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Who Is A Webmaster?

Let's forget about what dictionaries have written down to explain who a webmaster is. Taking it upon yourself as your occupation, who can you say a webmaster is?

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@Yawa ti de, This question is from a novice, but, are you saying I shld luk @ one or two of these areas, (Web Developer + Web Desig@ + Database Administrator) eye them and then give it all ive got without worrying about the other?

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@Quandrillo

That is a very wrong concept. There is a reason why professionals decided to define these jobs more clearly. Web developers and designers are more technically-aware than the webmaster colleagues. Webmasters, from my experience tend to be people with minimal web development or web programming skills.

So they are employed after the site has been developed to keep an eye on it, so to speak. To tweak one or two things, if the need arises. Webmasters are not web gurus as a lot of people are wont to be believe.

I think the idea of the "webmaster" is overhyped in Nigeria. I say so because I started my foray into the web development industry in Nigeria. We somehow portray the so-called webmaster as a know-it-all when it comes to creating websites.

This notion has to be revised. There should be more specialization and in return, we get more efficiency. I think this is the singular most important reason we still see many half-baked websites in Nigeria. One person (the "webmaster") designs everything from layout and navigation, graphics and colors, to usability, data handling and SEO and YES, you do get a website with no usability, weird color combinations, animated graphich flying all over the pages, forms that don't work, etc at the end of the day.

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omni,

I would say, Yes. Here are the roles as I see them. Note that not everyone is a web designer in my eyes:

- Web Developer (Does front end work: JSP, PHP, CSS, XHTML, JavaScript)

- Web Designer (Does only graphics via PS or FW)

- Information Architect (Does wireframes of what each page of a site should have via MS Visio)

- Interaction Design (Determines how each page interacts with each other

- DBA (Obvious what this does)

- Software Engineer (Does the JAVA and other backend logic)

Of course this is based on my work experience and obviously not all companies have the same exact positions.

Other opinions?

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Does it mean that even the webmasters in this forum can't define their professions?

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I agree with you.

As to change of name - I would change the name from "webmasters" as it doesn't really sound like the 21st century. It sounds too. . . tacky, if may be so bold.

I'm not bashing NL but the sub-forum could be more aptly named.

Having said that, kudos to Seun. NL is no small feat.

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Yawa-tide, where would you advice for a beginner to start to become a good webmaster

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I think over time, the term 'webmaster' has shed some of it's weight. Today, roles are more specifically defined like 'web developer'; 'web designer'; 'web content manager'; 'content manager' etc

In my opinion, today's webmaster is the person who is responsible for the day to day running of a website, the maintenance of a website if you like. He/she is not particularly interested in the content but how that content is presented, how it is laid out on the site and deals with issues which may come up from time to time. But he is not directly involved in the design/development of that website.

For small websites/firms, this role may not be clearly defined but for a large website (e.g cnn.com), the role of the web master has to separated from the web designer and whoever else works on the site.

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