In the 21st century, having a website is just part of running a business. Your website is where users discover, learn about, engage with, and buy from you. And it all begins with the creation of your site — in other words, with web development.
Web development is the work involved in developing a website for the Internet (World Wide Web) or an intranet (a private network). Web development requires the use of scripting languages both at the server end as well as at the client end. The server end is sometimes referred to as the backend (what you don’t see). The client end is the front-end (what you see).
Why web development is important
A website is at the heart of any digital campaign, be it a promotion of a new product or service, or sharing information. Websites typically make a good first impression and give people the confidence and comfort to know you are a real business or person.
The Web Development Process
When one is ready to develop your website, you’ll want to follow a particular series of steps to ensure optimal results.
- Develop a plan: Know what you want to build
- Create a sitemap: Sketch the layout of your website
- Build your backend: The functionality of your website
- Build your front end: What people will see
- Deployment: Share a link to your live application
- Maintenance: Keep a close eye on your website
To be a successful web developer, one should possess the following skills:
- Understanding of client and server-side scripting.
- Creating, editing, and modifying templates for a CMS or web development framework.
- Testing cross-browser inconsistencies.
- Conducting observational user testing.
- Testing for compliance to specified standards such as accessibility standards in the client region.