|WebmasterWorld and Your Career|
Higher Level Focus
What about WebmasterWorld is most helping you in your work or career?
What should WebmasterWorld most maintain or preserve for you to help you in your work or career?
What about WebmasterWorld is not helping your work or career as much as you would like?
What does WebmasterWorld most need to change, add or improve to better help you in your work or career?
I fell into web design nine years ago as secondary role when I decided to build my own website for another business. I soon realised that I did not know as much as I thought. Webmasterworld filled that gap at the time and while I now refer to it less than I once did I still try to spend time giving something back.
As a self employed person working from home with no other people to consult it was invallable to me (and it still is). For self employed peopl it is a godsend.
Dang it I wanted to quote BeeDeeDubbleU... argh.
Anyway, I agree with BDW. When I first got into web development and design this was my go to place to get feedback, advice and/or help. It's been replaced by google and other web design/development related web sites and blogs.
Why? Well I have become a person who now feels that the place from where I get my information needs to be leading by example. So would I ever get design tips from here? Nope. Would I rely on this forum for quick css related layout help? (I used to when I was first learning, then I looked under the hood here...) Not anymore.
Actually, this would probably be my second stop. First stop would be "the googles".
I like what you've done-- you have a very useful site, well governed for quality discussion, easy to use and clear. I also like the topics you've built the site around-- there's a treasure of information here-- and the world-wide community of contributors.
For future development I'd look to something like experts exchange as a model to expand into, perhaps with some code library, video tutorials and technique "articles" on various topics. Something that offers hard code and production technique in a more organized way for a working community. That site has about triple the audience, what it offers is worth lots of time for their visitors, and time is money. To compete, maybe it would help to offer a cut to members based on productivity, to incentivize quality technical content, perhaps offering new solutions openly for a week or so to win new visitors but for a fee/members only after time has expired, cinching up that period as you grow customer base.
I'd also consider a subtle visual upgrade like redefining some fonts for readability/impression, maybe adding raised relief to discussion board elements if it's not too heavy or tick-tack, and updating your site logo. I'd seek a brand sweet spot that conveys a blend of technical and visual quality, the art and science of Web design/development if that makes any sense.
I learnt HTML & basic CSS through w3schools.com and I went away and built my own basic website. This was about 6 years ago and have since become more interested in websites.
I came across webmasterworld.com when I was trying to find an answer to a problem I had and it helped a lot! Since, I have visited a few times for solutions to problems I have had, most being solved and have also started a job in e-media, so will most likely be spending more time on the site. I havenít had the confidence to contribute yet, but hope that one day I will be able to help someone, like I have been helped. Most people that contribute do so in a helpful, non condescending way, that really makes it a valuable site.
Admittedly, I would probably Google or check out w3schools first and then go to webmasterworld next. The search function I donít feel is that great and a bit confusing!
If there was a monthly, fortnightly or weekly newsletter, I definitely would subscribe. The ability to view the site on an iphone or blackberry would also be beneficial!
Whilst, webmasterworld doesnít look cutting edge or sharp, it has a basic layout that I actually like. So many websites these days just get over cluttered with content and flash images, so when you do update, please keep it simple.
For me, Webmaster World has been a fountain of practical, technical knowledge and I owe this place a lot. A big chunk of my personal net worth has its roots in things I've learned here.
|What does WebmasterWorld most need to change, add or improve to better help you in your work or career? |
I'd find it useful if we could foster more discussion about effective marketing strategies, both for Mom/Pop sites and for the corporate context. Many of us view marketing through the lenses of SEO, PPC or social media, and don't see much further than that. What other possibilities are out there?
|For me, Webmaster World has been a fountain of practical, technical knowledge and I owe this place a lot. A big chunk of my personal net worth has its roots in things I've learned here. |
I agree with this absolutely and would like to add that certain "philosophical" nuggets that I took from here continue to inform what I do (from BT's original "sorry, I thought you knew" post onwards).
|I'd find it useful if we could foster more discussion about effective marketing strategies, both for Mom/Pop sites and for the corporate context. Many of us view marketing through the lenses of SEO, PPC or social media, and don't see much further than that. What other possibilities are out there? |
Again, I think buckworks has articulated something that led to this eventually not being a daily call for me.
I want to be read things that help me look at problems or opportunities with new eyes or from a different, possibly strategic, point of view.
Too much here was same old, same old when I drifted away (which is probably as much to do with me as with the site):
Google Update Discussion (May) Part 293
I've Been Smart-Priced/Quality Scored/Dropped from AW/AS
Which is not to say that those threads are not useful to their participants. Just that I found them of declining use to me.
I think that I will be up to date with important relevant news checking the WW Home page, but although very interesting things are posted, some huge histories don't do home, so I got those in the Home of a general newspapper sometimes.
So, this is a good place for original articles and news, but not sufficient for a glance of breaking tech news for the webmaster.
I used to read the forum a lot when I worked as a webmaster for six years in the same role, these days, not so much as I am mainly working on content-related projects and not really in the back-end like I was.
It did help with a lot of specific things and I still look it up for issues such as new search spiders and some Google AdSense issues.