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Career Mistakes

Career Mistakes

We all make mistakes every day, from dropping our toast butter-side down to forgetting our keys in the car. That said, when it comes to our career, mistakes can literally be suicide. Learning from others who have made mistakes will allow you to avoid them, bettering your professionalism. This article will show you some common web design errors which you should avoid at all costs.

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Don’t force users to register to get to the information they require. For example, Instructables has many free how-tos on their site which are available to anyone. That said, if you want to actually download the PDF file of the information, you have to register (and, in this case, pay for the privilege.) Registration should offer a bonus, such as all the information in a single, easy to print file. It should not be required to access general content on your website, otherwise people won’t bother going to your site at all.

Bullet Points

Normal text should never, ever, EVER have an underline! Otherwise, your reader will keep trying to click it and nothing will happen. Underlines should be reserved for links or, as infrequently as possible, headings. Colored text should also be avoided as even text without an underline may be thought to be a link. Don’t confuse your reader by offering them text they think should be a link but isn’t or they will find your site hard to navigate and move on to your competition. >

The longer the page, the less likely I am to read it all. If you can, condense your content into a quick to read blurb of text. Include bullet points or lists to break it up into easily digested facts and figures. You can even create an infographic to put ten thousand words into a single picture. If you must, break up the content into multiple pages so that the reader isn’t scrolling down, down, down for what seems like an eternity.

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Butter Side

People tend not to want to make choices when it comes to the version of your website they visit. Instead of offering them a landing page which asks them if they want the high or low bandwidth site, Flash or HTML, fast or slow loading, just figure it out for them. Create scripts which detect their platform and feed them the site which best fits their needs. For example, a desktop computer is likely to be able to handle your high bandwidth site. A mobile phone, on the other hand, needs a text-based site which is quick to load.

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Now that you know what these errors are, it shouldn’t be hard for you to avoid them. We’ve also provided you with answers to how you should actually face the situation, so use that advice as often as possible. The more that you work on becoming a better web designer, the more successful you will be. Keep reading articles just like this one to learn all about what you should do and not do when it comes to great design.

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    • CJ
    • December 6, 2013
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    What Is The Best Web Design Book To Learn From? If the answer is multiple then list the best ones you know. I’m not looking to learn quick, and I know how “easy” it is to learn from the internet but I am a lot more comfortable learning from a text book and plan on putting my heart and soul into this. I’m currently majoring in web design and kinda want my own bible of webdesign to reference. I’m looking for anything that explains dhtml or the general design rules of websites. Thank everyone in advance! I truly appreciate it.

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      The “for dummies” are normally good books for starting off, try web design for dummies

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    • Benboy_7777
    • December 10, 2013
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    What Is The Difference Between Web Design, Web Development, And Computer Programming? What is the difference between Web Design, Web Development, and Computer Programming?

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      • Admin
      • December 10, 2013
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      Web design is where you make a page on the internet to look the way you want it to look.Usually by using HTML Coding which is very tricky.So you might want to study up on it before you try to design a website
      Web development is the growth and creation of web sites and other web functions. The advancements and new inventions made throughout the web, or internet, is considered web development.
      Computer Programming is a way of creating computer programs. There are different languages which can be sorted basically into two different groups: High Level, or those that are almost English, and Low Level, which are machine code, and may not resemble English. Computer programming is often called “coding”. It is the adaptation of a computer language (code) as instructions that the computer can read and follow.

      An example of Programming language follows:
      Dim starsign1 As String Dim prediction As String
      Private Sub cmdcalculate_Click() Call getvalue Call calculate Call display End Sub
      Sub getvalue() starsign1 = lststarsign.Text End Sub

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    • Jody
    • December 17, 2013
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    What Are Some Good Books For A Print Designer Looking To Move To Web Design? I am a 15+ year veteran of print design. I dabbled in some web design and simple HTML programming, GoLive, etc. in the past; however, between having on-site programmers and transitioning to a position with no web design opportunities, the technology has eclipsed me. I am looking to delve back into web design & programming on a freelance basis and I am wondering if there are any good books out there to get me started. Anything from design fundamentals to basics of programming would be fantastic.

