What is a Web Developer?
Your business needs to stand out if you want consumers to take notice and check out the products and/or services that you offer. But how do you stand out? Spending on advertisements will help get the word out about your business but that can be very costly and unless you have a big budget, you will have a limited market reach.
The best way to reach potential customers at a global scale is to create a website for your business/company. But building a website that will attract visitors who will ultimately make a purchase requires an expert. You need to have a Web, Developer.
What is a Web Developer?
A web developer is an expert in building and designing websites from the ground up. He/she creates programs and applications for the internet.
Although there are several software platforms and packages you can use to build your own site, Web Developers have extensive experience with HTML, Java, etc. These languages can make your website look more professional and give a better impression with site visitors. A Web Developer can create custom code to accommodate your unique requirements for your site. He/she can develop your site layout, features and functions of your web pages.
What do Web Developers do?
Web Developers are in charge of behind-the-scenes code and programming of websites and web-based services. They can build websites from the bottom up, using skills in one or more of the following areas:
1. Server-side scripting – code that executes in a web browser and powers the website behind-the-scenes.
2. Client-side scripting – code that executes in a web browser and determines what clients and customers will see when they get into the website.
3. Database technology – helps keep websites run smoothly.
Web Developers can be hired for a variety of projects ranging from basic active web pages to complex multi-layered web applications that can power an e-commerce site.
What skills should Web Developers possess?
Ideally, a Web Developer should be highly-skilled in the three areas mentioned above.
a. Server-side scripting is a technique that Web Developers use to build the backend of a website.
Web Developers need to do this because a web browser’s storage is limited by the site visitor’s computer, so websites need to host files and images that make it work, in a database on a web server.
A Web Developer will embed scripts in the website so that when a site visitor takes a specific action, the server can display set images or information.
Some examples of server-side languages:
b. Client-side scripting refers to the creation of web applications that execute within the browser of a user’s computer (e.g. storing user data in cookies; simple flash games; other interactive web applications).
Some examples of client-side languages:
• Microsoft Silverlight
c. Database technology
Every website needs a database where you can store its code, images, files and other data. Having this database will help the website function properly.
You need to find out which database technologies a web developer is familiar with before you deciding on whom to hire. Following are the most popular relational database management systems (RDBMS) for web-based applications:
• Microsoft SQL Server
• IBM DB2
The ideal Web Developer is aware of many facets of web design – from the smallest detail to end-user functionality.
If you are building a new website or want to make changes to an existing site, check out Jobider’s list of Web Developers and see who would be the best fit for your project.