Web design and development are two important aspects of the internet that many people take for granted because they don’t know what they are. A lot of people are benefiting from the widespread use of the internet, the different websites found in it and all the information uploaded onto the web. However, only a limited amount of people are curious about how these information got there to begin with.
A website has two important parts, the first of which would be web design. This is the visual that the users of a particular website see. It is concerned primarily with the usability of the site – focusing on aspects such as how the site would look like and how customers would be interacting with it. It also deals with how to make a website user-friendly, creating ease in the navigation features of a website.
On the other hand, web development is the back-end of the website. This means that this aspect of a website deals with the programming and works of the site. Web developers are primarily concerned with keeping the site working and running effectively – troubleshooting, solving problems and issues and many more. Web developers are the ones responsible for learning programming languages such as HTML and PHP.
Web developers can become web designers and vice versa. An individual can do all the work by himself and complete make a website running while making sure that it is usable. However, in large web developing companies, they want to make a distinction between the two and hire two different individuals for web development and web design.
Ironically, even if the Philippines is known as one of the countries in the world most engaged in social media, the country has never released a Filipino owned social networking site. Other nations such as Vietnam, Thailand, Korea and many more have developed their own websites and these are quite popular in these nations locally.
Even so, this does not stop Filipinos from participating actively in the cyber world. There are a number of aspiring Filipino Web Designers but there are only few who truly stood out. Despite the concerning number, the continuous use of blogs and other similar social media seem to be a sign that the country has good potential. As interest in the internet and other technologies continue to flourish in the Philippines, it may not be too long before some genius develops the first ever Filipino Social Networking Site.
The Philippines may be lagging behind their other Asian counterparts when it comes to the web and mobile app development but the country seem to be doing well to try to slowly (but steadily) progress. In 2008, in hopes of boosting interest in the craft, Filipino web designers established the Philippine Web Designers Organization or PWDO to offer workshops, conferences and training for budding web designers. Today, there are approximately 20,000 to 50,000 designers who are working in the country for various tracks such as communications, broadcasting, BPOs and many more. A lot of people say that this number could still potentially increase if the government certifies web designers and allow some policies to help them in developing not only their careers but their industry as well.