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      • Admin
      • December 17, 2013
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      I would recommend checking out the books available at sitepoint ( http://sitepoint.com ) – they have a lot of good resources available for web design. If you’re also looking to showcase your skill you might want to try getting a certification in web design. logiczap ( http://logiczap.com ) provides certifications in html, css and php. Whatever route you choose I wish you good luck!

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    • Carl A
    • January 2, 2014
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    Where Can I Take An Online Class In Web Design? Where can I take an online class in web design? It can be from a college I guess, like a certificate class or something… I have to do it all online though. Where can I do this?

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      Hi Carl,

      There are lots of different places you can take online classes in web design. Its good to browse around the web and see what you can find. There are some websites which allow you to find courses in a particular subject area.

      However, it is important to remember to find out who accredits the courses you are looking at; you do not want to spend several hundred pounds completing a course and then discovering that employers do not value the qualification you have earned.

      For example, I typed in “home learning” into google and several options came up. One is Home Learning College which offers web design courses in software such as Adobe Dreamweaver and Flash, and it can all be completed online.

      Have a search and see what you can find. Good luck!

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    • Stephen
    • February 4, 2014
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    Is There A Need For Web Design In The Future? I need help with some questions?
    1. is there a need for web design in the future
    2. When was web design first invented?
    3. Do you see a need for this job in the future?

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      Web design is a fairly young profession, although it has links back to the start of the web in 1989 it really started to take off in the late 90’s and has accelerated with popularity ever since in line with the popularity and growth of the internet, in particularly e-commerce.

      Yes there is a good future for the web design industry is healthy and growing, new jobs are being added, but web design is also evolving and as with all technology professions you will need to keep up to speed or your skills with become obsolete.

      The population is growing, meaning that the internet population is growing, meaning that the number of people wanting websites is growing and will continue to do to.

      Potential threats come from companies that offer templates for customers to create their own sites, but as a professional you will always be able to do a better, more professional job, plus so many people are technophobes and simply do not have the time, confidence nor desire to create their own site, so they will use a designer.

      You can also offer add on services such as SEO, hosting, site analysis, social media marketing, content management & website maintenance.

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    • T.T
    • February 10, 2014
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    Graphic Design Vs Web Design Vs? I would like to persue a career in graphics or web design with more emphesis on the creative aspect but not sure really what the difference is any suggestions ??

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      • Admin
      • February 10, 2014
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      Web Design is just Graphics Design, but with web pages. Generally the principles are the same – the rule of thirds, golden ratios, whitespace and all your basic graphics design principles still apply – but web design has a little more focus on computer-friendly colours, sizes and layouts; and more consideration for capturing and maintaining audiences.

      And of course there’s the HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) topic (encompassing page structure and navigation as well), which is almost a whole field of its own.

      Web Design has absolutely NOTHING to do with coding, hosting, purchasing domains etc, even though some people call that “web design” it is actually Web Development (and possibly Website Administration).

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    • Worst
    • February 18, 2014
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    Web Designing For Career? Hi,
    I am Elbee, i’m 17 and looking forward to go for web designing as my career option in the future.
    Can someone please tell me whether it is a good career option ?
    I mean, can a web designer earn a good living for himself ?

    And one more thing that i wanted to ask was,
    There are various computer institutes teaching people HTML,XHTML,Flash etc here in India. After their students graduate, it is these computer institutes only who fetch clients and jobs for them.

    But i have learnt all this stuff all alone, so u think i will be able to attract clients if my skills are worth it?
    And can some1 please suggest some good ways to spread the name too ?

    A professional advise would be more helpful and also if you are an Indian, you will be able to better understand me…

    But still i would also like to knw what do the people overseas think about this ?

    And how can i attract international clients and deal with ppl overseas ?

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      • Admin
      • February 18, 2014
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      Web design is a wonderful career choice, and you can earn a good living from this career if you can build up a good amount of clients or get into a well established company.

