As our internet speeds get faster and people are connecting with many different types of devices, web development has had to become more robust and versatile. Websites need to be fast and work on desktops, laptops, tablets and phones. A lot goes on behind the scenes to make this happen. To help bring the blog, form, e-store, etc. to life we need not just one developer, but a team of people who specialize in different parts of web development: front-end, back-end or full-stack.
The front-end is the part of a website or app that users see. Front-end developers turn the design into usable elements and make a site easier to use, navigate and interact with. Front-end developers also work to make your experience great on mobile phones, tablets and desktops. They are often comfortable working with design tools, like Photoshop or Illustrator, as well as the more logic-heavy parts of coding to bring a design to life.
The back-end is the back or server-side part of development. Back-end developers often work with the database to move information to and from the database and the front-end. Form inputs, logins, text-editors, and validators — just to name a few; all of these components need to interact with a database to verify, save, or retrieve data. A back-end developer helps get the front-end developer what they need from the database so the front-end developer can show the user what they need.
The back-end developer also has the important task of making sure these interactions and the database are secure.
Developers often start out as a front-end or back-end developer and slowly learn how the other side works. Some developers start off really enjoying one part of development, but they eventually need to understand how the other part works too.
A full-stack developer is comfortable with both front-end and back-end development and can work with all the languages needed for the site or app. They are the jack-of-all-trades for sites and apps and are capable of jumping in to help with whatever is needed. What makes a full-stack developer “full-stack” is they are comfortable doing any part of the development.
What can we build for you?
At White Lion, we help clients execute effective web strategies. We demystify the web and can help you understand your development needs from simple to complex. Our team of talented professionals make it easy to get a website that works for you.
We have a team of front-end, back-end and full-stack developers who work together to bring your websites to life. We work as a team to allow us to play to our strengths while learning outside those strengths to help us build clean, usable and secure websites.
Contact us to learn more about adding a new feature to your site, providing ongoing maintenance or just being your trusted web developer team.