Beginning webmaster?

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I am wanting to be a webmaster, and i am wondering if anyone can help
me as to where i should begin. What resources are available for someone
in my position and what should I base my pricing scheme on?


Re: Beginning webmaster?

Fleeing from the madness of the jungle
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stop - consider carefully.  Now tell exactly what you think it means to be  
a webmaster

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what relevant experience do you have?

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servers?  not sure what this Q means

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The cost of providing a roof, food, clothing .... beer, skittles

William Tasso

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William Tasso wrote:
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 I may have used the word "webmaster" a bit too loosely. What I meant
to convey was designing websites. As for relevant experience, I taught
myself basic HTML code and messed around with a couple simple websites
(i.e. basic websites made on and other such sites). I
have also practiced some Perl. I am currently building onto my
experience by designing a relatively complex website on Philosophy.
Through that I hope to learn more HTML and other web-based languages.

Thanks everybody for your responses and help, which is proving helpful
to me.


Re: Beginning webmaster?

On 21 Oct 2006 10:47:24 -0700, wrote:

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Apply to companies who are advertising for webmasters. You'll soon
find out what qualities they want.

Alternatively, start your own web site (there are currently somewhere
in the region of 98 million web sites active (I kid you not, source
Netcraft ) and if you think you can make any
money by adding another, go ahead....


Woe to him that willfully innovates, while ignorant of the constant.

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Lets assume you mean "web designer / web developer / web master"

Three different jobs, no-one does all three equally well. Chances are
you don't know which you'd prefer or would be good at yet, so don't
sweat it. You'd do well to learn something about all three, before
jumping one way or the other.

Web designers make that part of the page that arrives on your browser.
What does the page look like ?  Can you find what you need? Do you
enjoy using it? Can you find your way round the site? Does it still
work on your phone?

Web developers make the "back end" stuff that runs on web servers when
you press "Buy it now"

Web admins / webmasters keep it all running. Ideally they don't just
keep it running, good ones do the necessary work beforehand so things
don't ever stop. If they're on a medium-large site they might keep the
email and general servers running too. Not a glamorous job, but good
ones are important, valuable and usually under-appreciated.

Designers need to understand the web, the tools that make the web work
(HTML, CSS, Flash, HTTP, mobile devices) and also a good bit of design
theory (design, use of colour, usability, accessibility).

Outside of a really big design house there's little demand for "pure
design" designers who don't understand any technology (and refuse to).
If you can't even grok HTML, then go into magazines or advertising
instead, not web design. Please.

Quite honestly, most web designers are crap.  It's not as bad as it was
a few years ago, when any monkey could get a job and their own bagel,
but there's still far too many talentless muppets out there who don't
deserve the title of designer and just get by on a cheery manner of
bullshit and a silly haircut.

Developers need to understand the web, databases, and a huge pile of
other stuff. OTOH, they don't need to see daylight and they usually
manage with quite rudimentary design skills.  The difference between a
designer and a developer is that you can't get the designers to
appreciate that they still need to understand a certain amount of
technology despite their beautiful designs and their fashionable
haircuts, but with developers you can't stop them adding in new bits of
technology, usually unproven and flaky.

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Evidently not the first 3 replies you received!

Basic rules are that :

* There are rules. There's stuff to learn. A fashionable haircut
doesn't make you a designer, it makes you Nathan Barley. You need to
learn stuff, and to do it properly

* Everything is free. You don't ever need to buy a copy of FrontPlague,
there'll be something better that's free too.

 * "An investment in knowledge pays the best dividends"  Books aren't
free, but they're worth it. There are a few really good websites that
are as good as books -- mostly because those ones _are_ books, put
on-line for free. Tutorial websites (esp. w3cschools) are almost all
bad, too skimpy and misleading if not blatantly wrong.

* The canonical "books" are the RFCs and the W3C recommendations.
They're on-line and free too. You never even need a book, you can
always refer to these references and they're guaranteed to be the
ultimate canonical resource. You still need the boks to explain them to
you though

* You can understand everything.  You never need a copy of DreamWeevil
or EasyPagey, you can learn to do this stuff for yourself. That works
better too.

 * You need Unix. Not because you need Unix, but because all the best
of the good free stuff is for Unix   (an old S/H PC and an Ubuntu disk
will see you right).

* Macs are good. Windows PCs are good too. Anyone who is a bigot one
way or the other just hasn't used enough of the varieties of computer
out there. Use what you've got - it's what you do with it that counts.

* The usenet web community (here, alt.html and c.i.w.a.h) are the
smartest level forums around.

* You're only as good as your last site. Talk all you want, but it's a
portfolio that convinces people. Build yourself a site (a real one, not
myspack or geocities), build some more for your local skate shop or
friends' band.

Some beginning reading:    "Head First HTML & CSS"      alt.html

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Bloody brilliant, Andy.  
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