THE LIFE OF A WEB DEVELOPER

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The majority of modern-day businesses cannot expect to stay competitive without a strong online presence. Naturally, then, most businesses employ or contract web developers – the people tasked with building functional, attractive, and user-friendly online platforms.

Before we jump into a day in the life of a web developer – do you know the main responsibilities of this career?

A WEB DEVELOPER PERFORMS TASKS SUCH AS…

  • Building websites using technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This includes the layout of websites, as well as frameworks used to deliver the content that will be displayed on the site.
  • Modifying and updating websites according to a company or client’s specifications.
  • Ensuring that websites are visually attractive and user-friendly.
  • Collaborating with other colleagues, such as content creators, copywriters, graphic designers, marketing managers, and IT staff.
  • Testing websites and troubleshooting any problems as soon as they are identified.

Web developers work either within companies or at specific web design agencies, or as freelancers. Job roles may therefore vary according to this, and also according to the size of the company or agency. For example, in smaller companies, web developers will frequently interact with other team members and may take on multiple roles. In larger companies, the web developer may focus on only a few more specialised roles.

It’s important to note that your roles also differ depending on whether you’re a front-end developer or a back-end developer.

In simple terms, front-end developers are responsible for producing the aspects of the website that users see and interact with, while back-end developers are tasked with developing the underlying platforms that drive the front-end. 

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR A FRONT-END WEB DEVELOPER?

Your work schedule is typically far from routine, because you’ll often be solving problems as they arise. Schedules and deadlines can however apply to big projects. Here is an example of a day in the life of a front-end web developer:

  08h00 – After arriving at the office, you may want to test your company or client’s website for any problems, or continue working on a project from the previous day.

  08h30 – You may need to attend a team meeting to discuss ongoing projects, brainstorm ideas, or speak about new strategies to boost your business or clients’ online presence.

  10h00 – Time to refocus on the current projects you’re working on. You may be spending the rest of the day doing programming and developing a company or client’s website, or taking a few hours to implement new platforms and functions.

  13h00 – After lunch, you could be checking whether there are any issues with your websites that need attending to. This could include anything from broken links to text or images that aren’t displaying properly.

  14h00 – If you have some time, you may decide to do some research on new technologies and tools that could improve the way you develop sites. As a web developer, it’s important to stay on top of trends in the field in order to stay competitive.

  15h00 – You may want to collaborate with content creators or graphic designers to review the text and images that will be placed on the website, and where they will fit into the layout. You’ll need to ensure that pages are properly laid out and visually appealing to users.

  16h00 – At the end of the day, it’s a good idea to review the day’s work, and possibly test your websites one more time.

Considering the high demand for web developers in the current workplace, choosing this career path is a savvy choice!

What Are Some Related Alternative Careers?

If you think you do not have the qualities of a web developer, you can pursue other related careers such as being graphic designers and multimedia artists, animators, and more. Graphic designers use computer software to create original artwork which was used in web page layouts, magazine pieces, newspaper ads, and internet reports. On the other hand, multimedia artists and animators use their artistic talent creating digital effects and animation for feature films, television shows, and internet videos.

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