Roles of a Webmaster
This article describes exactly what a webmaster is and the roles of a webmaster. In short, the webmaster is responsible for ensuring that the website is maintained and working systematically as it should. This includes making sure the hardware and software is functioning properly as well as the web servers. When one of the vital pieces of the system is not working as it should, it is the webmaster’s responsibility to troubleshoot and find the underlying problem. Once the problem is found, the webmaster fixes the problem and ensures that every aspect is once again working properly. Other terms for such positions include a web administrator, web architect, web developer and site author; all titles have the same roles of a webmaster.
Setting up a Website
When setting up a website, several things need to be considered. The webmaster must use the domain name that he or she was given or create one of their own. This domain name is then used to set up the actual site. The role of the webmaster, in this instance, is to ensure that the site has everything that the client is requesting. This can vary as some clients wish to have a website that is only used for informational purposes with a few monetizing properties, such as Adsense and other affiliate options. Other steps need to be taken when the client is selling their own product or service. Setting up shopping carts and payment areas may be a part of the webmaster’s job.
- Search Engine Guide: SEO with Webmaster Tools: Guide for search engine optimization and Google tools for setting up a website.
- Website Setup Guide: Website designed to help set up a website for beginners.
- The Site Wizard: How to Start/Create Your Own Website: Resource to create a website from A to Z for beginners.
- Web Page Design Club: How to Set Up a Website: Easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to creating a website.
- Web Hosting Report: How to Set Up a Website: Instructions on how to set up a website.
Maintaining the Website
The maintenance of a website is another important role of a webmaster. In addition to the actual creation of a webpage, a webmaster must maintain the site in order for the client to feel as though they are getting their money’s worth. The webmaster must make sure that the website is running properly on a daily basis. If a problem should arise, the webmaster must then troubleshoot the problem and eliminate the problem so that the site is back up and running as quickly as possible. In addition to fixing any problems, the role of a webmaster also includes staying up to date with any changes in technology. If there is a change, the webmaster can advise the client and make any changes or updates that the client requests.
- Rocketface: Maintaining a Website: Information on maintaining a website.
- Idea: Expense of Maintaining a Website: Information on the expense of maintaining a website.
- Online Tutoring World: Maintaining and Improving Your Website: Resource on how to maintain and improve your website.
- Coyote Communications: Maintaining a Web Site: Article on how to maintain a website.
- Website Maintaining: Website Maintenance: Website maintenance information on how to maintain a website.
Managing the Web Servers
Managing the web servers is another role of a webmaster and is perhaps the most important part of the job. If the servers are not maintained, this can create a great deal of problems for the website and the client. The servers can constantly go down and make the client lose business because of inaccessibility for their customers. They can also lose money because of the amount of time lost for their employees for every minute that the server is down and their employees cannot work. If the webmaster does not maintain the server, this can also create a problem with security. With security problems, information can be stolen and more damage can occur.
- Microsoft: Managing Web Server Security: About managing server security and how to do so.
- Sun: Managing the Web Server: How to manage to web server.
- IBM: Managing a Web Server: Managing a web server as provided by IBM.
- Learning to Manage a Web Server: Instructions on how to manage a web server.
- Genex: How to Manage Your Web Server: How to include and manage your web server.
Knowledge of Developmental Languages
- Application Generation: Informational article on how people choose development languages.
- Web Source: Selecting the Best Web Design Language for Your Project: List of language and how to select the best language for your project.
- Web Programming Languages: Information on the available web programming languages as well as the characteristics.
- LangPop: Programming Language Popularity: Itemization of the programming languages and the popularity of each.
- Regular Geek: Web and Scripting Programming Language Job Trends: Article on the job trends associated with programming language.
Keep the Site Secure
Website security goes along with maintaining the server as one of the roles of a webmaster. Security issues arise in a number of circumstances and are extremely high in instances where websites contain a lot of private information. This information can include social security numbers, credit cards numbers, addresses and other customer information. In addition to hackers having access to this information, the webmaster must ensure that they cannot access the website to steal money from the actual company.
- Debian Administration: Improving Website Security: About how improving website security is important.
- US-Cert: Cyber Security Tips: Cyber security tips as provided by the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team.
- W3: World Wide Web Security FAQ: Frequently asked questions on World Wide Web security.
- Web Hosting Geeks: What is Reverse Domain Name Hijacking: Information on domain name hijacking.
- Watson Hall: Top 10 Website Security Issues: Information on the top 10 security issues on websites.
These additional resources provide you, as the webmaster, with additional information on what you need to know in order to be efficient in your role as a webmaster.
- 321 Webmaster: Webmaster Resources Guide: Complete guide to webmaster resources.
- Webmaster Toolkit: Informational resource site on webmaster resources.
- Walshaw: Site dedicated to resources for webmasters.
- Big Webmaster: Webmaster Resources: List of resources for webmasters divided into categories.
- Webmaster Directory: Site of webmaster directory and resources.
- SitePoint: Resources and additional information on becoming a better web developer.