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Frontend meaning

The frontend is everything that the user sees or interacts with when they visit a website or a web application. It is the development of the graphical user interface of a website or web app, mostly through the use of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Frontend is essentially the client-side development and it is the part of a system that the users directly access and interact with. 

How is the frontend used?

The frontend is a combination of the graphic design and the user interface and is responsible for the look and the feel of the online experience. It is completely user-focused since it defines their experience and shapes their feelings about the website or app. The main challenge surrounding frontend development is that the tools and techniques to create the frontend are constantly changing and developers need to stay up-to-date with the most recent advances. 

Almost all of us encounter a frontend on an everyday basis. Every time you read the news’ headlines on a website or open an app on your phone, even with something as simple as a weather or calendar app, you’re interacting with the frontend. That is why it is so important that frontend development is focused on giving the users a positive experience. 

Main goals of frontend development:

  • Accessibility in web development

While developing a frontend, it is fundamental to make sure that the website or app is accessible to all users. This means creating features that will make using the platform a pleasant experience for everyone. With the development of smartphones and tablets, designers need to be able to adjust their designs to all devices, for example by creating a responsive website. Other important accessibility features are: text-to-speech, keyboard-only navigation, large buttons, and many more. 

  • Frontend performance

One of the main objectives of designing a website is to ensure that the users will find the information they are looking for, in a format that is easy to read, right from the start. The quality of performance is mainly correlated with the render time (the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) to ensure that the site opens up quickly and with no issues. A lot of users are impatient and will quickly leave a website if the content takes too long to load. Improving the loading time can make a crucial difference and will increase the number of satisfied users. 

To sum up, frontend development is essential because it is all that users interact with and therefore shapes their overall experience of the website or web application. 

Full stack development

Full stack development includes frontend and backend development. Developers are responsible for the visual design and experience as well as the behind the scenes structure of the website or app. The frontend, as mentioned above, includes everything users interact with while the backend involves the servers, databases and other software components. Both of those elements are highly connected and create a complete system for a website or an application. At CodiLime, we can provide you with full stack development to help you transform your idea into a final product. 

Frontend development at CodiLime

Software developers at CodiLime work with technologies for front-end, back-end and low-level programming projects. When it comes to frontend, we use frameworks like React, Angular and Vue.js. For instance, our developers have been providing front-end services for our clients since 2013, helping create applications that have exceptional user interfaces.

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