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Some background: I'm not a tech industry person, I'm a graphic designer expanding my capabilities to produce websites, and I do not have the luxury of a web team, I am the sole person responsible for my employer's website, I am organized under the Communications branch of the organization but I work with a small Technology team that handles the integrity of the servers and network connections.
Any suggestions for a better title than Webmaster?
The other option is take the same route tall troll mentioned, pick a 3 (or more) word title, using the biggest words you can, preferably in the english dictionary and preferably each being 3 syllables or more, so that it sounds 'smart', and no matter what make sure that the title you come up with sounds a lot like CEO (cause anything that sounds like CEO might cause people to think they are talking to someone important), and be extra careful to make sure that the literal translation from jargon to english does not describe your job.
The question still remains: "If not webmaster, then what?" Well, now days, most professional are specialists of some sort, so their title can come from that specialty, as many people have pointed out already.
I myself am a "Knowledge Intelligence Consultant" - meaning that my specialty is using AI and fuzzy logic to handle complex issues and create usable solutions to knowledge, metadata, and data related projects. This includes server administration, database administration, web development, application development, project management, and content management. So, my (rhetorical) question to you is: I have a specialist's title, but does it really mean anything, since it basically means the same thing as "webmaster"?
I am employed by a company, so I'm not a consultant. The company--its a school, really--has a librarian, so knowledge intelligence might imply I'm part of the library department, and I'm not.
>Web Design Engineer
This may imply that I'm a scientist or programmer, and I'm not. I have a B.A. in Fine Arts, not a B.S. in Engineering. Creative people would never use 'engineer' in their titles.
I think I'm leaning towards Director of Web Services or Manager of Web Services, even thouugh my salary level is non-management ...
Don't forget about politcal correctness nowadays. Many 'administrative assistants' would be insulted if you addressed them as 'secretaries'. Likewise, I feel 'webmaster' is just plain silly and inappropriate for the professional services I provide.
Plus, as I mentioned earlier, as the internet grows as a professional industry, new responsibilities and shifting/changing positions will create a need for appropriate job titles to accurately identify each staff member's role in an organization.
So job titles do matter.
Yep, they sure do - I used to work at a company that employed 30 people - 15 of them had "president" in their title. It went bust.
I think the problem for us web professionals occurs when our role is so diverse that no one title really adaquately describes what we do.
I've had official job titles of;
The best one so far is "Director of Design and Technology". But thats for a company of 4 ;)
But when I try to sum up all aspects of my skill set in one go I don't think there is a better word than webmaster. To me it brings up everything from TCP/IP, DB's Perl, through HTML on to Usabilty, Content/Copywriting, Graphics and SEO.
Everyone here has some subset of those skills, some will be more specialized than others. But we're all united by the term "webmaster". (If I were a girl I'd use "webgoddess" - "webmistress" sounds seedy ;))
Webmaster - outdated? nah - it's retro.