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    Is using Wordpress considered to be Web Development or Web Design?

    If you're just using Wordpress to make a website for yourself or a client or company, without coding at all, just installing plugins and using themes, is this considered to be Web Development or Web Design?

     
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    Super User IV

    @malikben9 

     

    Personally I would say it's both. It's web design from the perspective that you still need to know best practices for doing the layout of pages and doing formatting.

     

    It is web development from the plugins you use and how you set them up / configure them to work together

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    @malikben9 

     

    To add to what @PL281 posted, within the "industry" there is a pretty distinct difference. WordPress is just one of many platforms to build a website.  The skills used with WordPress or any platform can determine if you are truly a designer vs. a developer.

     

    If you are asking because you plan on labeling yourself, here are some additional considerations.

     

    "Designers" tend to be about the creative elements, visuals and layout. 

     

    Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator) 

    Graphic design

    Logo design

    Layout/format

    Placing call-to-action buttons

    Color palettes

    Typography

     

    "Developers" tend to indicate you get your hands dirty with code.  Things like: 

     

    HTML/CSS/JavaScript

    CSS 

    Frameworks 

    Libraries

    Git and GitHub

     

    So while you can do both by using WordPress to create a website, there is an implied set of skills if you were to call yourself one thing over the other.

     

    HTH! 😉

    Judith
    "Be a voice. Not an echo." ~ Anon

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    Super User IV

    @malikben9 

     

    Personally I would say it's both. It's web design from the perspective that you still need to know best practices for doing the layout of pages and doing formatting.

     

    It is web development from the plugins you use and how you set them up / configure them to work together

    I am a GoDaddy End User - Just Like You
    Check out my site! | I currently manage over 300 WordPress Websites
    * Please note that I offer free advice on this forum. Thank You Info If you would like personalized help, please contact me. Otherwise, please ask your question in the proper forum so the answer can assist EVERYONE in the community and not just you. Thanks! *

    Once your issue is resolved,
    please be sure to come back and click accept for the solution

    Get Better Support on the Community Boards!
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    Super User II

    @malikben9 

     

    To add to what @PL281 posted, within the "industry" there is a pretty distinct difference. WordPress is just one of many platforms to build a website.  The skills used with WordPress or any platform can determine if you are truly a designer vs. a developer.

     

    If you are asking because you plan on labeling yourself, here are some additional considerations.

     

    "Designers" tend to be about the creative elements, visuals and layout. 

     

    Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator) 

    Graphic design

    Logo design

    Layout/format

    Placing call-to-action buttons

    Color palettes

    Typography

     

    "Developers" tend to indicate you get your hands dirty with code.  Things like: 

     

    HTML/CSS/JavaScript

    CSS 

    Frameworks 

    Libraries

    Git and GitHub

     

    So while you can do both by using WordPress to create a website, there is an implied set of skills if you were to call yourself one thing over the other.

     

    HTH! 😉

    Judith
    "Be a voice. Not an echo." ~ Anon

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