Can A Web Designer Create a Website?
Creating a business website can feel a bit overwhelming, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the technicalities involved. One of the most frequent questions we get asked by clients is “Do I need a web designer or a web developer?”. In this article we tackle this question and discuss the use of WordPress as an affordable alternative for website development.
Do I Need a Web Designer or a Web Developer?
The terms web designer and web developer are often used interchangeably, but, in fact, they’re very different roles in website creation:
What Does a Web Designer Do?
A web designer is responsible for creating the visual layout and style of a website. They focus on designing the user interface, selecting colour schemes, typography, and graphical elements. Their goal is to ensure a visually appealing and user-friendly website that reflects their client’s brand identity and offers multiple ways to engage with the website content.
What Does a Web Developer Do?
Do I Need Both to Create a Business Website?
If you’re looking for a website that is complex, and has a number of bespoke features, then you will need both a web designer and a web developer. This will allow you to customise every aspect of the web site architecture and create features that are unique to your business.
The Imagefix team includes both web designers and web developers. Working together involves the web designer creating an appealing and intuitive user interface, while the web developer brings the concept to life by implementing the necessary code, integrating databases, and ensuring optimal functionality. Together they create a visually appealing, user-friendly, and technically robust website.
The WordPress Alternative
Many Imagefix clients are looking for a high-quality business website, that will provide them with an online presence, grow their brand, and generate enquiries. They don’t have the complex requirements for which a web developer is necessary. In this case, we recommend a WordPress site.
WordPress is used by 43.2% of all the websites online including Microsoft, Etsy, Walt Disney, CNN and BBC America. Many people know it as a blogging site, but it’s also a popular platform for web design that is user-friendly and offers wide range of customisable themes and plugins. Users can create and manage websites without having to code every aspect of it. With its flexibility and vast plugin ecosystem, WordPress is suitable for the vast majority of websites, including eCommerce sites.
Why Choose WordPress?
Developing a website from nothing is a costly and time-consuming process. WordPress offers a more affordable model for website building, without compromising on quality, or customisation. Here’s how it works:
- WordPress Themes. There are thousands of WordPress themes available, each one individually created by designer/developers. These can be fully customised according to a client’s requirements. The website you end up with will be unique to your business.
- WordPress Plugins. Plugins are features and functionalities that can be added to your website, for example, contact forms, enhanced security, website backups, email opt-in forms, online shopping. There are thousand of these plugins that provide your site with optimum functionality.
- WordPress Websites Are Responsive. With over 50% of all search traffic happening via mobile, your website needs to be mobile-friendly. WordPress sites have responsiveness baked in, which means they look good and works perfectly on any device.
- WordPress is Accessible. Once a WordPress website is complete the client can easily access the ‘backend’ to add pages, blogs, news, or make changes to content. If you want to refresh you design at any point, most web designers will be happy to work on a WordPress site, whereas a site created by a web developer can be time-consuming to access and change.
Do I Need a Web Designer or a Web Developer? Or a WordPress Designer?
The easiest way to answer these questions is to give the Imagefix team a call. We’ll listen carefully to what you’re looking for, and then make a recommendation based the complexity of your requirements and the size of your budget.
Whether you require a web designer and developer, or a WordPress designer for your website, Imagefix will be your trusted partner in bringing your vision to life. With our commitment to quality, innovation, and personalised solutions, we ensure your online presence stands out from the crowd.
Looking for a website design solution? Call Imagefix to talk through the option that would suit you best. Call us today on 01525 715608.