Website Design vs.
Website Development

September 24, 2019 Marianna OLE

Do you have any issues with website design or website development? Are you looking for someone to design your company website, but don’t know how to evaluate web specialists?

Then this article will help you to understand the difference between website design and website development, and make a right desition.

Let’s have a closer look at both topics.

Website design

Website design refers to website usability and its artistic side. Website designers use various software to create the layout and other visual elements of the site.

Website development

Website development is a mainly practical issue of the website. Web developers use programming languages to bring to life the design concept.

Now let’s learn more about Website Design and Development one by one.

Enjoying Web Design

What is excellent website design?

I am going to outline the eight essential principles of good website design. These design principles will help you to understand the web designer’s approach to enhance the usability of a website.

Here is the list of web design principles which will make your website aesthetic, user-friendly, effective, and engaging:


They say that web page design should be simple. Putting too many elements on the page may lead to distracting visitors from the main purpose of your website. Professional web designers keep the design as simple as possible so that the visitors can feel it easy-to-use and can find information easily.

2. Consistency

All design elements, such as fonts, headings, sub-headings, and button styles, should be the same throughout the website.

3. Typography & Readability

Designers keep web typography visually appealing and readable for visitors. They use fonts that are easier to read and make proper combinations of typefaces for every design element such as headlines, body texts, buttons, etc.

4. Responsiveness

Your website design should support all screen sizes. A good desktop design turns into a responsive one for all devices.

5. Color palette

Help designers to pick the right color palette for your website, which can positively impact on visitors. The suitable color palette gives a balanced-look to your website design. Web designers usually avoid using too many colors. Three or four shades are enough to give an appealing and clear design for your web page.

6. Easy Navigation

Easy navigation helps visitors stay more time on the web page. It is good to use a logical page hierarchy for more effective navigation. Designing clickable buttons, remember that visitors can get the required information in less than three clicks.

7. Emphasis

Emphasis is used to establish effortless communication with your site visitors. It is  helpful to use headings and subheadings and using bullet points rather than long sentences. It is the design principle founded in the intentional “highlighting” of certain important elements of the website layout.

8. Unity

The unity deals with the human ability to organize information visually grouping some separate elements into categories.

What are the main requirements for website development in Singapore?

Web development divided into two main categories:

Front-end: The code for how the web site displays on the screen. The front-end developer is in charge of bringing the web designer’s vision to life with the help of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Back-end: The back-end developer manages all website’s behind-the-scenes resources, coding the data in the database and optimizing how that data gets delivered (main languages: PHP, Ruby, Python, Java or .Net.)

What about if you’re using some platform like WordPress, Squarespace, or Wix?

Do you need a backed developer, if your site is on WordPress platform?

No, you don’t. Templated websites usually have limited and fixed options for UI.

In this case, you need a developer who is good at that specific platform that you are going to use.

So, how to understand what the proper website development is?

Here are the main requirements for web development to be considered.

1. Fast Loading

No one wants to wait for your website. Your site should have prompt loading time for all users on all devices. You can use GTmetrix or Pagespeed Insights by Google to check your website speed.

2. SEO Savvy

The power of optimizing your site for browsers and humans brings results, conversions, and satisfaction. Developers can help you with compelling, readable content for your visitors and the search engines. Web development professionals work on1 all essential on-page SEO tags and elements, including schema and XML sitemaps.

3. Strong Security

Just remember that your site should be secured or include fundamental security and privacy protocols, at least. It will help you to protect your business, client, and user data.

4. Artificial Intelligence

Siri, for example, 🙂 Cortana, Zeroth, etc. Or there is another example: Adobe’s Sensei is making all design tools more accessible.

5. Integrated

A good website developed and integrated with necessary software or platforms. For example, when you choose to send postings to Twitter or download your CRM report, it can be accomplished quickly and easily.

6. Administrated properly

There are various administrative tasks associated with operating a website. User management, content management, themes, SEO, emails, all of them should all be under your or the appropriate employee control. If you find you’re spending more time trying to operate your site smoothly, it’s time to hire a web developer for an upgrade or website maintenance.

7. Quality Content

Website developers are not content creators, but they know how to grow and generate traffic. Try to listen to them, ask for their opinions and advice. Growing traffic comes down to a combination of creating great content and building a strong network of relationships with valuable influencers.

8. Progressive Web Apps

Savvy web designers have successfully blended the best web and app features into Progressive Web Apps.

What are the Pros of PWA?

1) Offline

The ability to load the entire application without an internet connection!

2) Responsive

3) Progressive

They work for any web browser

4) Push notifications

5) Fast

6) Secure

All Progressive Web Apps secured via HTTPS coding

7) Consistent

Learn more about PWA here.

Btw, we can develop the Progressive Web App for your business to succeed faster in the competitive market 😉

Summing Up

Here are mentioned the general traits that the vast majority of websites require to be efficient, hassle-free, and good at what they do. These features can make the owner’s and users’ life easy.

If you have no website yet, I would recommend learning more about website builders, how to research domains, as well as the best web design practices.

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Marianna OLE

Marianna OLE

Hi, guys! I published my first article online in 2010, being really far from Singapore. During all these years, I've traveled a lot, designed a lot, and met tons of amazing people. And I have stories and moments to share. Did I improve my writing skills from 2010? Probably 😊 But only you, my readers, can tell me about it. You ask me many questions about website design, WordPress development, photography, and my personal interests. So, here you can find answers to your questions because I'd like others to benefit from your curiosity 😁 . I am grateful for your questions and lessons, and I am ready to move on!

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