What Is a Webmaster’s Job Description

In Webmaste Resources | on Apr. 19, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

The evolution of the internet has brought convenience in a whole new package. But what most internet visitors don’t understand is to put a site up and keep it running takes the skills of someone behind the scenes. They are tasked with the job of making sure the website is maintained. This is what a webmaster does; it’s what they are paid to do. But this is only a fraction of what they are expected to do, although it is arguably one of their primary responsibilities.

A webmaster, or a webmistress in the case of females, is someone expected to ensure a website maintains its life, in a virtual sense. Like initially mentioned, they are involved in maintaining a website. Depending on their level of skill, it could be one or multiple websites. To do this, a wide knowledge resource comes in handy. A webmaster is expected to know the HTML coding language, and understand how it interacts with the different browsers that are supported. In the bigger picture, this is to say that different browsers, even when sharing a similar design skeleton, have different features. It is the job of the webmaster to ensure that a website can be accessed, regardless of the browser that is used to access it. It’s actually easier than it sounds.

Another forte of a webmaster is programming. It’s an integral part of putting up and maintaining a website. Some training in C programming is needed if the webmaster is looking to excel at this. Programming revolves around developing a site, and incorporating any features that are needed. If creation of computer generated images is necessary, the webmaster is expected to undertake the task. They don’t do this in isolation, as there are graphic artistes that are usually contracted to help them in achieving the best results. While animations are important in making a site more interesting, a webmaster has to ensure that the features in the site do not have a great effect on the loading speeds of the website.

Websites need to be constantly refreshed, and this means creation and development of new pages, sometimes from the very beginning. This falls under the webmaster’s job description. There is the architectural part where they make sure that the page is easily accessible and linked with other pages on the website. Then there is the other task of ensuring that the content that is developed is consistent with the other material found on the site. Needless to say, if new pages need new graphics, the graphic designer comes in to give a helping hand.

The job of a webmaster is not at all complex, but this is only the case when they have the right set of skills. Suffice it to say, the success of a website as far as its intrinsic parts are concerned, will have an effect on how successful it is. With that being said, it is always best to have a webmaster with enough experience and skill to bring to the table, when you are looking to start a highly functional and successful website.

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