Frontend is the visual element of a website that a user sees, and interacts with. The frontend includes elements such as the design, the color, the font-style, the animations that happen when a user interacts with buttons, the buttons, the textures, the choice of images, and a lot more.
For example - On Facebook, the like button, the share button, and all visual elements are front-end elements, and the animations, the colors, the font-style, etc. All these elements come under front-end development and to make it more interactive some use Webflow designers.
The objective of designing a site is to ensure that when the users open up the site they see the information in a format that is easy to read and relevant.
A Frontend Developer plays many roles, and responsibilities, and the major responsibilities are as follows -
Design, and develop front-end web architecture.
Write code to execute the design of the website or the web based app.
Optimize the website/ web app for different screen sizes.
Collaborate with freelance back end developers to execute web architectures, and plans.
Design user-interactions, and interfaces for mobile applications developer.
Optimize the existing design of a website or a web based app.
Consult, and help translate business requirements into the language of a freelance web designer.
A Frontend developer can do an audit of existing websites, and web based apps to identify vulnerabilities, and suggest scope for improvements in design, and the design flow.
There are multiple facets to Front end development. One side of the development involves UI i.e. User Interface, and the other one is UX i.e. User experience. Although these sound, and feel similar the role of a UI developer, and UX developer is a little different, then there is a full stack developer for hire who works on both front end and back end of the website or application.
Frontend Stacks - Frontend stands for the visual appearance of websites developed, and web based apps that a client/user interacts with, and freelance website developers often use multiple technologies to get the job done. Some of the technologies they use are as follows -
Front-end frameworks - Angular.js, bootstrap, react.js, SASS, etc.
The cost of hiring a frontend developer(s) is majorly dependent on multiple factors such as the scope of the project, the complexity of the designs, the project timeline, the experience & expertise of the developers, the number of pages to be designed, the number of web elements to be designed, etc.
The costs of hiring a front end developer is 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 front-end of a website like Facebook is very very complicated, and hence the cost to develop the frontend of something like this can cost in millions of dollars, and involve 1000s of designers. Such complex structures, requires experienced, and expert designers
However, the cost of developing a simple calculator, and it’s front-end may not be very much, since the scope of the work is limited, and this can be implemented by a high-school student too.