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If you use the internet on a fairly regular basis it’s pretty likely you’ve come across advertisements claiming you can learn to code in a matter of weeks, and if you’re thinking about trying your hand at web development and building your own site it can be tempting. Whilst becoming adept in the likes of CSS, Javascript and HTML might be achievable for some, most of us would find it a struggle to catch even the basics.


The world of technology and web development changes so much that people in the profession are regularly refreshing their skills to stay ahead of the game (never underestimate the work, hours and patience it requires to become a web developer!). If you struggle to have even a basic knowledge of what web development is or what developers do, it can seem a near on impossible task to find the right one for you, but Pixel Puppet can help.


Think of one of your favourite websites and why you love it. The way it looks is probably fairly high up on the agenda, but the work of a web designer is only one part of what it takes to bring a website to life, often it’s the parts you can’t see that have some of the biggest impact.


A web developer knows everything there is to know about building a website from scratch, they are essentially programmers who solve your problems by custom-building code for your needs. The web developers of the world really do make things happen when it comes to building a website, from the layout of the site to functions and features on each of the pages.


But the term web development is a fairly broad one, and the work of a web developer can range from the basics (debatable) of creating plain text pages right up to the building of some pretty complex web based applications.


What does a web developer do?


Web development is, in the simplest of terms, the task of building a website, app, game or other web-based platform from the ground up. Developers do this by learning a series of languages, as you would learn to speak the native tongue of another country. The difference here is that the languages of the web development world aren’t spoken, they’re written (or typed, to be more precise). In very simplistic terms, a large part of a web developers work is telling a computer what to do, in a language only a computer (and other developers) understand. The way in which each web developer goes about their day is of course slightly different, but their hard work generally falls into the following three categories:

  1. Client side scripting -  this is where web applications are built and executed in the browser. It is this that determines what clients see when they visit your website. This type of work is often assigned to a front-end developer who uses languages such as HTML, CSS and Javascript to give a better idea of what everything will look like at the end of the day.
  2. Server side scripting - this is the code that comes to life on a web server and is the main engine powering all of the behind-the-scenes activity; the mechanics of what makes a website work. This portion of work will often be assigned to a back-end developer and largely involves building a framework that permits the database held on a web server to talk to the end user’s browser. The languages a back-end developer use can include C, Java and PHP.
  3. Database technology - every website has a database, this is where all of its files, media, images, code, everything are stored. A good web developer will need to have a sound knowledge of the management systems, also known as relational database management systems (RDBMS), including Oracle and Microsoft SQL server to name just two.

Designer vs Developer


To build a good website, properly, both web designers and web developers need to have a certain level of crossover. A designer who knows at least some of the language (or code) a developer speaks can help them when it comes to communicating with the development team and producing more effective designs. Similarly a web developer who can appreciate the artistic direction of a designer can help them to write more effective code. Communication between the two teams is an absolute essential when it comes to meeting client expectations. If you can find a web design agency or project manager to work with who has both of these skill sets you’ll be on to a winner.


Hiring a Web Developer


When thinking about which type of web developer you need, it’s worth noting that they can be generalised into three types. Front-end developers (the client side people), back-end developers (the server side coders) and then there’s the ones who can do a bit of both and they are the full stack developers. But whether you’re looking to get a new responsive website, app or game here are a few key points to consider when looking at hiring web development help:

  • Identify a clear project scope, this will help the developer come up with an effective solution.

  • Be clear in the difference between what you need and what would be nice to have.

  • Ask to see examples of previous work to get an idea of their capabilities.

  • Consider logistics, would a local web developer make meetings easier?

  • Be a little bit open to change, the developer might think of things that could work better.

  • Set expectations and milestones, and get them in writing.

Here at Pixel Puppet we list some of the best web development agencies and freelancers in the UK. If you are a web development specialist and are based in the UK, please register your business on our directory. We personally approve all listings so that our directory is clean and only lists active and live businesses in the UK.

East Midlands Web Design Logo

We are a small and friendly web design company based in the Welland Valley area, so not far from either Market Harborough or Corby in the East Midlands.

Seaton Grange Offices
Grange Lane
LE15 9HT

PENNInk Productions Ltd Logo

At PENNInk Productions Ltd based in Middlesex, we help businesses get started on the web. We offer an array of services for our clients to showcase themselves in a professional manner through web design, graphic design, Internet marketing, social media management, and much more. Our goal is to make our company efficient and responsive.

27A Maxwell Road

Megademic Logo

Megademic is a digital marketing agency in Surrey that helps businesses, charities and startups achieve remarkable growth online.

Castle Court
41 London Road
Surrey RH2 9RJ

Visionary Media Digital Marketing Thornbury Logo

We are Visionary Media - a digital marketing agency in Bristol specialising in PPC advertising, SEO, web design and optimisation.
Our job is to create future proof, forward thinking ROI digital strategies that work for you.

19a St Mary St
St Mary Centre, Thornbury
BS35 2AB

GiveMeGraphics.Net Logo

GiveMeGraphics.Net is a small web design business operating in Cambridge. We design and develop websites featuring e-commerce, content management and other facilities.

