The issue is not which one wins but rather which one is more effective … for your current task anyway. To decide on the winner we dig a little deeper into the definition and explanation of both of these fighting terms. Web Development or Website Design who would win this fierce battle.
Lets take a look at our software development & design contenders:
First up the Website Designer
In its corner we have technology from: Flash, video technology, Animation, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PDF, Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel, CSS, HTML. A heavy weight business website design contender indeed
The website designer not to be confused with a graphic design (one who designs websites and in other areas such as print, advertising, book illustrations etc. more on graphic designers another time) is one who is concerned with the layout, schemes and aesthetic values of a website; according to wikipedia this typically includes "hypertext or hypermedia". In other words a professional web designer given the chance can enhance, create or produce a graphically pleasant website based on any vague or complex idea one can imagine.
The Website designer brings a graphical message to its user one that the pros call the client side of things
Second up the Web Developer
A web developers role goes a little deeper but should not be considered more important than that of a web designer it should also not be confused with a web programmer (one who specializes in scripting, coding, programming of software and applications for websites and other areas such as desktops PC's, MACS, Linux, shells etc.). A web developer is one who is concerned with the functionality of a website. Web developers are immersed with how the website flows; how each link is navigated and connected; SEO aspects such as Meta Tags, content, sitemap; how the design relates or fits to the content being presented; programming and scripting of the website etc. A website developer is involved in both the back-end and front-end of your website. In other words a professional web developer will make sure that your web pages are debugged and error free.
The Web developer brings a problem solving; development; programming attitude to the table, delivering a message of clarity to its user. One that the pros call the client side and server side of things.
The one thing we can be sure of is that the web developer and website designer must know inside and out how to duke out the HTML (Hypertext Markup language), which is a set of commands and tags that make up the primary markup language of the internet.
A professional web development and web design team should be equipped with or at least have at their disposal a web developer and web designer to accomplish the proper development of a clients website.
Looks like this will be a fierce battle but when deciding whether you need a web developer or designer, think about your current project; to make it through the real war you may require both to help you fight the online battle.