Do I need a web developer or a web designer? How do I go about picking the right one for me?
Hopefully you’ve found your answer before now but since it came up again in the thread I’ll answer it just in case others are looking ...
A web designer designs sites. Generally they can build them using common technologies such as HTML, Joomla, Drupal, etc.
A web developer is one who can develop web applications, dynamic sites, etc. 9and by dynamic I’m not talking about a Wordpress blog). :)
Picking the right one involves first figuring out what you want and then interviewing a few. Find the designer/developer who has shown an aptitude in working with the technologies that you require to be used. Might seem obvious but I’ve seen it go awry more times than I care to admit.
And good luck. :)