Web development has been more in focus in the last few years. And there's a huge expectation from web developers since we can see the abrupt change in digitization and technology. The process of web development ranges from tons of tasks which include creating complex web applications from plain text pages. Under the conversion, the tasks to be counted are:
Web development is often categorized into two forms – front-end and back-end web development. A developer can either be a front-end, a back-end developer or a full stack developer (both front-end and back-end developer).
a) Front-end: It is classified as an abstraction, which means simplifying the underlying component and provide a user-friendly interface.
b) Back-end: It is more towards handling business logic and data storage.
There are few skills that every web developer should know to remain updated with the current technological scenario. Let’s explore all 10 to assist every web developer.
All the web developers need to be skilled with the most abstract language – HTML & CSS. HTML is important since it’s the basic thing that builds the components. CSS on the other side is a must to make things look good on the web page. It creates artistic and beautiful experiences on web browsers across the increasing list of available devices.
There is no doubt that the users' expectations have evolved with time and digital trends. The most important expectation is the design expectation. Users prefer a simple design of the website. A web developer needs to understand that there's more into web design than simply colours and layout. User prefers those web or mobile apps that have a simplified look and feel & easy to operate.
Websites today alone hardly stand a chance to win the reachability of audience. The era today is more of mobile than desktops or laptops. And with the growing power of mobile, it's considered as the best platform to promote the company's branding.
Web developers thus need to act proactive and create it in a way that it is responsive across all platforms and devices. This not only expands the reach of the website to a wide audience across the globe but is also available at any time irrespective of the geography, location and time.
Just by building a website doesn’t mean that it would top the list of related service provider company’s websites. It’s important for web developers to consider various numbers of factors that affect the ranking of a website in the pool of websites in the search engine.
Such a scenario pushes web developers to go an extra length and keep an insightful knowledge of ‘Search Engine Optimization'. This gives an extra edge in their knowledge field and favorable when it comes to giving SEO ideas for website ranking.
Back-end basics understanding are required for both front-end developers and back-end developers. This not only elaborates the web developers’ overall knowledge but also make them cherry on top of the cake. Few things to consider for backend basics are:
a) Servers: If not build an entire server, then web developer especially front-end developer should know the basics of the server, its need, its working and relation with the website.
b) API's: To understand the working of websites front-end with back-end infrastructure
c) Cybersecurity: The most important thing to learn about is cybersecurity to avoid any theft of data.
Another skill that enhances the web developer is the ability of project management. It’s an
important criterion that pushes the developers to an edge of their project understanding. Creating a website is a huge task and thus require effective planning, execution, SWAT analysis to make sure the project is well channeled and executed to produce desired results.
A well-prepared website with a simplified UI/UX that actually attracts users to it is the starting of the first win. However, performance and speed stand hand in hand along with the overall look and feel of the website. A slow speed or performing website can delay the loading of web pages and kill user’s mood to explore more.
Thus, web developers need to be skilled in getting as much data as possible in memory, and then think on how to get things cached at the file system so that it avoids making calls to a database which hampers the speed for most apps.
Other than an amazing web, Google Chrome also has tools for web developers. Google Chrome's developer tool helps web developers to look into and play with the code of live websites. This way they can see the changes in real time and apply tactics in their own website.
Other than all the technical skills that build the first base of a web developer, they also need to be equipped with soft skills. In organizations, where they need to continuously be in touch with leadership, top rank employees, web developers need to be aware of presentation skills, communicative skills and more that make them stand out and put them in a trustable list.
To conclude with, web developers need to be proactive enough to stay updated with the latest technological trends. This allows them to be prepared for any upcoming changes required in their website and act accordingly. An empowered and well-skilled developer is always the demand of any employer in the market.