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What’s the Difference between Front End & Back End Development?

What’s the Difference between Front End & Back End Development?

“Technology makes what was once impossible possible”. With the enhanced technology nowadays and how fast-paced the world is, owning an online brand requires keeping up with trends and the latest technologies, or in this case web development information. It’s somehow confusing to spot the difference between front-end and back end development and each’s role and goal. The front-end developer and the back end developer also are not the same, as the backend developer requires more technical skills and usually is paid more. Therefore, it’s best to understand the contradiction between both positions. 

back end development
back end development

Front End & Back End Development 

The Front-End development relies solely on the appearance and functionality (difficulty) of the website. They depend on the usage of colors, layouts, and fonts to create the visual side of the website; and to ensure that visitors of the website can associate with it and easily find it. while using different tools like programming language and design skills. Front-End developers are responsible for creating layouts, designs, and drop-down menus for websites.

Front-End developers must be aware of a few computer programming languages like JavaScript, Hypertext Markup (HTML), and cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to be able to design websites, and the knowledge of all of them is crucial as each has its role in the designing of the website for instance, CSS is responsible for features of the design, while HTML lays out the structure and content of the site. These developers also depend on other programs like Sketch or Photoshop, hand in hand with coding editing toles like Notepad.  However, to become a front-end web developer you usually need a bachelor’s degree in web design, computer science, programming, or graphic designing, yet it’s also possible to work in this field on projects that don’t require a degree. 

The Most Important Skills for a Front-End Web Developer:

  1. HTML
  2. CSS
  3. JavaScript
  4. Creativity 


back end development
back end development

Back End Development 

Having a very pretty website that doesn’t function properly can be the downfall of any website, and that’s why Back End developers are so important even though their work is entirely under the hood and unseen. The Back developer is responsible for the website’s servers, they use their technical skills to create the website’s structure and make sure that it functions making it possible to create a Front-End. 


These developers are responsible for 3 main aspects of the website, operations, programming interface, and database. Back-End developers use server-side programming languages like Java, Ruby, and Python to build the application, they also require to have experience with various tools like Oracle and SQL which are servers used to help store, organize, and change data. However, this type of development usually needs a degree in computer science, web development, or programming. Some people see that Front-End development is easier than Back-End development as it doesn’t need the same level of expertise that is required for Back-End, yet both need very good and strong coding skills. 

back end development
back end development

The Most Important Skills for a Back End Web Developer:

  1. Python 
  2. Java 
  3. Ruby
  4. Strong coding experience

What is the main difference?

Front-End development concentrates on the visuals and accessibility to the website, it requires creativity and coding experience, whilst on the other hand Back End development works on the servers of the website and isn’t seen to the public, yet it’s the core of the website and without it, there wouldn’t be a Front-End, it also requires higher and stronger coding experience. They both come hand in hand in the creation of a website to create both an appealing and functional website.


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