Types of Web Designers

Four types of web designers can be categorized from the plethora of design jobs that are available to the graduates of a design school. Many web designers choose to be multidiscipline – they can work across all types of jobs within their field. Being a multidiscipline type of web designer can open doors to higher paying jobs and provide some job security in the future.

Web Technicians

Although most web professionals are termed ‘web designers’, there are actually several echelon (levels) for professional designers. Web technician is a term that is often used to describe someone who helps businesses and individuals create an online presence by creating web space for them. However, web technicians are very limited in their abilities and very few (if any) are graduates of a web design college.

Web technicians are typically self-taught professionals who are capable of using templates and online or offline publishing programs to create web pages for clients. This type of web designer provides an affordable alternative for individuals who simply need to get their name online and don’t mind purchasing a template to do so. However, if a significant coding problem arises with the new site, a web technician may be unable to correct the problem.

Web Designers

Web design technically refers to the visual appeal of a website, or the ‘front-end design’. For this reason, this type of web designer specializes in graphic design and is well-versed in the esthetics of a site. They understand how visual illustrations, color scheme, or button placement will affect the end user experience. Web design involves creating unique user interface (UI) applications that are easy to use and web friendly, allowing the website’s visitors to easily find information or interact with a company or brand.

Web design is a very important part of the process in creating a web site. Without a professional web designer who is highly skilled in graphic design, a great website can appear to be poorly made and lose visitor loyalty. If, however, a professional web designer is on the job, the customer is more likely to feel engaged and either purchase products or return to the site at a later time.

Web Developers (Programmers)

Web developers are a type of web design professional that takes care of the ‘back-end’ of a website. Web developers understand the coding of websites and can implement complex interactions with site visitors, but may not necessarily understand the design elements like a web design professional with a graphic design background. Where web designers create the front-end appearance of the website, a web developer makes it all work as planned.

In addition to creating code for implementing front end designs, this type of web design professional can easily correct problems that may come up with the web sites server, host, or design elements. For example, if a user interface application (perhaps a ‘Contact Us’ form) is not working properly, web developers can assess and correct the reason for the error.

Multidiscipline Professionals

Multidiscipline professionals can perform the duties of all previously mentioned types of web designers. These are the experts that high-paying companies will hire to save their resources. Companies prefer to hire the type of designer that can handle any aspect of their website, rather than contract or hire one person for each job.

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