What is Web Development?
Web Development is the mechanics of a website. It deals with all the internal code that makes a website work. It is the functionality behind the design.
Consider this analogy when building a car. The designer provides the car’s design while an engineer builds the vehicle by choosing its engine, Chassis, electrical and more for this car to become functional while maintaining the design aspect. The same goes for designing a website and developing it.
Do I need Web Development or Web Design?
Web Development is performed by a developer/ programmer who will work on making your website functional. In short, your website will not work without a developer.
A well-designed website will be crucial in earning the Trust and Credibility of your customers. You may be the best at what you do; however, a poorly designed website will not reflect the high quality of your business. Web design should have an appealing look and feel to capture your audience’s attention. A designer performs this.
Hence, these two skill sets are performed by different people.
With the availability of professional templates, web developers can produce websites suitable for many businesses without needing to hire or engage a professional web designer, saving you unnecessary extra costs.
Are Templates Bad for websites?
While templates may not give you a unique site, you will have many options to choose from with some great templates around. Templates are flexible, with the ability to customise to suit most businesses needs. They are a great guide to help visualise the result.
Why use templates in website development?
Templates are great for Start up Businesses that are on a limited budget and want to spare themselves the higher costs of hiring a web Designer. Especially with such a wide variety available, excellent results can be achieved using templates
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What about functionality in web development?
That’s what it’s all about. Any functionality you add to the site will need our website developer to code. Examples would be smart forms that calculate auto quotes based on your criteria.
On occasion, you can achieve these functionalities through a cost-effective plugin, or you can opt to have it developed/customised as per your requirement.
So what are plugins and why do I need them?
Some functionality is available through already available plugins. These are either FREE, Subscription based (i.e. Monthly/yearly) or One Time.
Despite some plugins having an associated cost, they can save you money. Generally speaking, plugins are cheaper than developer time (i.e. if you pay a developer for hours, it takes them to do the same function). In addition, plugins come with support, while development would need ongoing support.
So many decisions for a website! What do I do?
Ultimately there is no hard fast rule here. Everyone has different requirements. This is where we come in. First, we review your needs, wants and nice to have. Then, we tailor fit to your business’s finest needs and customize a consistent and cost-effective solution for your business.
Talk to our team for a no-obligation free quote now.