The Importance of Web Programming
This is probably the first time you've started to think about having a website done. You probably don't like much the idea, because of the expense, but you know that it is a Must in order to stay in the marketplace. This page is intended to answer all of your questions about what website best fits you, if you have no idea about web design in general.
Many people know that they need a website but don't know where to start, or they think that a nice graphic design is all they need. The truth is that there are many other more complex aspects to consider.
The first thing you need to know is that you will probably need to hire the services of a web programmer to develop your website. What is a web programmer? A web programmer is a person who has great knowledge of web development and is in charge of writing the code of web applications. This definition is still a little confusing for those who don't know anything about software source code and computer languages. For this reason, we provide a better answer.
When you surf the web, you enter different websites with different functionalities. There are websites which allow you to fill forms, to pay for a product with your credit card, websites with movement -Flash-, etc. These websites are called dynamic websites because they have specific functionalities. Static websites are those generally developed in HTML. These websites are made up of pages that don't have any other functionality than to show certain information that won't change. They are not interactive as some dynamic websites are.
These websites, especially dynamic websites, have been created by web programmers. A website graphic design is the outer part of the web design. The rest is the skeleton that holds the graphic design and allows the graphics to appear on the internet. The web programmer is the only one with the necessary knowledge to develop dynamic websites. However, if you only want a static website, then you can hire a graphic design with HTML knowledge. That probably will be cheaper than hiring both a designer and a web programmer.
There are different types of websites according to the use you want to give it. The following is a list of dynamic websites that require the services of experts in web programming.
E-catalogs or electronic catalogs are websites that function as catalogs. They show products, prices, offers, etc. Companies now and then print catalogs for their customers. Every time they do it, the catalogs are different, or at least their content is. This happens because companies change prices, products, and offers constantly. The same occurs with e-catalogs. If you have an e-catalog designed, you'll probably want to make modifications on it soon. This is why e-catalogs should be dynamic. In other words, you will need the help of a web programmer. The web programmer will develop a database-driven web application and provide a content management system for you to make the modifications easily. Developing a catalog in HTML is a big mistake because it's very difficult to make changes in HTML.
E-commerce websites are websites intended to sell products online. These are very complex websites that generally include catalogs, shopping carts, forms, contact forms, etc. This type of websites usually handles sensitive information, such as credit card numbers, and other data. For this reason, they should be extremely secure. Only a trained web programmer will be able to carry out this type of job. Web coders are the only ones with the knowledge necessary to do this kind of work. So, if you are in need of an e-commerce website, then the first thing you should do is to look for an expert in web programming.
Database-driven websites are websites that store information in a database. If you sell a wide range of products and you want to show each of them on the internet, you don't need a specific page for each specific product. With a static website, you would need to create a page per product, and this can be really tiring and may take a lot of time. By separating your website and the content -the case of database-driven websites- the requested information is automatically dragged from a database to a page. Besides, in the case of a static website, if you needed to make a change in prices, telephone numbers or any information that appears on each of the site pages, it would take you a lifetime to make the modifications. With a database-driven website you can make these changes through a content management system easily. You only change it once, and you will see the modifications on each page. Only web programmers are qualified to do this kind of job.
There are other types of web applications that require the services of web programmers. If you planned your website to have certain functions, then try to learn as much as you can about the type of website you are looking for. Don't underestimate the role of programmers.
Now that you understood how important web coders are, you should begin to think about other essential aspects of web design. Websites don't only involve graphic design and web programming but other elements that are crucial for your website to appear online and to find success on the internet. Take a look at our "SEO and Copywriting: Keys to Success" and "Why Do I Need a Web Hosting Service?" sections to learn more.