Web consultant, web developer, tomayto, tomahto, right? Wrong! These two professions sound similar to those of us who may not know the first thing about website coding, but they are actually very different.
Imagine if you had to get knee surgery done. Would you just go in for the surgery without consulting with a doctor about what’s wrong with your knee and what the plan of action is? Probably not. The same goes for web consultants and web developers.
We are going to delve further into what the difference is between the two professions and how knowing which one to hire can help you optimize your business success.
So, what exactly is the difference between a web developer and a web consultant? To put it simply:A web developer builds websites from the ground up according to the client’s specifications. A web consultant helps the client establish a vision and strategy for their online presence.
A consultant usually has the coding skills of a developer. However, their main objective is to help their clients find a solution. When you hire a website developer, you are essentially telling them what you want them to do for you and your business. And that’s not necessarily a good thing.
Odds are you don’t really know the specific strategies or what your online presence needs to succeed. And that means the website developer probably can’t help your business in the long run. But a professional website consultant can.
So, how do you know if you are in need of a web developer or a web consultant? Take a look at their individual specialties and areas of expertise:
If we are sticking to our analogy of the knee surgery, think of a web developer as one of the assisting nurses involved in carrying out the planned surgery. They are skilled professionals and know the technical stuff in and out. But rarely are nurses the ones calling the shots before the surgery as to how the team will proceed in fixing your knee and what the plan will be. That would be the job of your doctor or the head surgeon on the case.
A web consultant, on the other hand, does call the shots and will advise against client opinions if necessary. Their main goal is to develop a plan, as opposed to a web developer whose primary focus is writing codes to support the plan.
A web consultant in this situation is the head of surgery: the person calling the shots and devising the plan based off of strategies and what he or she feels will produce the best long-term results for the client.
A web developer follows instructions and client specifications. A web consultant creates the instructions and considers the client’s business success at all times.
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