Do Web Designers Actually Code?

TechMan1836 asked:

Do professional web designers still code sites or use dragdrop interfaces like WordPress?

I’m glad you added the word “professional” in there, dude. There are a LOT of simple interfaces out there (such as WordPress, yes) that can be used to build a decent-looking site. These services are quite popular because anyone can learn to use them and create something quickly that suits their needs.

When it comes to professionals, though, I’d say most of them still code by hand. Pretty much all credible designers chose to code, it’s infinitely better than allowing a program to do the work for you. A program cannot possibly know the exact colors and fonts you want. There’s only so many ways you can customize something out-of-the-box in order to make it truly unique so that it stands out from the millions of other sites out there.

Let’s take this a step further: do I think it’s viable for someone to learn advanced coding methods if they want to be a web designer? You bet I do! I also think that anyone who calls themselves a professional and doesn’t know a lick of actual code is faking their way through their jobs. Maybe I’m a bit harsh, but that’s how I see it.

What about all of YOU? What do you think?

Do Web Designers Actually Code?