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9:47 am on Jun 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hello guys!

I'm just wondering, where does the life of a webmaster begin? Is it when he thinks of creating his web site even without working for it yet? Or is it by the time he is already managing a certain site?

Well, I'm just a bit lost and am presently contemplating on the really fast turn-over of events in my life now as a webmaster.

Thanks.

epithet

1:40 pm on June 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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where does the life of a webmaster begin?

Me: Dude, your web pages need work! Look at this, it's a wonder anyone can even see them.

Friend: Looks OK to me.

Me: You're number 30 in the search results, I know you can do better than that. Ever hear of metatags and keywords?

Friend: No, but see if you can get me in the top 10.

Another webmaster was born. (My birthdate is Sept 6, 2003) This event happened several years after I had already created (copied) my first web pages. And it was still a while before I felt comfortable with the moniker Webmaster. Now you can't shut me up :)

9:51 am on June 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Wow! I'm happy for you

So is it agreed upon that the life of a webmaster starts when he/she has already a web site to manage?

epithet

1:52 pm on June 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I think it amounts to what web site it is that is being managed. There are plenty of people with web sites out there, but would you call them masters? Probably not.

Same with food. Lots of people feed themselves, but would you call them master chefs?

It's all about when you gain the skill set I think.

3:30 pm on June 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If you can make a living off your sites OR someone will pay you to run their sites then that is my definition of a "webmaster".

This view may be tainted by my need to make money.

9:57 am on June 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Webmasters are web people who -- more often than not -- are missed to be acknowledged because despite of them being untrained neophyte fumblers, they are actually the ones who are most profoundly changing the face of computing, the computer industry, and in fact, humanity.

They can be any of the following:

System administrator
For some, a webmaster is the person who runs the web server, installs and configures the web server software, manages usage and security, and installs other applications such as chat rooms and multimedia.
Application programmer
For others, a webmaster is a person who also writes programs in Perl, JavaScript, C++, or Java that enable interaction and data processing on the website.
Technical communicator
An essential skill for webmasters is the ability to communicate effectively to specific audiences using words, color, images, audio, and video.
Graphic & media design specialist
For still others, the webmaster conceptualizes the overall logic and design of the site, designs the web pages, creates graphics and other media, and in general works with the client to achieve that person's business, organizational, professional, or commercial requirements for the website.

So for this matter, a webmaster's life begins when he builds a web site TO BE MANAGED. And when we say manage it means he will surely perform SEO jobs for it.

Agree guys?

epithet