Infographic: Professional web designers vs. amateur users

Ever wondered where all the money in web design goes? Perhaps you’d like to take a larger cut of it? Well this fantastic infographic from Webydo will help explain just where all that money gets spent, as well as where businesses are succeeding and failing.

Webydo is a fantastic website builder that enables designers to skip the development process, and design a website using an intuitive drag and drop interface instead. With Webydo taking up the strain on the development side, you’re free to task your energy, and your budget, to create a responsive website. Whether you start with a blank canvas, or pick one of Webydo’s templates, it’s the professional solution for designers who need to deliver everything from simple brochure sites to complex CMS or e-commerce solutions; but lack the budget, or inclination, to hire a developer.


[ This is a sponsored post for Webydo ]

Do you use Webydo? Where does your web design budget get spent? Let us know in the comments.

  • R

    Keep it classy, webdesignerdepot. I understand the need for sponsored articles, but this is just a way to make people think that developers are taking your money for something you can do.

    Bloated generated code is not the solution.

    • Arthur Brown Jr.

      I agree that professionals are the way to go. I know that DIY has come a long, long way but I still believe that the most effective way to communicate your company’s message is through the use of professional web development, that means a great graphic designer and a great coder.

    • Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

      What makes you think Webydo’s code is bloated? Have you tried it? I’d be interested to hear about your experience.

    • franzdk

      I agree. While these tools produce some sort of result, the quality is nowhere near what a professional developer puts out. Plus, the advice and flexibility that comes with a custom design is worth every penny.

    • Webydo

      Webydo was created to help the professional designer and to provide them with a platform that is specific to their creative needs.

      Webydo’s code-generator is W3C validated, and we are always taking feed back from the community in order to constantly be updating our standards. ~CID

      • phil

        ‘W3C validated’ does equate to good. You *could* build with tables and have valid code.

      • phil

        I meant ‘does not equate to good code’ – sorry!

      • ADev

        lol, you can tell this was a Sales guy or social media person that made this comment. So buzzword of you “W3C”.

  • Nicole

    Businesses still pay for designers and developers separately? I have only seen them want the all-in-one package.

    • michael maxwell

      If you (a hiring company or person) really finds a designer who can code, pay them a lot of money. I don’t think people really understand how difficult it is to not only be able to do both the DEV and Design, but to do both at a professional level. I can understand the need for a tool like Webydo from a cost / quickness perspective. People always want to save a buck, hence why they want to hire the Unicorn ( the Designer / Coder ).

  • Manuel

    Webydo seems to be a good idea, but why should designers build a website like this while everybody is getting ready for responsive webdesign? The whole process of creating a website changed in the last few years and just creating a design with Photoshop seems for me as a wrong way to these changes. Don’t get me wrong, because I also designed everything in Photoshop 2 years before, but the current aspects of being a designers just changed for the web with all these different models of screen resolutions.

    • Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

      Not everyone is. There are still some people who prefer platform targeted solutions.

    • Webydo

      Webydo actually allows professional designers to create responsive websites for their clients ;) ~CID

  • billie

    This is like the billionth infographic/illustration I’ve seen that depicts the difference between developers/designers where the artist assumes they are all male. Women web designers & developers exist. Stop making us invisible!

    • James

      I’m pretty sure the developer is female. Don’t discriminate against her just because she doesn’t fit the classical stereotype of beauty

  • Benedict Forrest

    As a designer I have built several website in Drupal and I have a best mate who is a Developer and we both dislike WordPress. So obviously this infographic isn’t a 100% correct, but it’s not supposed to be, it’s general because that’s easier and funnier to do.

    • Webydo

      Thanks for sharing and at the end of the day, it is personal preference for what is most comfortable to work with, while this infographic is portraying industry statistics. ~CID

      • Benedict Forrest

        Yeeeeeeeeeah but I don’t think “Designer are afraid of Developers” is a statistically sound statement.

      • Webydo

        Hi Benedict, we would have to agree with you but this was part of a large scale survey of professional designers, and this was one of their responses.

  • Pavel 2Nine Antolík

    No graphic designer should be afraid of coding!

    (And btw why is Webnode missing in listing of the “DIY” web solutions?)

