What is a web developer?
A web developer is responsible for the development of websites and web applications. They are essentially software developers who focus on web-based content development. The main difference between a web developer and a web designer is that a developer focuses on the functionality of a website. In contrast, a designer focuses on the aesthetic appeal of a website. Developers use programming languages to tell websites how they should function.
Web developer duties and tasks can include:
- Analysing project requirements and desired capabilities
- Drawing on computer software and hardware knowledge to create, modify and write programming code
- Performing tests to identify possible errors
- Liaising with stakeholders and users to test websites and receive feedback on potential improvements
- Deploying code and web-based content into a live environment
- Reviewing and implementing web security to mitigate risks.
These technical tasks are particularly well-suited to being outsourced as they are repetitive and rules-based, requiring a high level of attention to detail. Organisations free up their local web development teams time by sending these tasks to outsourced web developers.