Back-end Development refers to server-side development. It focuses on databases, scripting, website architecture. It contains behind-the-scenes activities that occur when performing any action on a website.
For example, if we take Facebook as an example, when we click on the button “Add as a friend”, a set of actions are triggered, and all these actions are programmed by backend developers.
A back-end web developer is responsible for server-side web application logic and integration of the work front-end developers do. Back-end developers usually write the web services and APIs used by front-end developers and mobile application developers.
In simple terms, a backend developer is responsible for developing those elements of software or a website that is responsible for its interaction with the website, and to sum it up - A Backend developer adds life to a website.
A backend Developer plays many roles, and responsibilities and the major responsibilities are as follows -
Backend Technologies - It refers to the server-side development of the web applications or the website with a primary focus on how the website functions. A backend developer is responsible for managing the databases through queries and APIs by client-side commands, and this allows the user or website visitors to interact with the website, and receive the desired results. Some of the technologies used are -
It's important that the people who are hiring for such roles are aware of their requirements well before they hire a backend developer, therefore it’s recommended that one should have the following things in check before proceeding to hire a developer?
Knowing Your Project Requirements - You ideally need a backend engineer who understands your needs. The only way for the developer to understand what you need is for you to have clear project specifications in mind. If you already have project documentation, review it and identify important components before shortlisting freelancers for an interview.
Knowing your Budget - There is no need to interview an expert that is outside of your budget, so understand your budget constraints before you start an interview.
Knowing your Deadline - The best of the developers have been hired, but now there’s a mismatch in the timeline expectations, what do you do? It’s best to be aware of your deadlines before looking to hire a Software Developer.
The cost of hiring a backend developer(s) is majorly dependent on multiple factors such as the scope of the project, the complexity of the architecture, the project timeline, the experience & expertise of the developers, the number of developers to be hired, etc.
The costs of hiring a back-end developer are decided based on Hourly pricing, project-based pricing, or pricing based on monthly retainers, and it typically ranges in 1000s of dollars.
Let’s take some examples to understand this better -
The back-end of a website like Zomato is very very complicated, and hence the cost to develop the backend backbone of something like this can cost millions of dollars and involve 1000s of engineers. Such complex structures require experienced, and expert developers.
However, the cost of developing a simple GST calculator for a restaurant business may not be very much, since the scope of the work is limited, and this can be implemented by a high-school student too.
To hire a back-end developer -