A more comprehensive list of tasks to which web development commonly refers, may include:
- Web design
- Web content development
- Client liaison
- Client-side scripting and server-side scripting
- Web server and network security configuration
- E-commerce development
Among web professionals, "web development" usually refers to the main non-design aspects of building web sites: writing markup and coding.
Content management systems
Most recently Web development has come to mean the creation of content management systems or CMS.
A principle benefit of a CMS is that it allows non-technical people to make changes to their Web site without having technical knowledge.
For larger organizations and businesses, web development teams can consist of hundreds of people (web developers) and follow standard methods like Agile methodologies while developing websites.
Smaller organizations may only require a single permanent or contracting developer, or secondary assignment to related job positions such as a graphic designer and/or information systems technician.
Web development may be a collaborative effort between departments rather than the domain of a designated department.