      Just as you, I taught myself web design and it took me years to build up my skills and attract attention from various individuals before I started to make a decent living from it. However, I only consider is as a side job, since most employers in my area will only hire someone who has had formal experience through college or university. To get your name out, post flyers, or put ads in your local newspaper our on web communities. Show others your work and go from there. I wish you the best of luck in your journey!

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    • My name is MJ Beatch!
    • February 24, 2014
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    Is There A College For Web Design In PSD But No Programming? I want to attend an online college for Web design ONLY, meaning just the Photoshop part of it , not Programming or at least no programming beyond HTML. Programming jobs are monotonous because one agency wants joombla, css, ajax, whatever, I can’t remember all that. I don’t want to do nor really learn the programming part and there are lots of jobs out there that will pay you good money just to DESIGN PSD, NOT code! even if it’s just an associates degree, does anyone know of an online college, New Horizons? it must be accredited.Thanks.

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      • Admin
      • February 24, 2014
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      Web design requires at least HTML and css since css is how most of the design is layed out if u mean just draw what website should look like think ur more thinking of a illustrator (Work pretty much non existent) ,

      in this day and age Web design basicly means HTML5 , javascript and css must usually you are also expected to know how the servers works and write basic back end stuff depending on the size of project you may be expected to do it all you dont hire a separate server scripter to write a basic email script and few update time labels in phpjava.netruby the other half dozen on + side you dont need know um all basics of 2 or 3 usally enough very few servers on earth that dont allow all to behonest so you can just take ur pick of 1 your most comfortable with the reason why you need to know since if you don’t know how the back end works how can you design the web pages if you dont know its limitations

      bk to non script bit
      for example a job to design a 15 page website working with a few simple scripts would be about ?500-?1000 depending on what you wanted deadline 3-4 days , to draw 15 pages deadline 6 hours ?40 in my experience. you wont make much for the layout and majority of people that want websites have roughly 80% mapped out in there head what they want it to look like etc so why pay some one to draw it and another person to make it, u may make money from actual design off banners and logo’s for web pages but like i said there illustrators dont have WEB anywhere in there name

      http://www.sessions.edu/certificate-programs/digital-arts
      is a paid course does photo shop illustrator and many others and Accredited online design school
      note it says digital arts not web
      there web design course requires
      “ourse topics in the Professional Certificate program include coding in HTML5 and CSS3, developing Web sites with Adobe Dreamweaver, creating Web site mood boards, designing Web graphics, and building interactivity with JavaScript and jQuery. Advanced Certificate students take these skills to the next level with advanced Web courses, Flash design, or other concentrations with topics in ActionScript 3.0, e-commerce design, Internet marketing, and more.”

      like i said if you dont no css html and javascript your not a web designer your a illustrator

      on + side tho means you can draw logo’s banners etc for websites but also do drawings for games tv shows newspapers magazines etc your not limited to websites which is a good thing

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    • John
    • February 24, 2014
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    How Can I Improve The Ecommerce Web Design? I have a small business of grocery and i need to add the web design of my website. Not yet received any trusted webdesign. So please help me for that. Thanks you.

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      • Admin
      • February 24, 2014
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      Hi,

      I know one web design company which is providing its best web design services all over the world.

      Zinavo Technologies is a Leading Web Design company which is headquartered in Bangalore,the Silicon Valley of India.Zinavo has a team of professional engineers to mix up the power of creativity with your business that communicate,brand and leads to conversion. We endow with next-generation tools for enterprise business.Our main focus is on creative good looking designs and fast loading websites.Our website designers and developers are highly talented and proficient in their domain technologies. Choose us to get high performance custom web applications and screw solutions for maximum business efficiency.Please visit our portfolio here http://www.zinavo-demo.com

      Here you can get the web design services according to your needs. You can send the your requirements to
      info@zinavo.com
      Phone- 080-32323100

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    • B
    • March 2, 2014
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    Web Design Or Museum/Archival Management? Hey everyone. I was wondering if you could help me out.
    I am just finishing up my university undergrad in Art History at the University of Guelph. I decided it would probably be a good thing if I took a college program, but I’m stuck on what program to take in the fall. It is a choice between Web Design at Fanshawe or Museum and Archival management at Fleming. Fleming is 4 hours away from home, which I’m not entirely comfortable with, plus I’m not too sure if I’ll even be able to find a job when I finish the course. I’ve been dabbling in web design since I was about 13, and in the 2 short classes I took at Guelph (Photoshop and Illustrator) I earned my highest marks ever.
    I’m just wondering what path would you recommend. Is it just as hard to get into the Web Design industry as it is Museum management? what do you think would be the best to pursue??
    Any feedback would be highly appreciated!

