A web designer is someone designing websites designs. The software that provides the functionality of a website is created by a web programmer. Design and functionality are required by different disciplines.
Although almost anyone can create a website with a WYSIWYG editor, the meaning of the term web designer is the most in the professional sense given. This is due to the professionalism of the profession. Thus was established in Belgium, the federation of web companies (FeWeb). This is a recognized federation representing the interests of businesses and self-employed. In the Netherlands, this professional association Cascadis.
Given the increased importance of the Internet in marketing, creating and maintaining a website is increasingly being outsourced to an agency with professional web designers who need to create a balance in the creative process between the customer and the technological possibilities. Also, he or she thereby integrate the corporate identity of the business, consider reading patterns, marketing models, expected heatmaps, clarity of the pages and layout, expandability, and so on.
A web designer can as freelance work as well as the staff of a web agency or company specializing in web design.
Where ten years ago someone who was handy with a computer, intelligence had programming languages and specific programs could create websites for his profession, there are in 2009 several opportunities to pursue practical courses leading to a diploma Webdesigner, both general agencies, educational institutions, and software makers themselves.There are also various tools become available, both for professional web designers as for hobbyists, known as templates and ready-made websites which completed only the text and technique need be.
A number of competencies that should have a web designer include: 
- Graphics, technical and Internet knowledge
- Artistic ambition and creativity
- Empathy (target and use a website)
- Communication skills (what the customer)
- Keep abreast of current developments
Because technological developments still continue, the demands placed on the web are becoming higher. With only a knowledge of HTML editor and a graphics program is one no longer asks the customer to interactive sites using Cascading Style Sheets, a database as a backend , and sometimes Flash or HTML5 for presentation purposes. Often looking for a specific part of a specialized website as part of a team.
Technological developments now lead more and more that a combination between a web designer for the frontend design and a software developer for the backend technology. Depending on the purpose of achieving website, web application or app focuses on the design of the underlying technology. In general, projects which sites are realized driven to a large audience through the web, and projects in which a business process is facilitated by the technical functionality.