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Customisation and Control: Exploring the Differences Between Website Builders and Website Developers

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Find out what you want your website to accomplish and what resources you have before deciding between a website builder and a web designer. Think of all the possible features and pages you’ll want. Below we compare the differences between web developers and website builders in terms of customisation and control.

Is selling to customers a priority for you? That calls for some sort of retail management software. Do you plan on publishing new material frequently? Then you’ll want some sort of blog publishing system. Do you want people to register as users or fill out a form?

You should also consider if you want a website that looks like everyone else’s or one that was developed just for you.

Anyone can create a website using a website builder without needing to learn how to code. Website builders enable you to use the software to design and create a website without needing to know how to code. However, some builders allow you to make additional changes or additions to your site via code if you are proficient in and comfortable with coding. When using a website builder, you will typically interact with an interface that resembles a dashboard.

Someone who can design and code a website from scratch is called a “web developer.” That person is likely fluent in and adept at using several markup languages for websites, including but not limited to HTML, JavaScript, Cascading Style Sheets, and possibly more. While it’s not always the case, most web developers have some sort of formal schooling or degree in web design.

Website developers can either work for a firm as full-time workers, developing and maintaining the company’s website, or they can work as independent contractors.

Website creators typically provide a library of pre-made templates that may be customised for use in a variety of market segments. You can use the site’s page builder to customise free or paid templates. These pre-made layouts allow users without design or coding experience to quickly and easily create professional-looking websites.

Shopify and BigCommerce are two website builders that let you use templates made by other developers.

Although it’s easier to use these templates than to write code from start, anyone can use the designs. As more and more individuals employ them, their individuality is diluted. Since substantial modification typically necessitates custom code, modifying a complicated template can be a challenge in and of itself.

However, there are website builders that include a code editor, allowing you to perform complex edits with your code.

Web designers, on the other hand, make fresh website themes according to your specific requirements and tastes. They guarantee your website has a distinct appearance and consistent branding, which is great for making a good first impression.

You might also enjoy our take on Building a Website On a Budget: Website Builders vs Website Developers

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I create a website without the help of a developer?

You probably won’t need a web developer if you’re comfortable in front of a computer and have some familiarity with WordPress or believe you could pick it up quickly. If you’re not confident in your ability to learn the coding language necessary to build your own website, it’s advisable to hire experts.

Do web developers merely construct websites?

The term “web development” describes every step involved in making a website or web application, from conceptualisation to implementation. Developing a website or online application requires a wide variety of languages, tools, and frameworks.

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