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      WEB DESIGN!!!

      Good income something like 50k-100k

      Alot of job opportunity’s: Online business is increasing rapidly and is predicted to increase which means more work for web designers

      Own your own business or do freelance: You have the choice

      Design flash websites and get heaps of money: Self explanatory

      Cross over to graphic design or other design media: The design industry is huge.

      But just remember theres a difference between web design and design

      web designers use dreamweaver and flash not really photoshop and illustrator so maybe take a design course and broaden your horizons and then youll have a much more informed choice of which design you would like to make a career out of

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    • Kk
    • March 26, 2014
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    Web Design ? What exactly is web design and how much does it pay? Also how do you go about getting in this sort of work?

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      Web-Design is a term used in reference to the design, build, and testing of a website. That means anything from simple html and graphics to a full e-commerce website like verizon.com, or even sites like google and wikipedia.

      It usually involves several steps:
      1. Site Plan
      – a detailed workout of each page, what it does, and how they all link together.
      2. Graphic Design
      – apearance and layout of the site
      3. Data-Design
      – design and build of the data-structures, usually complex databases like SQL.
      4. Programming.
      – building the behind the scenes code (usually ASP, or Perl, or some such.)
      5. Testing
      6. Go Live and fix the bugs.

      Getting into a job doing the layout and graphic design will require a good knowledge of Graphic Design, HTML, and CSS. will probably start at around 26k – 32k a year.

      Doing the programming requires either a Bachelors in CS, and some experience, OR alot of experience in web-coding. WIll usually pay between 36k – 50k a year depending on how good you are. (that means fast, effiecient, bug-free coding)

      Doing the Data-Design requires some classes and at least a certification as a DBA (data-base administrator), with some schooling and experience under you belt, you can make as much as 60 -80k.

      In the end, all lof these jobs have to be able to work iwth and understand each of the others, so knowledge and experience with all aspects of web-design will make you more useful and valuable.

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    • Benboy_7777
    • April 1, 2014
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    What Is The Difference Between Web Design, Web Development, And Computer Programming? What is the difference between Web Design, Web Development, and Computer Programming?

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      Web design is where you make a page on the internet to look the way you want it to look.Usually by using HTML Coding which is very tricky.So you might want to study up on it before you try to design a website
      Web development is the growth and creation of web sites and other web functions. The advancements and new inventions made throughout the web, or internet, is considered web development.
      Computer Programming is a way of creating computer programs. There are different languages which can be sorted basically into two different groups: High Level, or those that are almost English, and Low Level, which are machine code, and may not resemble English. Computer programming is often called “coding”. It is the adaptation of a computer language (code) as instructions that the computer can read and follow.

      An example of Programming language follows:
      Dim starsign1 As String Dim prediction As String
      Private Sub cmdcalculate_Click() Call getvalue Call calculate Call display End Sub
      Sub getvalue() starsign1 = lststarsign.Text End Sub

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    • Anonymous
    • April 9, 2014
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    Careers In Web Design? I’m a 15 year old student and I want a career in web design. Currently I’m studying a OCR national certificate (I think) which is the equivalent to 4 GCSE’s and currently we’re using Dreamweaver.

    What courses should I take at college to further my knowledge on web design?
    Would going to university be a good idea if I want a career in web design?
    How do professionals create websites, do they design them in PhotoShop and then carry them over and edit from there or do they completely code from scratch?

    Thanks ?

