There is always a controversy present in the mind of the people some thinks that these are same terminologies and few of them are saying these are different from each other. Through this article we will try to dictate both of them separately.
Let’s start with software development, it is also known as software application development. The term software development may be used to refer to the activity of computer programming, which is the process of writing and maintaining the source code, but in a broader sense of the term it includes all that is involved between the conception of the desired software through to the final manifestation of the software, ideally in a planned and structured process. Therefore, software development may include research, new development, modification, reuse, re-engineering, maintenance, or any other activities that result in software products. Software development is a process of developing a product which includes programs, procedures and algorithms. Actually software is developed to help the user to perform specific task accurately and efficiently.
On the other hand a website is a collection of related Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that are addressed relative to a common Uniform Resource Locator (URL). A web page is a document, typically written in plain text interspersed with formatting instructions of Hypertext Markup Language. Web pages are accessed and transported with the Hypertext Transfer Protocol. Web development is a broad term for the work involved in developing a web site for the Internet or an intranet. Web development can range from developing the simplest static single page of plain text to the most complex web-based internet applications, electronic businesses, or social network services.
Thing to be notice is that web development is not at all a part of software development, but a software development can be a part of web development. The line of differentiation is when you need a web site to run on a software application, you are in a need of web development services and if you are looking for a software application to be run on a desktop computer, off the web, you are in need of software development services.