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Webmasters: What Do They Do?

April 15, 2013 IADT General, Web Design and Development, IADT Seattle 0 Comments

What do Webmasters doAre you interested in creating and running websites but don’t want to be pigeonholed into a single field such as graphic design or internet marketing? Would you welcome the challenge of overseeing a large website on your own or being the leader of a dedicated web team? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a career as a webmaster might be for you.

What is a Webmaster?

Webmasters are in charge of every aspect of a website. They oversee or are directly responsible for the design, development, marketing and maintenance of a site. Because of this, they can be seen as the jacks of all trades of the internet. They must have a broad skill set to keep all aspects of a site under control.

Where do Webmasters Work?

Webmasters work in every segment of the economy. Webmasters can be freelancers who sell their individual time and skills to clients. They can work in-house with a company to run its website, or they may work for a dedicated web development or marketing firm that is contracted to help build and/or maintain websites.

What Skills must Webmasters Possess?

Webmasters must possess a broad base of skills. For design they should have at least a rudimentary understanding of graphic and web design software such as Adobe Photoshop Adobe Flash, and Dreamweaver.

For development, knowledge of coding and programming languages such as HTML, XHTML, C languages, and Javascript is necessary.

A webmaster should also understand the basics of search engine optimization (SEO) along with other web marketing knowledge.

In addition to the many of the skills already listed, an understanding of internet security is necessary for site maintenance.

It is also important that webmasters understand the importance of time and resources management. They should also be comfortable in a leadership role, since many webmasters for larger companies oversee a team of designers, developers and marketers.

Is Webmaster the Right Career for you?

If you enjoy overseeing large scale projects and are interested in all facets of website design, building and maintenance, then a career as a webmaster may be right for you. If you want to learn more, consider enrolling in a web design and development degree program near you.

This is a general interest article and not based on any specific school or the experience of our graduates.


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