Elements of Web Design (Part 4)

Laurus College Blog – Elements of Web Design (Part 4)

Elements of Web Design (Part 4)

by the Professional Business Systems Department at Laurus College

Do you want a career in one of today’s fastest growing industries? The Web Design Associate Degree program at Laurus College can help you achieve your career goals. In the final part of this series, we will complete our discussion about the last few remaining elements of back-end development for Web Design.

In the previous parts of this blog series, we provided a summary of the important items necessary for making sure that your website stays current and functional. Now we will dig deeper into the process for how the back-end development of a site keeps everything working properly, thus ensuring that users are able to find information on your web site without any problems.

Step #1

The back-end developer builds an Application using a server-side coding language such as PHP, Ruby, or Python.

*To make these types of coding easier to work with, they are enhanced by frameworks such as Ruby on Rails, Cake PHP, and Code Igniter, which all help the development process to become more efficient.

Step #2

The Application then connects with a Database (MySQL, SQL, or Access) that was previously created on a Server, which contains all of the information for a site.

*MySQL and SQL (Structured Query Language) are database management systems that are used frequently in the Web Design industry and are compatible with most major operating systems.

Step #3

The Application, Database, and Server all work together to find, change, or save data and then send back the information to the user requesting it on the webpage.

*A back-end developer’s primary job duties are to create and manage the technologies that allows these elements to work together to enable users to view the front end of a site.

Relating back to the restaurant analogy, a customer sitting down at a table deciding what to order, asks the waitress about what’s on the specialty menu for the night (similar to requesting info through an Application). In this case, the waitress doesn’t know and has to ask the cook in the kitchen (just like a Database searching for information kept on a Server). Once the cook (Server) responds back to the waitress (Database), she then returns to the customer (person using the Application) and explains what is being served that night.

The Web Design Associate Degree program at Laurus College can help you gain a better understanding of what it takes to create successful websites.

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If you enjoyed this 4 Part series on Elements of Web Design and want to learn more about how to become a Web Designer, Front-End Developer, or Back-End Developer, contact Laurus College today at (805)-267-1690 or email [email protected].

Victor Kernes is the Marketing Coordinator for Laurus College. You can reach him through email: [email protected] or call (805)-267-1690.