Steps To Becoming A Webmaster

A webmaster is a professional who creates websites and promotes them on the internet.There are many available tools that enable people to set up websites without the need to have some intricate knowledge in web technologies. Setting up such a website doesn’t make one a webmaster. Troubleshooting and realizing the required results (traffic) does. This checklist will take you through the information you need and the steps required to make you a webmaster.
It is important to note that even though you may be interested in all the aspects of web development, what is required is only an understanding of the underlying principles. Once this is grasped, web development projects are usually handled by more than one professional for quality work and speed.

1. Get Your Layout And Designs Right

The design and creation of web layout and web pages is usually a result of assessing the objectives of the web site owner and their intended goals. The first step in this process in understanding how a client is served as they move from the landing page to their areas of interest. The skill needed here is development of concept and design. Good communication skills are also important.

2. Understand HTML And CSS

Once the concept development is done, the next thing is being able to develop a graphic design with the correct colors and have these pages displayed on a browser. A good understanding of the graphic design process and the development of HTML and CSS layouts is needed to create the user interface and the layout of content.

3. Host Your Website And Its Databases

Initially, a simple website can be placed on the local host computer for testing. However as the site is moved to launch, it is required to be hosted on a web server, easily accessible to the world. A good understanding of how the internet works, and server and domain hosting is essential. Webmasters should also know how to set up a database and use structured query language (SQL) to access the databases.

4. Develop Server Side Scripting

For dynamic websites, It is required that the website received and sends information to a database and have some requests serviced. That is accomplished using languages such as Perl, PHP, Ruby, and JAVA, that resides on the server. There are many more languages that can be used for Server-side Scripting and a webmaster should at the very least be able to use one.

5. Develop Client Side Scripting

Scripts that service requests from the server may not be good solutions for some tasks which must occur immediately as users interact with web pages. In such a case, client-side scripting is used. Various technologies such as Javascript and AJAX are used to give the required interaction and responses on the website pages. A webmaster should learn such technologies and understand how they work.

6. Search Engine And Social Optimization

To ensure that a website is promoted, webmasters must ensure that the content is optimized using relevant keyword strategies and that it is shared easily on social media. A webmaster must know how to optimize content both for search engines and also for social media. With these skills, they can easily oversee the SEO and SMO analysts as they optimize the website.
Acquiring skill as a Webmaster takes time and interested developers should be patient to go through the learning cycle. However, with a good understanding of these technologies, webmasters find their jobs rewarding and full of growth opportunities.

By Dr. Ataollah Etemadi