Web development is the building and maintenance of websites; it’s the work that happens behind the scenes to make a website look great, work fast and perform well with a seamless user experience.
Web developers do this by using a variety of coding languages. The languages use depends on the types of tasks being performed and the platforms on which they are working.
At STRIDE, web development is generally broken down into front-end (the user-facing side) and back-end (the server side).
What you see and what you use, such as the visual aspect of the website, the drop down menus and the text, are all brought together by the front-end dev, who writes a series of programmes to bind and structure the elements, make them look good and add interactivity. These programmes are run through a browser.
The backend developer engineers look at what is going on behind the scenes. This is where the data is stored, and without this data, there would be no frontend. The backend of the web consists of the server that hosts the website, an application for running it and a database to contain the data.
The backend dev uses computer programmes to ensure that the server, the application and the database run smoothly together. This type of development needs to analyse what a company’s needs are and provide efficient programming solutions. To do all this amazing stuff they use a variety of server-side languages, like PHP, Ruby, Python and Java.
Websites allow you the ability to create an experience of your organisations for your customers, giving them insight into your organisation but also into how you do things and what the essence of your organisation is that they can identify with.
At STRIDE, our front-end developers and User Experience designers spend a great amount of time ensuring that the essence of your organisation is adequately captured in the interface of your website and guides the user through your website in a way that is seamless and easy to navigate. Our Back-end developers ensure that your website functions at its best and that every element achieves its desired outcome in the best possible way possible.