4 Things Aspiring Web Developers Should Consider

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Web development is a noble career, though one that requires proper preparation in order to be successful. 

From education to understanding why web development matters and how it affects all users, these are the tips you’ll want to focus on before you jump into that new career. 

These may also be helpful to understanding if the career path is right for you in the long haul. 

What Is Web Development? 

Web developers do an all-encompassing job that falls under the web development umbrella. Luckily it’s easy to understand. As the name suggests, the term oversees the development of a website or page. 

Within that job description are things like design, engineering, scrips, security configuration, and more. Yes, a web developer can be concerned with the design of the site, but usually, that aspect falls behind the overall functionality of the site. 

That can also mean staying on top of things like bugs or issues that arise and working to fix them accordingly. 

  1. The Coding Knowledge Needed

Coding is something that you’ll need to know in order to become a successful web developers. While it doesn’t need to be through a school (more on that below), it does need to be proficient. 

Web developers often use languages like HTML, CSS, or even JavaScript to help round out their sites and build something from the bottom up. 

Sure, some web positions, more specifically web designers, are able to rely on the front end to build a site, but developers play a much more crucial role in combining design and functionality. 

Thus, it’s important that any hopeful web developer understand coding in one sense or another. How fluent you are will determine your ability to have a successful career. 

  1. Your Education

Many web developing companies will look for candidates with a minimum amount of experience or education. For entry-level developers, that makes education the easiest method forward. 

However, just because you have an education does not ensure a job, and not having an education doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not going to find a position that works for you. 

Because coding is so popular right now, you’re likely to find placement much quicker than peers who have degrees in much more abstract subjects. Though it requires an initial investment, some will find a return of over $70,000 in annual salary

  1. How Stressful It Can Be

Unfortunately, web development is not the most easy-going career choice out there. Oftentimes, people in the profession are met with short deadlines and subjected to rigorous deadlines, plus constant problem-solving. 

When considering a web design as a career path, don’t just think of how it will be according to the basic job description. Also consider all the ways your specific employer, the nature of your work, and more can be impacted. 

Much like many other web-based careers, you’ll need to work well under pressure and be able to work through any snags efficiently. On the bright side, the tech industry is one of the best work-from-home industries out there! You’ll have the potential to work hard from the comfort of your own couch. 

  1. Why Web Design Is So Important

Being a web designer is not just a matter of being able to do something. Excellent web designers will understand that a major part of web design is the “why.” 

Why is web design important? How does it affect people – good and bad? With those questions in mind, you can learn to be a better web designer that works to fix common problems and stay true to those base questions. 

If you’re not sure exactly why web design is crucial, it can be helpful to take some time to research and understand it further. While you may learn a lot through the school itself, reading up on the topic can be helpful. 

You may find important information like how web design affects people with accessibility issues or can mean the difference between comprehending the information on your website. Any aspiring web designer will want to know this information and use it as a guide for their preparations. 


Becoming a web developer requires a straight path forward as well as a great deal of patience. You’ll need to understand both the ways that you can help the industry and the ways that the industry may help or hurt you. Be sure to do proper research to ensure that whatever you decide, you’ve made it with a wealth of knowledge on your side. 


About jordonsmith smith

I am david warner games journalist with 15 years' experience, beginning my career on Edge magazine before working for a wide range of outlets, including Ars Technica, Eurogamer, GamesRadar Gamespot, the Guardian, IGN, the New Statesman, Polygon, and Vice. I was the editor of Kotaku UK, the UK arm of Kotaku, for three years before joining PC Gamer.

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