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      Going to school for Web Design can’t hurt, but it’s not “required”. You can absolutely learn this stuff on your own, but it’s good to know someone who knows this stuff and would be willing to help you through those times when you get stuck or confused about something.

      If you decide to go the school route — Be careful because some schools teach outdated or not recommended methods — like using tables and/or AP divs alone for layouts. You want to ask those kinds of questions before you sign anything. Ask to see samples of web pages that other students created — then look at the source code to see if they’re using tables and ap divs for their layout. If so, run! You’ll learn much better methods elsewhere or on your own.

      So if you do decide to take the school route, they’ll provide you with the courses you’ll need towards your degree or certificate program. Try to take a certificate or degree program that teaches interactive media web design — that’s the direction you need to head towards. Video, audio, database, CMS, JavaScript, PHP, is the knowledge you’ll need if you want to compete with other Web Designers, and/or to put yourself ahead of others.

      As for the method that web designers use… Photoshop or code from scratch… they do both — Photoshop doesn’t provide the code for you (well not good code anyway). What photoshop does is allow you allow you to create an image representation of a web page layout (Fireworks is geared more for web design layouts actually, but many still use Photoshop to do it).

      Then you slice of the parts of your Photoshop image that you need for the actual web site imagery (the logo, header image, menu/nav buttons, and any other imagery you need for your web pages), and you leave out say the textual content (welcome message, product/service descriptions, etc…) as that can and should be made through (X)HTML code.

      For the actual layout and color they use a combination of DIVs and CSS and (X)HTML HTML5 to link to the images you created in Photoshop (as I’m sure you’re finding out in Dreamweaver). Some prefer to hand-code from scratch only, others use web design program “tools” (like you find in Dreamweaver) and a combination of hand-coding.

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    • Babyy u aint shyyyt
    • April 15, 2014
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    Web Design & Printing? Im in high school and i wanna know what web designing & printing is cuz its a class and im not 100% sure what you’d do in it.. can someone explain it and tell me like what kinds of projects you might do in it? and what the hell is printing? i dont think that means printing a piece of paper out of the printer..?

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      Web design is what it sounds like. You’ll learn design for websites on the internet.

      Printing would be designing marketing materials, advertising or anything else that would get printed.

      If you like to draw or think you can put together something cool that is visibly appealing, this would be a fun class. You can design different ideas that would help sell something. Maybe a product you use, a company you like, an idea, etc. “A picture says a 1000 words” or something like that. You get to make that picture.

      I’ve been doing it for over 20 years. Started in high school 10th grade. Have thousands of customers. Each job is different. Meet cool people, companies and events. Never get bored.

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    • Anonymous
    • April 23, 2014
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    How Can I Improve The Ecommerce Web Design? I have a small business of grocery and i need to add the web design of my website. Not yet received any trusted webdesign. So please help me for that. Thanks you.

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      Hi,

      I know one web design company which is providing its best web design services all over the world.

      Zinavo Technologies is a Leading Web Design company which is headquartered in Bangalore,the Silicon Valley of India.Zinavo has a team of professional engineers to mix up the power of creativity with your business that communicate,brand and leads to conversion. We endow with next-generation tools for enterprise business.Our main focus is on creative good looking designs and fast loading websites.Our website designers and developers are highly talented and proficient in their domain technologies. Choose us to get high performance custom web applications and screw solutions for maximum business efficiency.Please visit our portfolio here http://www.zinavo-demo.com

      Here you can get the web design services according to your needs. You can send the your requirements to
      info@zinavo.com
      Phone- 080-32323100

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    • Kharafi_m
    • May 10, 2014
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    What’s The Relation Between Web Design And Graphic Design? I also need to know the relation between web design and IT (information technology)

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      Web design is a kind of graphic design. User Interface (UI) design is one of the many considerations of software development.

      Thus, Web design is a type of UI design, and UI design is a step in software development, and software development is a part of IT.

      So, Web design is IT, but not all IT is Web design; and Web design is UI design, but not all UI design is Web design; and Web design is software development, but not all software development is Web design.

      The same way that people are mammals but not all mammals are people; people are animals but not all animals are people, and people are living things but not all living things are people.

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