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Other names for Web Designer:
- Html Coder / Developer
- Internet Developer
- Web Editor / Designer
- Web Programmer
- Web Publishing Advisor
- Website Architect
- Website Developer
What is a Web Designer?
Web Designer’s job is to create exciting and functional websites that people will return to.
Web Designers work with web developers/programmers to plan, build, and maintain websites either working freelance, on contract or consultancy for companies/government, or as part of marketing/advertising firms.
Web Designer’s create and design the front end of World Wide Web (www.) applications. The front end of a website is what everyone sees, like the exterior of a car. Whereas, the back end, what a web developer creates, is like the engine under the hood of a car.
The types of websites Web Designers create are forever expanding.
Here are a few major examples:
- Information portals: eg: www.careerplanet.co.za
- Search engines: eg: Google
- On-line Business sites: eg: Amazon
- On-line Banking sites: eg: Standard Bank
- Social networking sites: eg: Facebook
- Entertainment sites: eg: YouTube
What does a Web Designer do?
- identifies the market – who the potential users are
- liaises with clients – understanding their vision and requirements
- negotiates contracts with clients
- designs layout, colour and fonts
- designs graphics
- creatse artistic and user-friendly functions
- improves the SEO (search engine optimization), the ranking on search engines
- re-designs existing websites for clients
Are you …?
- computer savvy?
- knowledgable about the Web?
- a good listener?
- work well under pressure?
How do I become a Web Designer?
Very successful Web Designers have a background and/or training in graphic design. For here, they will move into becoming a Web Designer.
There are many study options to becoming a Web Designer.
National Diploma in Information Technology
Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology (BTech)
- Cape Peninsula University of Technology
- Central University of Technology
- Durban University of Technology
- Mangosutho University of Technology
- Tshwane University of Technology
- Vaal University of Technology
- Walter Sisulu University
Bachelor Degree of Information Technology
Courses at Private Institutions:
They offer a Web Development Course: CLICK HERE
- Become a Web Developer / Website Designer today!
- You will learn how to write computer programmes for websites as well as learn how to ‘design’ one.
- You will use both internet programming tools as well as graphic computer packages.
- If you enjoy computers, this may be the career for you!
- CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
- Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
- To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education.
- CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions.
Is becoming a Web Designer the right career choice for me?