Contact Details:
34 Carey Close,
Tel: 01353 967387

Quick Innovations Ltd Logo

Quick Innovations is a professional website design company in London.Our Web designer and developer are experts in webdesign at our London website design agency.
London based Web Design Services Company offers innovative Website Design and Development. We are specialised in creative Website Design Services in London,U.K

44, Skylines Village
Limeharbour, Canary Wharf
E14 9TS

Quick Innovations Ltd Logo

Quick Innovations is a professional website design company in London.Our Web designer and developer are experts in webdesign at our London website design agency.
London based Web Design Services Company offers innovative Website Design and Development. We are specialised in creative Website Design Services in London,U.K

44, Skylines Village
Limeharbour, Canary Wharf
E14 9TS

Nuttersons  Logo

Welcome to Nuttersons!
We are a creative agency located in the heart of Manchester. We specialise in creating websites that exceed our client’s expectations. We do this by making visually stunning websites that have a great online presence and provide your visitors with an unforgettable experience.

Our specialities lie in: Web Design, Advertising, Web development, Social Media, E-Commerce, UX Design, Graphic Design, Videography and Photography.

3-5 St John Street
M3 4DN

Smart little web Logo

We're a friendly web design team offering website design, build and hosting services in Hampshire. We provide responsive Web design in Hampshire at an affordable price point.

Smart Little Web
1-2 Stable Offices,
Main Road,
SO21 2JH

Five Plus Designs Logo

Affordable web design in the Isle of Man. We are an Isle of Man registered business specialising in web design and development for the Isle of Man.

Horizon Creative Media Ltd Logo

HORIZON CREATIVE MEDIA LTD design WordPress responsive websites that work on any device. We have been operating for over a year and have a proud reputation within the industry for the high level of design for each and every client website. We are based in Lancaster but provide our services throughout the UK.

5-6 Dalton Square

Free Web Design UK Logo

100% Free Web Design, Fully Responsive UPTO FIVE PAGES - Pay Only Hosting.

Specialising in Free Web Design, Hosting, Design, Search Engine Optimization and Social Media Marketing.

Address: Park Avenue House, Weston Coyney, Stoke-On-Trent, ST35HQ

Dancing Badger Ltd Logo

We are an Exeter based company situated in the prestigious Southernhay quarter. We specialise in responsive, mobile-first website design, website development, e-commerce, multi-channel selling (Amazon & eBay) and digital marketing.

Dancing Badger Limited,
Lower Ground Floor,
4-5 Southernhay West,

Blue Frontier Logo

Blue Frontier are a leading digital agency based in Salisbury, Wiltshire. We cover a wide range of services, from web and app design, to digital marketing services.

Blue Frontier
Unit 1,
The Woodford Centre,
Lysander Way,
Old Sarum

Stuntrocket Logo

Beautiful bespoke website design, development, marketing and SEO.

Design, development & digital marketing.

StuntRocket LTD
One Aire Street,
West Yorkshire,

Jacit Ltd Logo

A boutique web design and digital marketing agency based in Nottingham offering bespoke website and tailored digital marketing campaigns. we work with both small and large businesses throughout the uk and deliver industry leading website which engage users and increase sales.

Jacit Ltd,
Unit E1, West End Mills,
Leopold Street,
Long Eaton,
NG10 4QD

PureNet Logo


Great North Way
York Business Park
West Yorkshire
YO26 6RB

DevDogz Logo

Web design and development focussing on small charities, specifically animal and small businesses with very small budgets.

1 Metheringham Heath,

Diligence Digital Logo

Diligence Digital is a web design company that offers web design graphic design, brand identity, website maintenance and online marketing.

20 Wellington Square
East Sussex
TN34 1PB

We Are Panda Logo

Web Design in Weston Super Mare & Somerset.
We are a business partnership designed to help established businesses and start-ups of all shapes and sizes grow and fulfill their potential online. We focus on building bespoke websites to suit our client’s individual needs. We have worked with individuals, small and local businesses through to global companies. Some with simple information sites and others with complex e-commerce sites selling their products online and offline!

Sussex Designs Logo

We provide professional websites at affordable prices using our unique eSuite system to create fully updatable websites. Based in East Sussex.

Railview Lofts,
19C Commercial Road,
East Sussex,
BN21 3XE

Search Focus Logo

Freelance web design and SEO services for all small to medium sized business throughout the United Kingdom.

Address: 172 Wigan Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, Manchester, WN4 9ST

Tracey Rickard Web Design Logo

I am a freelance web designer and have been designing and building websites for over a decade. I create mobile friendly sites that please my clients and their visitors. I am a WordPress specialist and thoroughly enjoy working with the platform. My clients love it too because it is so easy for them to edit and manage their content.

The Mansley Business Centre,
Stratford Upon Avon,
CV37 9NQ

eCommerce Website Design Ltd Logo

With nine years of experience, eCommerce Website Design Ltd has been providing creative website design, SEO, development and brand design services in Birmingham and UK wide. Our expert, dedicated team are well versed in the design and development in everything from eCommerce websites to CMS (Content Management System) platforms. We are proud to offer a professional service to customers in order to fully meet their requirements and aspirations. If you want to establish an online presence or to make most of the online shop just call us - we can take your business to next level.

Flat 6, 29 Exeter Road
West Midlands
B29 6EX

Binamic is Slough based digital web agency provide bespoke web design and development services for any kind and size of individual and business wide clients. Binamic offers web services since 1997 with trust and great customer services