  • Rodrigo

    Embarrassing post Depot. This kind of post is offensive to the whole industry and you guys should pick your publi-posts better. Nothing worst than insult your own tribe you know? Back to content strategy 101, please?

    Imho, if the only code you or your company can deliver is the one created in MU, Wix, or Webydo, you shouldn’t “code” at all. Stop at the design phase, because otherwise you are clearly hindering yours or your client’s project. Let’s face it those platforms are nothing more than toys.

    • Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

      Not sure why you would think that. It’s a sponsored post that promotes a service.

      If you’re offended by the quality of the code Webydo produces then it’s up to you to provide a better service for less.

      A lot of designers choose to use services like Webydo’s and we try to cover the whole industry, not just a narrow clique.

      • R

        Benjie, I know that it is your job to protect the interests of WDD, but posts like this are targeted to “my nephew who has a cool computer and can make you a website really cheap”.

        I would be emberassed to sell to any of my clients a website that was exported in a software.

        Photoshop CC has also the option to generate you CSS for your designs. Does anyone use that feature? It`s just positioning absolute everything.

        There are certain parts that are meant to work in a certain way. And this sponsored post does not belong in a blog for professional web-designers / web-devs.

      • Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

        You know what Rodrigo? As scary as it might sound, the vast majority of web designers started out as someone’s nephew with a cheap computer, willing to work for free.

        No one’s debating that the *best* code is hand-coded by an experienced developer, but when a client has a budget of $150 what’s the designer supposed to do? Make a loss? Refuse the job?

        Yes of course I’d like to see designers coding themselves (it’s not rocket science), and yes of course I’d like to see companies with realistic budgets so that developers are affordable. But WYSIWYG editors are a fact of the industry, they’ve been with us for a long time, and they’re not going anywhere. The very fact that companies like Webydo exist demonstrates market demand.

      • R

        Hey Benjie. My name is not Rodrigo, but eh, I signed with R so I guess you are right with that.

        I, too, started as someone`s nephew, I don`t argue with that. I too used WYSIWYG software and had no idea what I was doing and called myself a web-dev. Tools like Webydo should exist, and they are cool for beginners, but promoting them on a blog for professionals is like selling an auto-pilot car to a race driver.

      • Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

        Ah, apologies I assumed it was Rodrigo as he started the comment.

        The bottom line is that whilst Webydo may not be of interest to everyone, it’s clearly of interest to a lot of people. Which is why it’s worth covering.

      • Webydo

        Many designers are at the hands of a developer, and often times find them selves pigeon holed when working on a website project. If there is an option or solution for these people to be able to work entirely independently from the beginning designs, to publishing and management, why not?

        Webydo aims to help these designers by providing them with a platform for both professionals and other designers to work with, helping give more emphasis and focus on the design. ~CID

  • Rodrigo

    WordPress is a great framework and very complex but those DIY “frameworks” are nothing more than toys IMO. Nothing can beat a finely tuned designer/developer combo.

    • Adrian Crepaz

      WordPress is anything but a great and complex framework.
      It’s the exact opposite.

      The code (at a PHP level), is terrible. WordPress developers, and other capable developers acknowledge this.

      The latest version, 3, came out about 3 1/2 years ago, and it doesn’t use any “modern techniques”, or best practices regarded by experienced developers.

      A CMS’s popularity doesn’t automatically mean it’s well thought out code, and built well.

      Unfortunately, it’s got to a stage where there is so many plugins and themes out there, that a complete rewrite really wouldn’t be viable.

      But let’s put this aside, it wasn’t the original point I was making.
      Sometimes our project specs specifically note to avoid open-source systems, sometimes they lack performance & documentation for an enterprise/business critical system.

      WordPress shouldn’t be used a base framework for all projects, there are still developers out there who need to build from scratch.

      • Sarah Evans

        I agree with you. For me WP lands in both areas. Depending on how it’s used. I still prefer hand-coded or a CMS that puts the markup first (like Perch) over WP

  • Rodrigo

    Agreed. But never put Wix and WP on the same bag. WP is a robust and extremely complex, and wix is a toy not even fittded to prototyping.

    • chasen54

      I wouldn’t say Wix is a toy. Sure it’s not nearly as complex as WP, but it has made strides over the years. Not saying I use it personally for client work, but it has it’s merits.

  • Rodrigo

    Really embarrassing.

    • Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

      Why are you embarrassed?

      • Rodrigo

        Because it looks like content, smell like content, but it is surely not content.

      • Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

        You mean, it’s not content that *you* are interested in.

  • chasen54

    The “it’s just a website…if it works it works” mentality is really a cop-out. It’s still a battle to getting everything refined and optimized. Just because “it works” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right. There’s always a way to make it work better/faster/etc. Your audience that goes to said website comes in from all different angles. One slip up and you lose that potential consumer for life.

  • chasen54

    Just made this point earlier. Load times and optimizations are essential to a websites success. As a Web Designer, there needs to be a fluid understanding of both professions. I myself find my strengths in the design and marketing side, but understand HOW a developer works so I’m speaking their language when I hand it off (or code it myself and hand it off for cleansing).

  • Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

    I don’t think you can talk about developers in the same breath as the kind of sites Webydo is aimed at. A custom CMS for example is far beyond the budget of most small businesses.

    Naturally, for anything really involved or complex you need a professional developer.

  • Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

    Developers are usually beyond the budget of a small business. If you’re talking about HTML, CSS, JavaScript (even on occasion a little PHP) that’s all the realm of the designer.

    Developers are only necessary when you’re spending a lot of time working on the backend.

    • Marc Murray

      Again, I disagree. If someone wants a static enough, simple 3-4 page site for their business, a professional developer could knock it out in 6-8 hours easily enough, I mean I’m only a student and I can knock together pages pretty quickly. If it has to be basically responsive, maybe another 4-5 hours for a pro. How would it not be worth that extra cost for something that works better, loads faster, doesn’t have the occasional unexplainable glitch, and is written in clear, concise and easy to edit code?

  • Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

    There are indeed, we’ll make sure that’s looked at in future.

    • billie

      That is commendable. I hope the industry becomes more aware of this oversight – it happens too frequently.

  • Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

    Naturally infographics generalize a little, that’s what statistics are. I’m sure you’ll find all degrees of competency, professionalism and knowledge across the field.

  • Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

    Anything sponsored (like this article) is clearly marked as sponsored.

    Sponsored doesn’t necessarily mean bad.

    • TypedJustice

      Clearly marked? The only marking that this is sponsored content is in bracketed regular italics at the BOTTOM of the article AFTER the click-through. Who do you think you are kidding? You deserve every bit of flack coming your way. I suggest looking at other reputable sites to see what a “clearly marked” sponsored article REALLY looks like…. LOL

      • Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

        I hate to be the one to tell you this, but most content online is sponsored in one way or another and the minority is marked as such.

        We do it because we prefer to be transparent.

      • TypedJustice

        Well, I hate to be the one to tell you this, but the only one your kidding with that attitude is yourself. The comments speak for themselves.

        Good luck with that.

      • Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

        I think you’ve confused yourself. My ‘attitude’ that the majority of content online is commercially driven, is a fact.

        This post is content that was sponsored, but it wouldn’t have been run (sponsored or otherwise) if we didn’t think at least some of our readers would like it. At this point in time nearly 2000 people have shared this content on social media, because they liked it.

        If it’s not to your taste then feel free not to share it.

  • HemanthMalli

    Its fun and infographics are great. I enjoyed this post !!

  • tset

    you put the words “sponsored post” at the top, jerks. The top.

  • Rakel

    The reason why the money is split that way is just because it usually takes more time to code than design. I don’t think it’s because they are utilizing designers less. I mean, sure, there are some projects where I go back and forth on design forever and the code is straightforward, but that’s not usually the case.

  • Rakel

    I’ve used Muse, and I wasn’t that impressed with it. Honestly, I could design and code a better looking website with Photoshop and Bootstrap in less time. I’m actually really interested in this new tool called Macaw. What I liked about it, is that although it’s a visual editor, it also makes the code very transparent and mutable. You can make changes visually, and then pop over to the code and make changes there too. So, for someone like me who already knows html & css, it would help me from feeling stuck. I haven’t tried it yet, I’m waiting for my Kickstarter license to come sometime early this year, but I’m looking forward to playing with it.

