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WooCommerce Vs BigCommerce


Home WooCommerce vs BigCommerce If your company is launching an online store or is switching to a different service provider, there are many options available. See Our Web Design Services

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Payment Gateway Integration


Home Payment Gateway Integration Looking to accept payments from customers on your ecommerce store? Hoping to design a new website that is able to securely charge customers for their purchases or paid downloads? Our payment integration services are what you […]

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A Website Management Agency You Can Trust


A Website Management Agency You Can Trust Your website is the heart of your digital presence, so you need to partner with a top website management company to help you build and maintain your website. At WebFX, we have over […]

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Website Security Analysis from WebFX


Home Website Security Analysis From WebFX Making sure your website is secure is an absolute must if you want to keep building your online presence, protecting your customers/clients, and ultimately growing your business. Our web security experts can perform a […]

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Top 5 Advantages of Magento

Home Top 5 Advantages of Magento One of the most important decisions when starting an ecommerce business is which content management system (CMS) you’ll use to manage products and transactions. There are many options available, and while that means that […]

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The Difference Between a Mobile Site and a Responsive Site


Home The Difference between a Mobile Site and a Responsive Site Mobile and responsive designs have been the talk of web designers and marketers for years. In April of 2015, Google made mobile-friendliness an official ranking factor in its search […]

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Shopify Vs. WooCommerce


Home Shopify vs. WooCommerce If your company wants to start selling products your site, you have a lot of decisions to make. The first, and arguably most important, is the ecommerce platform you use. If you’re trying to decide between […]

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Questions to Ask a Web Developer Before Hiring


Home Questions to Ask a Web Developer When Building a New Website If you’re in the market for a new website, the first thing you’ll need to do is choose who will design and build it for you. And unless […]

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Why is My Website Slow? (8 Causes and Fixes)


Home Why Is My Website Slow? (8 Causes And Fixes) “Why is my website slow?” If you’ve asked that question, you’re not alone. Having your website running slow is frustrating for both you and your site visitors. In fact, slow-loading […]

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Why Does My Website Say 404: Page Not Found?

Home Why Does My Website Say 404: Page Not Found? Creating a website is no easy task — especially if you’re doing it for the first time. View our Digital Services

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How web development works: 3 essential elements

To understand how web development works, there are three main aspects that you need to be familiar with:

  1. Architectural design: This is the base and most significant part of your website. It’s the frame of your website, and everything else done afterward will be done as an add-on to this frame. Architectural design is usually done by a back-end developer.
  2. Aesthetic design: This is the visual side of your website. Aesthetic design makes the user experience enjoyable and enables users to easily read and navigate your website to find what they are looking for. It is typically done by a front-end developer.
  3. Information design and interface design: This involves taking information and preparing it in the best possible way for your users to digest and understand.

3 types of web development

There are three main types of web development.

  1. Back-end web development: This type of web development is one of the most important roles as this is the brain and engine of your website. This is usually written in Java, PHP, Ruby, C#, MySQL, or MongoDB. This development is responsible for making sure that data can flow between the server, the website, and the front end of a website.
  2. Front-end web development: This type of web development is often referred to as web design. This is the front end of your website and is usually written in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, React, or AngularJS. This development process is responsible for the look, feel, and interactive components of a website. This is the development process that takes place in order for the end user to have a good experience on the website.
  3. Full-stack web development: A full-stack developer is a developer who can program and work on both the back-end and front-end of a website. They understand the role of both the front-end and back-end and can handle both types of development work.

What is the web development process?

Building a website and the steps taken depends on the company you work with, but the basics will remain essentially the same.

  1. Planning: In this process, you will establish what the goal of your website is, who your audience will be, what type of website you wish to have, how much content you will publish on a weekly/monthly/annual basis, how your website will showcase your product or service, and what your budget for this development project is.
  2. Create a wireframe: In this step, you will establish which individual pages you want, how to organize those pages into categories, how the pages will link together, and what the user experience will be like. You’ll also need to keep in mind that you want to make it as easy as possible for users to find what they are looking for and get in contact with you!
  3. Write your website code and develop the back-end of your website: This process will be done by a back-end developer who will build the mainframe or brain, if you will, of your website using one of many coding languages. Usually, you will have at least three coding languages used on your site, which all work together to create the desired functionality. This includes how your website will function, your pages, your content, your database, the general infrastructure, and the general user experience.
  4. Build the front-end of your website: This will usually be done by a front-end developer, who will now take the infrastructure of your website and turn it into something visually appealing that visitors will enjoy browsing through. This includes images, fonts, colors, and general styling.
  5. Use a content management system (CMS): This step is optional, but it’s often helpful. You can skip much of steps three and four by using a CMS such as WordPress or Wix. These systems cover both front and back-end development in a simple and easy-to-understand way.
  6. Purchase a domain name: This is your web address and how users will find the website you just created. You will need to acquire a domain name by using sites such as GoDaddy or Hover, which allow you to purchase a domain name and set up an address for visitors to use to access your website.
  7. Launch your website: This process is when your website will go live for everyone on the Internet to view. Once you have done some technical checks, you are ready to unveil your website to the world.

Working with a web development agency

Many businesses choose to work with a web development company to ensure they’re putting their best foot forward with their website.

What does a web development agency do? These companies can build websites for businesses from the ground up, improve existing websites, and maintain websites over time. They can also develop mobile applications, build digital tools, and more.

Some businesses hire agencies that focus purely on web development. You can also work with a full-service digital marketing agency that offers web development along with various other digital marketing services.

These full-service companies can ensure your web development projects and other digital marketing campaigns are aligned and work well together to maximize the results of both.

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