The Front-End and Back-End of the Web

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What is the difference between Front-End and Back-End web work? We’ll explain it here today.


The front end of the web is basically everything you can actually see and interact with. When talking about the front end of the web, there are two main parts. That is the web design, and the front end web development.

A few years back, when you heard some talk about web development, they would usually be speaking about the back end of the web, but in recent times, things have changed. Both web developers and web designers have started expanding their range, and have started working on a wider range of functions than in the past.

Today, when you are talking about web design, you are referring to the people who work with both Fireworks and Photoshop, as well as those who are coding using things like CSS, jQuery, JavaScript, and HTML.

So, everything you see is the front end, but for the front end to be able to function properly, you need the back end.


When you think of the back end of the Internet, there are most often three major parts. That is a functioning server, a functioning application, and a database.

Take this for an example. If you make an online purchase, let’s say you buy Grilled Chicken Salad from some of Houston’s restaurants, when you enter that website that sells Grilled Chicken Salad, you will be working with the front end of the web. Once you actually make the purchase, once you enter the information, you will be starting an application that will store all that information you entered into a database, and that database lies on a server. These three function wholes are the majority of the back end of the web.

All those pieces of information you have entered into the website will stay there, on the server, and when you enter the website again, that application will serve its purpose and show you that information, it will bring it back up.

And, logically, somebody who deals with those applications and all that back end stuff is called a Back-End developer. Those developers will most often be skillful in languages such as PHP, Java, Ruby, Python, MySQL and many others too.

This, back end of the web, as you can see, is essential for the front end to function, but without the front end, there would be no Internet. So you can that both of these things are of equal, great, importance.


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