Searching for someone to make you your business website? If this is your first time but you’ve done a little research, you’ve likely read about the three different labels used for website creators – web designer, web developer and web implementer. Which one do you need?
First of all, a web designer is professional or company that creates your website’s look and feel. They will work with you on color choices, building your brand/logo if needed, layouts, etc. Contrary to what many people think, web design is beyond aesthetics. A designer must have good knowledge of marketing concepts, such as content organization and call to action, as a way to attain your goals for the site.
A web developer, on the other hand, is someone who utilizes a designer’s mockups (pictures of the intended appearance of the website) to build a serviceable website. If the plan is to use WordPress, the developer may create a custom theme based on the mockups, or customize an existing theme or template based on the same. As well, developers may add functionality or features to an existing website, or help with other technical tasks, like troubleshooting.
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Somewhere in between a designer and a developer is an implementer. However, remember that there are some things an implementer will be unable to provide.
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Let’s say you want to open a hair spa. These are what you need your website to do:
> Tell people about your services
Allow clients to schedule appointments
> Encourage people to leave their email address so you can tell them about new services, discounts, etc.
> Provide your contact details so people can communicate with you
You’ll likely need a design/development team or implementer for this rather average list of needs. There are several WordPress plugins that let you do the mentioned tasks, so you don’t really need a highly customized website.
Here’s a second example: you have your hair spa, but you would like to start selling hairstyling products and take registration for hairstyling classes. You will thus need the following additions:
> Ecommerce features, SSL and a payment gateway
> Inventory management that synchronizes your online and physical shops
> More complicated booking process for both (1) hair spa treatments and (2) hairstyling classes with a limited number of participants per class
> Different levels of access for workers or team members
There could be existing tools you can use to satisfy these demands, but at the same time, you may also need something that is specifically made for your site. In such a scenario, you’ll need a developer.
Once you know the similarities and differences among a web designer, developer and implementer, it will be easier to find the right professional to create your website.