The most common error most new comers to the world of website development make, is to confuse web design and web development. Both are interlinked but are completely different entities, and a company that offers web design does not always necessarily offer web development. The two aspects in creating a web site are listed below: a) Web Design Web design is related to the actual design of the web site, i.e. The colours, the images, the positioning of various elements like images etc. Web design is a more creative and an artistically influenced aspect of creating a web site.
A well designed site does not necessarily mean its a well developed site, in fact this is the reason why most web development and web design companies, build all sites from scratch, there by insuring that design and development go hand in hand. b) Web Development Web development is almost exclusively related to programming of web sites, all successful dynamic sites (sites that have forms etc) and e-commerce sites are programmed or are developed. Web development involves using various programming languages like Java, .Net, Perl, Ruby on Rails etc. There are numerous technologies to choose from when one is having a web site developed.
In fact a closer look at sites, and you will notice most sites actually have a footer that says 'designed and developed' by such a such company, thereby acknowledging both aspects of creating a website . Once you have decided on a company that you think can meet all your requirements, be prepared to offer continuous feedback and opinions on what you are looking for. Web design is pretty much like building a house, you have to keep trying new ideas, making changes. But the most essential step is however to have as solid foundation and good workmen. The same applies to web design and web development.
If you have the right people working for you, then nothing can come in between you and a successful, good looking and user friendly web site. Just remember, that Rome was not built in a day, if you are looking for something fast, quick and functional. Let your web designer's know. In today's fast moving day and age, most companies accommodate people who are looking to put up a site fast, and most companies today are adept at meeting dead lines. Just make sure the site is built from scratch and you are in touch with your web design team each step of the way.
Mark Preston is the author of this article and he is a qualified professional web developer and designerWeb programming. Find more information about Web programming here.