Web development is a broader term than a web designer. Since the very beginning of the World Wide Web people who combined Internet communications with hypertext were called web developers. In the early nineties HTML (hyper text markup language) was simple enough to have static web pages produced with it.
However increased demands to quality of web pages resulted in the invention of new technologies such as CSS and Flash animation that brought the web page development to a completely new level. Since then there have been distinguished web developers who were engaged in maintaining web servers, dealing with security issues and so on and web designers whose duties were to create distinctive designs for websites using the latest technologies. Some web developers are able to perform a lot of tasks such as actual coding of pages, graphical web design, programming, testing and web server configuration.
However usually web developers work in teams making separate duties to boost the effectiveness of the development. It depends on the scale of one or another company. Most often web developers are engaged in the non-design aspects of building websites such as coding or writing markup. Larger organizations can involve hundreds of web developers while smaller companies can manage only with one webmaster and include web designer. The field of web development is one of the most rapidly developing ones. For the last ten years it has been the fastest growing industry in the United States alone.
For instance there were near thousand web development companies in America while in 2005 over forty thousand web development companies were operational on the market. The web development industry is predicted to grow over twenty percent over the next five years. The growth of web development is promoted by large corporations which are willing to sell their products and services online increasing the amount of their clients.
Online business requires less financing and also it helps to automate business workflow to a greater extent. Since the mid of the nineties the cost of web development has reduced greatly and today even a small company can afford having a corporate website designed for a few hundred dollars. Today a lot of web programmers develop their own websites and host them on the Internet.
The cost of hosting has dramatically dropped in the past few years too and some hosting companies even provide additional disk space for free. Setting up web servers has never been easier. A web server runs special software that constructs an HTML page "on the fly" according to the user's request. Web servers support various scripting languages such as ASP, ColdFusion, JSP, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby and so on.
The client side is presented by a browser that is Java Script compliant. One of the most popular web browsers are Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera and some others. Web developers are demanded by the market of information technologies that is why choosing this occupation is a good choice.