Web designers plan, create and code web pages, using both non-technical and technical skills to produce websites that fit the customer's requirements.
They are involved in the technical and graphical aspects of pages, producing not just the look of the website, but determining how it works as well. Web designers might also be responsible for the maintenance of an existing site.
The term web developer is sometimes used interchangeably with web designer, but this can be confusing. Web developing is a more specialist role, focusing on the back-end development of a website and will incorporate, among other things, the creation of highly complex search functions.
The recent growth in touch screen phones and tablet devices has dictated a new way of designing websites, with the web designer needing to ensure that web pages are responsive no matter what type of device a viewer is using. Therefore the need to test websites at different stages of design, on a variety of different devices, has become an important aspect of the job.
Web designer duties can vary depending upon the type of organization worked for and the technical level of the website, but can include:
· drawing up detailed website specifications;
· designing graphics, animations and manipulating digital photographs;
· Knowledge of different PHP Framework (WordPress, Joomla, Magneto, Open cart etc.);
· Knowledge of Code igniter, Larvae, and PHP would be beneficial.
· meeting relevant legal requirements such as accessibility standards, freedom of information and privacy;
· designing the website's visual imagery and ensuring it's in line with company branding policy or the requirements of the client;
· w0rking with other web specialists including web developers and graphic designers;
· Basic Knowledge of Software Testing & GUI testing;
· researching current design trends;
· Continual professional development to keep up to date with new software developments.