Someone posted this on Craig’s List. I thought it was insightful and educational for people requesting services in the web industry. What really is the difference between a web designer and a web developer? The author of this post makes it clear.
I’ve found that over 80% of you people who post in here looking for a web designer or web developer don’t really know what it is exactly that you need. Almost all of you seem to be requesting PHP & MySQL knowledge, yet your projects don’t even require it. I’ve also seen some other crazy requests that no sane person could/would do without you shelling out TONS of $$$ for them.
A Web Designer:
A Web Developer:
Primarily handles the internals of a website that relies heavily on database technology (PHP & MySQL). These databases are usually proprietary, or so complex in nature that someone experienced in that coding languages is needed. A secondary action for them is that they might be experienced in some of the latest and greatest mobile technologies like iOS or Android. If so, they can be used to create applications and games for these platforms as well. A web developer IS capable of knowing how to do a web designers job, but it’s USUALLY not their strong suit.
What you will NOT find is…
So figure out where your needs lie (designer or developer), and THEN accurately post for what you need!