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How to Become a Web Developer

What Is Web Development

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Web development, also known as website development, refers to the tasks associated with creating, building, and maintaining websites and web applications that run online on a browser. It may, however, also include web design, web programming, and database management.

What Exactly Is Web Development?

Web development is closely related to the job of designing the features and functionality of websites and apps (often called “web design”), but the “web development” term is usually reserved for the actual construction and programming of websites and apps.

Think of all the websites you have used over the years – Web Developers built those sites, making sure they functioned properly and performed in ways that allowed for a great user experience. Web Developers do this by writing lines of code, using a variety of programming languages, which vary depending on the tasks they are performing and the platforms they are working on.

What Are the Most Common Programming Languages?

The following programming languages are the basic tools involved in web development:

  • HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)
  • CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)
  • JavaScript

What Are the Types of Web Development?

There are three main types of Web Development: front-end development, back-end development, and full-stack development.

Front-end development involves the “client-side” of web development, which refers to any portion of the site or app that users will interact with, including its layout, design, and interactivity. While there may be some overlap between the work of a Front-End Developer and a Web Designer, the roles are different, with the latter working to create website concepts, including color schemes, content development, and pages.

Back-end development, or “server-side development,” is instead focused on the functionality of a site, including database interactions, user authentication, server, network and hosting configuration, and business logic.

A Full-Stack Developer is a Web Developer who is familiar with both front- and back-end development and can work with both ends of a website or application, including databases, user-facing sites, and more.

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