What is Web Development for Beginners?

The majority of humans on planet Earth use the web (also known as the Internet) every single day, but how many people actually know how it works and the technicalities involved?

Broadly, web development refers the activities associated with building websites for hosting via internet (World Wide Web) or an intranet (private network). It ranges from developing plain text pages to complex web-based applications, electronic business applications like Amazon and social networking sites like Instagram.

The wonderful news about learning web development is that it is not difficult. In fact, some professionals argue that it is the best form of programming to learn as it is easily set up, gets instant results, and there are lots of available online training. Whether it is to get a career path, create the next Facebook, or just learn coding, learning how to develop for the web is a smart way to go.

There are two broad divisions of web development, front-end development (client-side development) and back-end development (server-side development). The first refers to developing what the user sees when a web application is opened, it takes care of design, layout, content and interactivity using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The text on a website, the drop-down menus, the eye-catching layout are all brought together by a front-end developer, who writes a series of programmes, run through a browser to structure the elements in a way that looks good.

The backend developer engineers the activities behind the scenes where data is stored. The web backend consists of the website server host, the application for running it and the database that contains the data. Backend development involves using computer programs to ensure that the application, server, and the database run smoothly together using a variety of server-side languages including Python, Java, Ruby and PHP and NodeJS.

An individual who is passionately interested in coding, could consider becoming a full-stack developer. This involves taking responsibility for both the backend and frontend. Naturally, getting to this stage will take a longer duration as knowledge of the web operations on all levels is needed in order to determine how the server-sides and client-sides will relate.
If you are a beginner, you can learn whatever aspect of web development with online courses that can help you reach your targets.

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