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henry0

12:01 am on Dec 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Rosalind in another topic had the following comment
which is the reason for that thread:

"Of course it depends how narrowly you define "webmaster", because it can mean anything from graphic designer or programmer to a business person who runs the site but isn't involved in the actual building of it, plus many other sub-categories of webmaster jobs in between.'

How do you define webmaster?

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Henry

henry0

4:31 pm on Dec 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Zenn, Welcome on WebmasterWorld
Your post concurs with mine in that the Webmaster is required to wear that many hats (I wish I could wear that many hats)
And those many hats result from a basic formation seasoned with many more added flavors, server management, high languages etc...
Therefore rendering the creation of an U diploma almost unattainable, unless it would be at least a “4 to 6 years master”!

I am also in PHP, but you forgot mentioning ASP
Watch your back the ASP coders might make a move :)

Regards

Henry

cabbie

2:19 am on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Crikey, by all accounts here I am no webmaster!:(
I won't argue with you as I can't even use dreamweaver properly, little own master html or other codes or do any programming, but what do I call myself?
I do maintain after all 500 websites that make a lot of money.
Isn't there any other title I can call myself?
Apart from spammer that is

paybacksa

2:42 am on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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vkaryl:
because while I have wondrous pictures in my imagination, I can't get them into a visual medium of any sort. In other words I'm not an artist.

My dear lady, if you can imagine wondrous images, you are, indeed, an artist. There are many technicians masquerading as artists, and many, many artists who haven't yet mastered a physical medium.

rocknbil:

I work for an an ISP...People pay you $12-$20 month for a domain, they are somehow under the impression that you are responsible for helping them make it all work... if it's broke it seems like the first thing they do is call.

Yes, you have a valid gripe BUT I am knowledgable and I use such hosting firms and I wonder:

Why do these ISP tech support guys prefer to fix the problem behind the scenes and then tell me "I tried it and it seems to be working", instead of acknowledging that someone wasn't right and offering to fix it (or reporting it as fixed)? It happens frequently, and I have the dig/tracert/nslookup/DNS/ini/conf evidence to prove it.

As for webmasters...
Unfortunately webmaster is practically a derogative term nowadays. In the corporate world it pays relatively little, and therefore little is expected of them. Too many clueless managers seek out a webmaster with full expectation that the webmaster will do everything for them as if it were magic (write content, code, graphics, sysadmin, set strategy, foster business aliances, budget, procure, train, etc).

To me a good webmaster is worth as much as a good DBA.

Title does not imply qualifications, and unfortunately it seems the webmaster category is bottom heavy with inexperienced or entry-level web workers. What Director of Internet Strategy or VP of Internet Operations wants to be called a webmaster? (even though thatis very often exactly what they are!)

AAnnAArchy

3:33 am on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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cabbie
I do maintain after all 500 websites that make a lot of money.
Isn't there any other title I can call myself?

If you own all of the sites, do all of the work yourself and make a lot of money, I think you can call yourself anything you want.

twist

7:14 am on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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cabbie, posts:836
Crikey, by all accounts here I am no webmaster!sad
I won't argue with you as I can't even use dreamweaver properly, little own master html or other codes or do any programming, but what do I call myself?
I do maintain after all 500 websites that make a lot of money.

You have posted 836 time to webmasterworld. Maintain 500 websites that all make money but don't know how to use dreamweaver, don't know html, and have no programming experience.

Define 'maintain'? Thats like saying your a car mechanic that fixes 20 cars a day but doesn't know a wrench from a screwdriver.

AAnnAArchy

8:11 am on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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twist
Maintain 500 websites that all make money but don't know how to use dreamweaver...

He said he didn't know how to use Dreamweaver properly, which could mean anything from he only knows the basics to he isn't a Dreamweaver expert.

cabbie

9:08 am on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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hehe.yes i own all the sites,well at least my aliases do and I can handle basic dreamweaver.
All sites done by hand and nearly all the content is original.No auto generated pages and by maintaining them,I mean that they get updated when needed.(like changing my links from a banned site to a new one)
As for my 836 posts, disregard them they are mainly one liners trying to be funny.

>>>Thats like saying your a car mechanic that fixes 20 cars a day but doesn't know a wrench from a screwdriver.<<<
Yes it is like that.I am a webmaster that builds 20 sites a day but doesn't know a 301 from a 302.Amazing hey!? Most of my sites were made on windows 95 using dreamweaver3 on a 2nd hand pass me down computer.Yet I made $400,000 profit last year.
I can't believe it myself.:)

twist

2:38 pm on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Well, if you made most the sites using dreamweaver 3 and have the ability to maintain all of them with so little effort that you have time to create 20 new websites a day. That tells me that none of these 500+ sites probably have shopping carts. So they are either generating money from donations or click-thru adds. I can't imagine many people feeling the need to donate money to a website that was created in 1/20 of a day, unless the website had certain "questionable" files available to download to paying members only. So I am going to go with click-thru ads as your source of profit, which makes me think of adult entertainment or spammer throwing up websites to collect google ads or something similiar.

My last and final guess is your a private eye that takes photos of people in compromising situations and then puts a webpage up with the pictures and tell them if they don't pay up you will sent a link to their significant other or parents.

rocknbil

7:32 pm on Dec 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yes, you have a valid gripe BUT I am knowledgable and I use such hosting firms and I wonder:
Why do these ISP tech support guys prefer to fix the problem behind the scenes and then tell me "I tried it and it seems to be working", instead of acknowledging that someone wasn't right . . .?

It was not a gripe, it was an explanation to another question. As for your question - can't answer that, our company doesn't work that way. If an upgrade was performed that disabled a site feature - our T.S. says so.

paybacksa

3:02 pm on Dec 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It was not a gripe, it was an explanation to another question.

Sorry... mine looks like a gripe though.

Dreamweaver3? Well, perhaps there's a clue. If I had 500 sites online from the days of Dreamweaver3 they would have pretty strong search engine perseverance...and high PR and how many high PR backlinks after what, 8 years online?

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