- Web Designers: Designers usually start off with a wire frame (blueprint for your website), they should be skilled in UI/UX (user interface and experience) and should be able to move from the wire frame to a mockup with Photoshop with developer ready assets. Some designers are also skilled in…
- Front End Web Development: They take the PSD from the designer and splice it into HTML/CSS. This creates a static website, front end developers well versed in different CMS can implement the design into a custom theme creating a dynamic website.
- Back End Web Development: Real programmers should be familiar with design and the front-end, but their real talent is in the back end (server side development).
What you’re require for depends completely on your business, if you’re a local business look for a PHP Developer experienced with WordPress (cheapest) since their are nice (and cheap) themes that can help you get started. If you’re a technology startup, look to hire a Ruby on Rails developer to build an web app that scales, then if the design isn’t that great – that’s when you can hire a web designer to redesign your website.
One last bit of advice before we jump into the infographic, if you want to save money and cut down billable hours, create a mockup! It could be on pen and paper, a mockup tool like Balsamiq (better), or even through Photoshop (best). Visualizing your idea on paper and breaking down what every single button does makes everyone’s life easier. Think like a programmer, break down steps in “if this, then that” sequences ie. “if user completes form, then send him this email” or “if user does not insert a strong enough password, then insert error ‘please use a stronger password.’
Now lets checkout our visual on “How to Hire a Web Designer”: