Web Developers

You’re looking at a web developer’s work right now

Webpages are created by combining lines of code which describe how the page should look and behave on a wide variety of web-enabled devices. Websites are in turn built by linking these pages together.

In the VPFO the Communications & Engagement team build and maintain a lot of our websites, but for large or complex projects we use the services of a web developer or web agency.

What do web developers do?

Web developers are masters of code. They use coding language, of which there are many, to create and organize the pages of a website. Although software now exists that reduces the need for code language fluency, it’s still important for web developers to understand what is going on “under the hood”.

The role of a web developer is similar to that of a videographer in the sense that it can encompass many different disciplines; the roles involved in a full-scale professional web project can include:

  • Coders
  • UX (User experience) professionals
  • Copywriters
  • Interactive designers
  • Information architects
  • Etc.

The objective of a web project can be compared to that of a writer; presenting information in a clear and understandable way.

What don’t web developers do?

When engaging a web developer it’s important that they are provided with all the information they need to populate the various web pages they will create. It is not their responsibility to come up with the content that sits on those pages, that falls responsibility sits with the subject matter experts (you!).

How do I hire a web developer?

VPFO Communications & Engagement maintain the VPFOs various websites, and may be able to help with creating new web content, but for large or complex projects we may need to bring in external support. Please reach out to your Communications Leader and they will help you identify the professionals you need and connect you with one of our approved vendors.

Resources

Learn more about UBC’s approach to websites, including links to other web resources at UBC.
Web on the UBC Brand website.
Learn more about UBC’s Common Look and Feel (CLF) model and templates.
UBC CLF website.