What's the difference between web developers and web designer?

Web developers/designers very greatly from company to freelancer.

"Web designer" and "web developer" describe two very different but related professional skill sets. Although you will often get both skill sets from one agency or individual, understanding the difference can help you make the right choice for your business.

A good web designer is capable of creating visually pleasing website designs and also has sufficient coding skills (i.e., HTML, XML, CSS, PHP) to implement that visually-pleasing design using any number of web tools or platforms.

A web developer is expert in one or more coding languages (i.e., PHP, Ruby on Rails, XML, ActionScript, Python), and is capable of developing applications, custom platforms, widgets, and so forth from scratch.

Put another way, web designers create the visual aspects of a site and use a standard tool set to implement that design. By contrast, a web developer creates applications or "tools" that can be used to develop or improve a website.
 

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