"Website Development" is a term used in several different ways, but on the whole, those in 'the industry' basically refer to website development as all of that which is not web design in regard to working with websites. Often times, it's not helpful to define things by negation, so another way to perhaps think about it is in terms of 'front-end' and 'back-end'. The 'front-end' is the side most folks see, while the 'back-end' is where all of the 'coding' or 'scripting' is done to make the front-end appear the way it does. They are very much different things, as you will see shortly.
First, let's take a look at a little snip-it from wikipedia in regard to Web Development:
Web development is a broad term for the work involved in developing a web site for the Internet (World Wide Web) or an intranet (a private network). Web development can range from developing the simplest static single page of plain text to the most complex web-based internet applications, electronic businesses, and social network services. A more comprehensive list of tasks to which web development commonly refers, may include web design, web content development, client liaison, client-side/server-side scripting, web server and network security configuration, and e-commerce development. Among web professionals, "web development" usually refers to the main non-design aspects of building web sites: writing markup and coding. ~ wikipedia
The front-end is all that the end-user sees, which is basically whatever everyone considers the WEBPAGE! We discussed an overall view of this in the web design page, essentially starting from the more 'universal substratum' and working toward the particulars in designing A WEBPAGE, for instance (Verilucis.com's first-draft Home Page):
What we did not get into was how we implement said designs, which gets into scripting and coding... the back-end 'stuff', which for our purposes we will consider the 'development' part of the process, the 'making it work' part.
The first time a person sees what goes into the development or sees the 'back-end' of a webpage, it can be very intimidating.
Here is an image to provide an example of the 'back-end' of the same page (above image) of Verilucis.com's "Home Page":
Yes, the back-end or "source" is very different or unlike what many might imagine! And, we have barely scratched the surface of what goes into the coding you see above, depending on the project. No worries, leave all the development stuff to Verilucis.com, focusing more of your attention on the presentation and design aspects.
There are many ways we can get an initial setup and develop a website without having to know all of the coding or any scripting, which is one of the reasons why we highly recommend an initial design and development of your website with WordPress, a content management system that is the core of millions of websites. We'll get into that on another webpage though!
The overall intention and point to consider here is that "Website Development" is the "back-end" work that makes it all possible. And, perhaps come to appreciate in some way or degree the work that goes into building/developing a website.
ALL of these web development tools are at our disposal in implementing your web design.
Hope this is starting to make a bit more sense!
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