If you’re looking to get a website up and running, and what to hire someone to do so – who do you go to? Do you look for software developers or do you opt for people who know about web development? Frankly speaking – the different terms are extremely confusing, especially for the uninitiated.
Software design, software engineering, software development, web design, web development – these are just some of the names and titles that you’re going to come across.
First things first though – before you think about who you’re looking for, you need to have a firm idea what you want, exactly!
What Type of Website Do You Need?
Honestly, most people who need websites really require the most simple of websites – but they want it to look good. This can include your typical corporate websites, blogs, content websites, online magazines and so on.
It is important that you know that for these types of websites there are tons of readymade solutions available so what you really need is to make it look good – which doesn’t involve software design or web development at all, technically.
Instead, what you would really be looking for is a web designer.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to create a website that is entirely custom, and has various unique features such as a social network, ecommerce website, and so on – that might take something a little different.
Although there are open source solutions available for these types of websites, you’re going to want to hire a software developer or web developer to help you customize the platform you choose or design one from scratch.
In most cases you’ll find that the term software development and web development are interchangeable. Most software developers know enough about web development specifically to fulfill your needs.
So what you need to do is get a detailed list of your requirements, and then talk to them about it.
Be sure that you’re absolutely clear about the features that you require. That way there isn’t going to be any chance of misunderstanding.
Also, you might find that apart from software design and web development (which basically will form the backbone structure of your website) you might have to hire a web designer to make it look good.
On the other hand, if you hire a web development company – they might have a web designer that they already work with regularly.
Whatever the case – at least now you should know the difference between software design and web development. That means that you should be ready to hire your own software developer – if you find that you really do need to create something custom from scratch, or tweak some of the open source solutions out there.