.

Web Design

Web design primarily involves the visual and user interface aspects of a website. It's all about creating an aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly front-end experience for visitors.

UI/UX Design: Web designers working with DNN will focus on designing the layout, color schemes, typography, and overall look and feel of the website. They ensure that the site is visually appealing and easy to navigate for users.

Template Creation: Web Designers may create templates or themes for DNN, defining the structure of pages, headers, footers, and the overall design style that will be applied throughout the site.

Content Presentation: They work on how content is presented to users, ensuring that it's organized and visually engaging. This includes the placement of images, videos, text, and other media elements.

Responsive Design: Web designers also ensure that the website is responsive, meaning it adapts seamlessly to different screen sizes and devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and desktops.

Web Development

Web development, on the other hand, involves the technical aspects of building and maintaining a website. It encompasses both front-end development (client-side) and back-end development (server-side). In the context of DNN:

Front-End Development: Front-end developers work on translating the design into a functioning website. They use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to create the user interface and ensure that it functions correctly in various web browsers.

Back-End Development: DNN is built on the Microsoft .NET framework, so back-end developers focus on coding the server-side logic of the website using C# and other .NET technologies. This includes managing user accounts, databases, content management, and implementing custom functionalities through modules and extensions.

Integration: Developers integrate various third-party modules and extensions into DNN Software to add extra features and functionality to the website, such as e-commerce, social media integration, or custom forms.

Security and Performance: Ensuring the security and optimal performance of a DNN website is a crucial aspect of web development. Developers implement security measures and optimize the site's speed and responsiveness.

Content Management: Web Developers work on configuring and customizing DNN's content management features, including defining content types, workflows, and permissions to facilitate efficient content creation and management.

Application Design: ITM are what is known as full stack web developers. Full-stack development encompasses the complete journey of crafting a web application, spanning the initial design and development phases to rigorous testing and final deployment of all essential elements.

The Full-Stack Web Development Approach

This comprehensive approach covers every facet, ranging from the back-end server infrastructure to the front-end user interface, and can be executed utilizing a diverse array of programming languages and development frameworks. It encompasses a wide array of skills including: Database Design, Coding (C# programming), DLLs, Scripts, CSS and HTML. 

In our modern era, full-stack development is increasingly prevalent, empowering developers to construct applications with a holistic perspective, thereby granting them enhanced adaptability and efficiency throughout the entire development process.

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Many website 'developers', especially in Wordpress and Joomla, merely install the many plugins that are commercially available, without being actually being able to create or program applications of their own. ITM on the other hand creates custom web applications & modules that are closely molded to the business requirements and processes.

In summary, while web design focuses on the visual and user experience aspects of a DNN website, web development encompasses the technical implementation, customization, and optimization of the site using the DNN CMS platform. 

Get a Quote to find out more about how ITM integrates both design and development to create successful and functional websites on the DNN platform. 

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