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Understanding your real hiring needs: Full stack vs web developers

Every organization across every sector uses web technologies to communicate with potential consumers. However, not all businesses require the full suite of interactive programming that others do.

For instance, a website that is primarily provided for the purposes of general information may not need to have the most complex web architecture. By contrast, an art studio website may have an interactive gallery and require more intricate web programming.

The best way to determine the type of web developer you need is to examine exactly what the differences are between full stack development and standard web development.

What does a web developer do?

The term web developer covers quite a lot of ground in the programming world. It can be used to describe web designers who specialize in the layout and graphic design of a website or It can refer to programmers who use scripting languages to create complex applications for websites.

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In either case, it is important to understand the needs of your business. If your company requires a detailed information page then it may be best to hire a web designer who can promote that information in the most attractive way possible.

If your website needs forms, however, that may be best handled by a web programmer who can use advanced programming languages to create secure and efficient applications for your site.

What is front-end web development?

The front-end developer is one who specializes in the user experience of a particular website. They make sure that the information on the site is provided in a way that is attractive to consumers while also considering the navigability of the site.

Front-end developers use programming languages such as HTML, CSS, and Javascript to create beautiful forms and interactive applications for your site to make it stand out from the rest. They are responsible for everything from the color identity of the site to the size of the buttons.

They are also responsible for the most important part of a web experience: the first impression. When your website if utterly captivating then you give yourself the best chance of creating a client or gaining meaningful traction. A great front-end developer can take your website from the rickety wheel to the soaring rocket in a matter of days.

What is back-end development?

The back-end web developer is one who programs the other side of the user interface. When retrieving data through a form, the back end developer makes sure that is passed through correctly and stored appropriately. These developers are concerned with the “logic” of a website and its applications. They run server-side operations to control the quality of the programs and the website itself.

Back-end developers are also responsible for the security and flexibility of the site. Their first and primary goal is to make sure that everything is running securely and correctly on the other side of the user interface wall. Back-end developers make sure that everything has a logical order so that the website can operate at its maximum efficiency.

What is full stack development?

Finally, there is the full stack developer who has a deep understanding of all of the aspects of a website. When a programmer becomes proficient in design, user experience, logistics, and server-side operations then they effectively become full stack developers.

Full stack developers combine all of the facets of the back-end and front-end development along with a full suite of other skills that can be incorporated to improve the general viability of the site. They are not a one-man army, however, in fact, they are more of a polymath. They enjoy learning and applying skills to projects to ensure their success and beauty.

Conclusion

Ultimately, which web developer you decide to hire is based on what you need for your site or organization. If you own a small business that needs a simple information page then the web designer is who you want. If you need a host of different services then you may seek out a full stack developer.

If the need is for a person to run the data between the site and a server then the back end developer is your guy. In any case, it is important to understand what each role means and how they work together.

If you are business of scale then it is recommended that you have all three specialists to ensure that your site is beautiful efficient and at the top of its class.

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