Webmasters’ Day

GoDaddy.com, the world’s largest domain name registrar, originally came up with the idea to declare April 29 as Webmasters’ Day. Nobody knows better than GoDaddy how crucial the webmaster is to any business or group that relies on its website for commerce or communication. “The Internet wouldn’t be where it is today without this underappreciated group who keep content on the ‘net fresh,” GoDaddy.com CEO and Founder Bob Parsons said. “I think a day to remind everyone of how vital Webmasters are is way overdue.” The non-profit professional association World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) also supports Webmasters Day in collaboration with business and industry. Webmasters play a pivotal role in any organization’s structure today. They serve their customers with a broad range of skills including strong technical, design, business, and project management skills.

Web Developers

The terms webmaster, web developer, and web programmer are often used interchangeably. Webmasters maintain sites that either they or others have created. Some web developers work for large or small organizations maintaining a company website, while others start their own businesses. Web developers use various coding and scripting languages. The two most important languages are HTML and JavaScript, but others include: PHP, Perl, Java, ASP, .Net, etc. Web developers have expertise in creating effective, interactive CSS-based web interfaces, user-friendly site-wide navigation, and writing search engine friendly content. A web developer’s skillset will also incorporate eCommerce, databases, streaming video and audio media,  HTML editors such as Dreamweaver, and FTP (file transfer protocol). Studying modern website promotional techniques like SEO, social media, email marketing and blogging are also among the many hats that good web developers wear. Many web developers teach themselves HTML and acquire other necessary computer skills on their own. Two- and four-year college degrees are also available.

Web Designers

Web Design is a related field that emphasizes principles of art and graphic design, preparing students to work as web page designers and media-rich content producers for commercial, educational, and Internet sites. Web designers are experienced in the visual aspects of marketing, solving design and compositional problems, and creating graphics in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash. Web designers often begin their careers as graphic designers or layout artists for advertising firms or publishing companies. After learning the appropriate computer skills, they can transfer their artistic experience to the online world. Web designers know what colors, fonts, images, and page layouts are the most aesthetically pleasing, and employ their artistic talents to make a website visually appealing. In large companies, the web designer may be part of a team of people working on a website along with web programmers and web writers. For personal and small business websites, the design may simply be done by the webmaster/ web developer.

Free Web Tutorials Online

Writing HTML – A tutorial for creating web pages. By the time you have reached the end of this tutorial you will be able to construct a series of linked web pages for any subject that includes formatted text, pictures, and hypertext links to other web pages on the Internet. Here, you will be writing a lesson called Volcano Web. However, this tutorial may be used by anyone who wants to create web pages. From the Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction.

Web Adventure Tutorials – Easy to use self-paced beginning tutorials with tips and encouragement for new web page builders.

Web Standards Curriculum – A course designed to give anyone a solid grounding in web design/development, no matter who they are—it is completely free to use, accessible, and assumes no previous knowledge.

HTML Training – HTML educational materials for beginners from the W3C, the international standards organization for the World Wide Web.

Google Code University – Here are free courses and video lectures about technologies used for web programming. These topics show you how to create interactive web applications that go beyond static web pages. A good one to start with is “HTML, CSS, and JavaScript from the Ground Up.”

W3Schools.com – The world’s largest web development site, for beginners and experts alike. W3Schools includes step by step instruction on the basics of HTML document writing, along with more advanced tutorials to choose from. With their “Try it Yourself” editor you can experiment with the code and view the result in your browser. You can also take online quizzes and see how you score. NOTE: W3Schools is NOT affiliated with the W3C, the international standards organization for the World Wide Web. W3Schools offers certifications (for a fee) ; however, they are not accredited by any governing bodies and won’t be recognized by employers. To get a certificate for your own use, you simply need to pass a quiz with 75% correct answers; you can take the quizzes online for free.


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