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Published: October 28, 2021

Web Development Resources From WebFX

Your resource for learning the basics of web development from the professionals at WebFX

Magento Development Services

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Magento Development Services From WebFX Looking for Magento development services to take your ecommerce store to the next level? WebFX can help with our staff of expert Magento web developers – pricing for our custom development starts at $10,000 and […]

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Page Speed Insights

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PageSpeed Insights: How to Improve Your Google Page Speed Score When users access your website, you want to ensure that they have a positive experience. View Our Digital Services

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What is Ecommerce Web Development?

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What Is Ecommerce Web Development? Your Step-by-Step Process By 2024, more than 2.14 billion people are expected to make purchases online. With numbers like this, developing an ecommerce website can help you turn the advantages of online shopping into […]

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WordPress Website Developers

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WordPress Website Developers Your Business Can Trust Starting a website for your business? Looking to optimize your existing WordPress site? WordPress is one of the best content management systems (CMS) available for building a website. And when you partner with […]

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WooCommerce vs BigCommerce

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

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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 need […]

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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.

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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.

Learn more about working with a web development agency and how to find one to work with using the resources below.

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