Web development is a phrase you hear often but may have trouble explaining to others. Odds are if you tell someone you’re in web development you’ll be met with a polite nod followed by… “And that means what?” Web development is a broad term but it generally involves some basic actions.
The entire process of web development includes the design, the development of the web content, client side and severs side scripting and even the configuration of network security amongst other things that need to be done.
All in all it ranges from designing the text on all of the pages to the applications that may be found on the site such as applications for social media networks or ones for electronic businesses. It is also the programming or coding in which activates the functionality of the website, based on the requirements of whoever owns that website.
The main aspect of web development is the coding process and the writing markup process:
HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is the language of the web; it is the code that your browser is sent when it asks for a web page. The actual coding looks like gibberish but it involves a complex coding of instructions for sites to communicate with each other. On a fundamental level, every HTML document is a hierarchical structure made up of elements and their content. All good web developers must understand the intricacies of the structure of an HTML document.
HTML on its own is not very flexible when it comes to laying out pages and making them attractive to the eye. For that purpose these days we turn to CSS, which stands for Cascading Style Sheets. CSS enables developers and designers to give specific visual properties to the various items that make up a web page. So through CSS you can say what fonts are to be used for text and headings, give your navigation menus a distinctive color, and so on.
Client Side Coding
Client side coding includes the writing of XHTML and is then stored on a web browser where server side coding is not accessible by the client, instead it is executed on a web server that creates the correct XHTML and then it gets sent to the client. With client coding you are allowed to change the HTML and refresh the page. Something like this is where high levels of security come into play from the web designers because if the server side of coding is modified by the client coding it can result in the webpage being poor in quality as well as security. The majority of companies have developers whose sole purpose is to create the client side coding and then they have others who use the interface codes; these workers are known as front end developers.
Overall web development can be easy or it can be hard, it all depends on what you are creating the website for and how many pages the website is supposed to have as well as the kind of content that is going to be displayed on the page. It’s important to think about the SEO integration as well since this will be a large part of how search engines will begin to target your site. It’s important to choose your SEO link services during conception of your site to ensure a proper optimization strategy. There are websites that are just for reading, some just for listening to music, some just for watching shows and movies and some just for playing games or looking at pictures. Whatever your needs, odds are there is a web developer out there somewhere that can help you with your project.