  • Anardo Cuello

    To me it came down to the money. While being only a web designer new job postings started to require me to know JavaScript, which I went about learning. Jobs then started to required me to know more advance JavaScript like dealing with JSON requests, and responses aka AJAX, which I went about learning. Now, they want me to know back end JavaScript so I am learning Node.js. The good part of this is that I enjoy learning all the new stuff, but hey I BETTER GET PAID! A company that tries to short change me is basically insulting me. I get really really pissed! Don’t F* with me! I am putting all my time and effort into this for you to PAY ME!

  • gadr

    It’s easier learn to develop than design, with those tools or without them, there’s many examples online.

  • Webydo

    Thanks for the compliment, we were also surprised when we saw this split, which is one of the reasons for creating & sharing this industry information. In addition, WordPress can suit both the needs of a DIY’er because of their templates, but down the line as the site becomes more robust, they will require the skills of a developer to assist in managing it. This is why it was included in the B2B section. ~CID

  • Webydo

    Hi Kevin, from a professional designers point of view you are absolutely right, and being the creative types it is important to have a platform where you have full control of your designs from start to finish. You are able to create the site to the pixel, manage it, use the CMS, etc. ~CID

  • Webydo

    Hi Lu, you are 100% correct, and this is something we are very aware of and promise to be more conscientious about in the future. ~CIDNEY

    • Lu


  • Webydo

    The infographic is a general overview of what is happening presently. With all the information gathered in this research, we decided to emphasize the most relevant aspects. if you want further about each of these topics, you can check out the sources at the bottom of the infographic.

    Webydo was created for designers to be able to manage & publish fully functional websites not just designs for prototypes. ~CID

  • disqus_BJsFqYUX7b

    I am a developer, also designer, and I hate pre-made things like wordpress, for me wordpress and wix is the same… a respectable developer must hand-code.

  • Widy Graycloud

    Now it’s so easy to be a web designer without any coding knowledge huh? I’m so envy
    interesting, Maybe I should try it :D

  • Max Bailey

    As a front-end developer I think it’s too narrow minded to look at is as “Designers & Developers” being completely different. Some designers love to code, and don’t “fear” developers and a random list of technologies. Overall I think the infographic was a not very accurate to reality (the numbers may be correct, but the logic behind it not so much).

  • William Forrest

    It is not bad to use some tools in building your website. But I still prefer to get my professional web designer and web developer. Because I want a unique design, format and look of my website.

  • MIke

    If 74% are created by designers+developers, and 3% are diy, who develops the rest?

  • K

    People who don’t handcode their designs using CSS and HTML aren’t webdesigners. They might be designers by trade, but they’re not webdesigners.

  • HC

    Why isn’t Kentico listed on the left column along with WordPress? It’s a major player in the market, as well.

    • Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

      I’d never heard of it. But checking their own marketing they claim 18,000 sites run on it. Which doesn’t make it into the same league as WordPress.

      That’s not a value judgement, it may be awesome. But it isn’t a major player.

      • HC

        Although it is significantly less than WordPress, Kentico is still a major player in the market. In fact, Kentico is more of a major player than Umbraco and should at least be displayed on your chart above Umbraco.

        According to the latest data for Feb 2015 on W3Techs, Kentico is gaining momentum and holds a .2% market share. Compared this to Umbraco, which shows up on your chart instead of Kentico. Umbraco has been on the decline and sits at only .1% market share.

        As a Kentico developer, I have seen many sites undergo conversions, by retiring from Umbraco, Ektron and other dying platforms and upgrading to Kentico’s revolutionary interface, solid functionality and sleek design.

        The name Kentico may be lesser known because it is newer, but the name Umbraco is simply a thing of the past. It would have been nice to see a more accurate representation of your market share chart, with Kentico displayed instead of or above Umbraco.

      • Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

        If you’d like to check the date on the article, you’ll see that it’s over a year old. So as you’d expect, the data is a little out of date. If Kentico had a larger market share at the time, it would have been included.

        However, I’m reasonably confident if we asked a current Umbraco developer they’d raise the same objections to Kentico that you have about Umbraco.

  • Herza Ai Em

    You should see from both designer’s and developer’s point of view…

  • Joshua Sullivan

    I wouldn’t be surprised by that 98% DIY figure.. Sometimes it takes some investment in hiring a
    deisgn/dev specialist that has more experience. This will help prevent projects from failing. It’d be like trying to DIY catering for your wedding.. sure you can do it, but usually not the best idea.