How to Become a Webmaster
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Skills and Qualities of a Webmaster
Webmaster Salary
Influential Professional Webmasters
Leading Webmaster Organizations
Top Cities for Webmaster Jobs
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How to become a Webmaster

As things are right now, webmasters are people that practice web communication. Usually, they would be generalists with HTML knowledge that can manage all web page operations. They will also have knowledge of programming languages such as php, perl, asp and java.

On big web sites the webmaster will coordinate and oversee the activities of the other people that work on the site. He can either be the owner, or an employee of the owner of the site. At the dawn of the World Wide Web, the webmaster was owner, programmer and designer of his own web page, and everything from production to planning to coding and marketing was at his sole discretion.

You don't really need any formal education to become a successful webmaster, but you won't be taken into consideration if you don't. If you think you've got all that it takes to be a great webmaster, you can't be stopped by anyone - however, you'll probably be the webmaster of your own web page.

If you want to make a career out of it, you'll definitely need some private certification or training programs. These programs are widely available, and can be completed either in classrooms or online, giving you the many skills you'll need in order to become successful. Specializing in a language or design technique is a good way to get started. Perhaps a class in HTML, Dreamweaver or Photoshop. Other than that, a College Degree in Information Technology will definitely help.

You can also take two-year technical training programs that take a formal approach to education, with classes all day long and guaranteeing a certain level of quality. Just be sure to check out the list of things you'll learn, to see if it really is what you're interested in. You won't get into such a program without some sort of entrance qualification. Usually, if you've got good grades in high school, or some other related work experience you'll get a place without too much difficulty.

What does a Webmaster do?

As a webmaster, you'll be in charge of all the aspects of your website. You won't be specialized in one area of the website, but rather oversee what's done and to be done on all the different sections. For instance, you'll be responsible for the maintenance of the website. Not only should you have a good grasp of HTML, but you'll have to have good understanding on how it interacts with all the other elements, such as web browsers, applications and so on.

Besides that, you'll have to spend some time developing projects. You could be doing all coding or just part coding for your website, so you'll have to have a basic understanding of C++ programming, perl or other scripting languages.

You will also have to come up with ideas for new pages or applications, developing them from scratch or with the help of a team.

Your webpage depends on your servers, so you might want to do some server maintenance from time to time, to make sure everything is up and running as it should. You'll work closely with a web engineer in order to accomplish that. You'll also work with a release engineer, to make sure the application and code is bug free and suitable for the live server.

What skills or qualities do I need to become a Webmaster?

In order to become a successful webmaster you'll need to have excellent people skills and thorough knowledge of HTML, programming, design, servers and the Internet.

Not only that, but you will also need a pretty good imagination, lots of patience for when things don't work out as fast as you'd like and great willpower. You'll have to keep in mind that not only do you have to oversee the development and maintenance of your website, but you'll also be required to oversee the marketing and web site monetization.

A big plus in this field would be the ability to create powerful networks of people and tap into their potential.

Another thing to remember, and it's an important one, is that, as a webmaster, you're responsible for anything that goes wrong. Not only will you have to work closely with all in your team, such as the web programmer and web designer, but you will also have to be able to please the visitors to your website. And if you have a community in place, such as a forum or a social network, then you will need reliable people to moderate discussions and filter objectionable content. So, people skills are crucial for a webmaster, as you don't want to risk alienating your web site visitors or staff.

How much does a Webmaster make?

Since we're talking about the Internet, that means you could be a webmaster practically anywhere. So if you're the webmaster of your own webpage you're going to make as much money as your skills and marketing knowledge permit you to. However, if you're employed as a webmaster, your pay will vary. You would be usually making between $53,935 and $76,339. The extremes start at $44,880 end at about $87,680.

Who are some influential professionals in this field?

Since the Internet is such a young medium of expression, we can't really pinpoint some huge World Wide Web Webmaster superstars. We can, however, talk about Corey Rudl, one of the most influential webmasters in the world. His style has been copied by many, and he founded the Internet Marketing Center, a wealth of resources for webmasters everywhere.

What are some leading organizations in this field?

The most prominent webmasters association is the International Webmasters Association, based in California. The International Webmasters Association is a non-profit professional organization and the field's recognized leader of educational and certification standards. IWA represents more than 160,000 members from all over the world.

Another leading organization for webmasters is the World Organization of Web Professionals, a non-profit, membership organization that has the goal of supporting web professionals everywhere. They provide resources and education for webmasters.

What are the top cities for Webmaster jobs?

If you find a job as a Webmaster in New York, NY, congratulations! It's the top city for your field. If not, fear not, as the second best is Chicago, IL and the third is Los Angeles, CA. However, any company with a web presence will likely require a webmaster at some level.

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