What exactly is web development?

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Web development. The world of code, weird characters and pure logic. You can do anything your heart desires with it. Without web development, this world looked very different, we had no smartphones, cars, planes, people on the moon, and many lived much further away from us. With today's techniques, you can continuously identify new discoveries with web development. But how do you know if you are looking for a web developer and what is the difference between front-end and back-end? We'll explain it all!

Web development, what is it?

For us, web development means developing systems by programming in different 'languages'. Web development makes it possible to interact with a piece of plastic with some threads on it. Of course, we are referring here to the chips in computers. The result of web development is code language what we softwares title. Code language that connects certain elements that did not exist before and that creates the context for those elements to exist.

Development can be roughly divided into two different subcategories: front-end and back-end web development. Battlefront and back may already tell you a bit about what they are used for.

What's the difference between front-end and back-end?

Back-end web development

Back-end web developers (backend) are often busy creating new features. For example, to display and use a form on your website, you must have created a function to store that form somewhere, send it and, for example, simultaneously send a notification to the sender. In principle, you can therefore say that back-end developers create the ability to display or manipulate something at the front of the website.

It is therefore very important for back-end developers to describe exactly what needs to be done to achieve the desired result. They want to go from head to toe describe the most unthinkable scenarios, because these are often the scenarios that lead to the most disastrous problems.

Case: Let's say you have a form on the website, and someone uses a checkbox to indicate whether they want to receive a copy of the form, but they don't enter their email address. What do you want to do in that scenario? Exactly: Show a notification with the message that the email address has not been entered. (Fortunately, this is fairly obvious, but for the example, this scenario must be described for the back-end developer.)

Front-end web development

That brings us to front-end web development. Because even though you now have a certain idea in your head of a nice website, with a form on it, the 'bare code“Not so pretty at all. It still needs to be made beautiful via front-end web development. It must function as a form and, of course, you also want the input fields to all be neatly aligned. This is where the front-end person comes in. The front-end web developer works to ensure that it all looks as described in the design.

What is important for front-end people? So that a good design has been made of all the different screen resolutions. We sometimes jokingly say: “One design is no design”, but it really is true. When you design an app that is used on iPads, this does not mean that the same visual representation is used for smartphones. A designer must therefore take into account the most common scenarios.

How does web development work?

In a development process, we define well in advance what can already be developed with the knowledge that is available and what can still cause complications. For example, we already have a way of sending forms, so a very large part of the clients' wishes can already be fulfilled.

Case: The client wishes to have forms filled out on his website, but as icing on the cake, the client also wants a PDF document is created automatically (for example a quote) based on the data entered. The client also wants to automatically put it on 'standby' in a system to send manually.

95% of this process is already feasible, but which mail system does the client want to use? Who is going to log into that system and what rights does that person have? For example, can he give other people the same rights? These questions alone can ensure that a large part of the available budget goes to that 5% of the assignment.

What do I pay for web development?

Rootsteps has the basic premise that you don't have to reinvent the wheel. The 5% in the previous case, which mainly gets attention when it comes to what you pay for web development, is where the challenges lie for our team. We are happy to process the 95% from the previous case into a fixed amount per month so that we pay off in the long term. The costs can therefore be divided into one-off and ongoing costs.

One-time costs include the project's major questions (innovation)

Ongoing costs include the use of existing systems (maintenance)

Questions about web development?

We are always available for an explanatory interview. Call 085 - 201 14 67 or email us at root@rootsteps.nl. You are more than welcome to use our contact form via the contact page.

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Steven Maas

Steven is eigenaar van Rootsteps, wordt enthousiast van nieuwe technieken, houdt zich bezig met klantcontact, content-creatie, user experience design en Search Engine Marketing.