Website Design & Development
Web development is a broad term for the work involved in developing a web site for the Internet (World Wide Web) or an intranet (a private network). This can include web design, web content development, client liaison, client-side or server-side scripting, web server and network security configuration, and e-commerce development.
Most of the time the term “web developer” and “web designer” are used synonymously, but it does not mean the same thing. Technically, a web designer only designs website interfaces using HTML and CSS whereas a web developer may be involved in designing a website, but may also write web scripts in languages such as PHP and ASP. Developer also helps to maintain and update a database used in the dynamic website.
In recent years, content management systems like WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla have also become popular means of web development. These tools make it easy for anyone to create and edit their own website using a web-based interface.
Design is the process of collecting ideas, and aesthetically arranging and implementing them, guided by certain principles for a specific purpose. Web design is a similar process of creation, with the intention of presenting the content on electronic web pages, which the end-users can access through the internet with the help of a web browser.
Web Design Elements
Web design uses many of the same key visual elements as all types of design such as:
Layout: This is the way the graphics, ads and text are arranged. In the web world, a key goal is to help the view find the information they seek at a glance.
Colour: The choice of colours depends on the purpose and clientele; it could be simple black and white to multi-coloured design, conveying the personality of a person or the brand of an organization, using web-safe colours.
Graphics: Graphics can include logos, photos, clipart or icons, all of which enhance the web design.
Fonts: The use of various fonts can enhance a website design.
Content: Content and design can work together to enhance the message of the site through visuals and text.
Creating User Friendly Web Design
Besides the basic elements of web design that makes a site beautiful and visually compelling, a website must also consider the end user.
Navigation: Site architecture, menus and other navigation tools in the web design must be created with consideration of how users browse and search.
Multimedia: Relevant video and audio stimuli in the design can help users to grasp the information, developing understanding in an easy and quick manner.
Compatibility: Design the webpage, to perform equally well on different browsers and operating systems, to increase its viewing.
Technology: Advancements in technology give designers the freedom to add movement and innovation, allowing for web design that is always fresh, dynamic and professional.
Interactive: Increase active user participation and involvement, by adding comment boxes and opinion polls in the design.