How to Become a Webmaster

The webmaster has a very important position either in a corporation or a self-owned business. Essentially the webmaster is tasked with ensuring the company website stays afloat. In the event you are part of a hosting company, you will be responsible for many websites simultaneously. Do you think this is a responsibility you can handle? Do you think you have what it takes to become a webmaster?

Becoming a webmaster is a great ambition. The purpose of the webmaster is to take care of web pages, and perhaps even host them. Whether or not you have the skills for it is usually a matter of opinion, but there are a few definite skills that you will need if you want to either progress in the job or get the job in the first place.

You will need computer skills, and these skills need to be far above the most basic. You need to know HTML, CSS, Javascript, among other programming languages. You will also need to know how to repair a computer if it goes down, and you need to know the ins and outs of running server applications. When you are the webmaster there is usually no one to help you. The reason for this is that it is normally inconvenient to have two webmasters running around getting in eachother's way, so the webmaster needs to be able to troubleshoot and solve problems all on his or her own.

There are two ways to obtain the necessary skills: by yourself or with the aid of a teacher. If you choose to go with a teacher then you will most likely be enrolling in a community college or trade school. The best part about enrolling in a school is that you will be able to put it on your resume, and most businesses will not hire a webmaster that lacks a college education.

You could choose to do it on your won, and there are some companies that will hire you regardless, but most people will go into business for themselves if they decide to pick up a book and learn at home. There are many things to learn, all the way from programming languages, to server operations, and even the different operating systems.

Most web servers are UNIX based, so make sure you know that particular system inside and out before you move on to other applications (it should be emphasized in your IT webmaster resume). Once you get all of this down, you will be amazed at just what you can do. That being said, it's time to decide how you want to go about learning, or whether you have the skills you need to start out in the business right now. It's up to you, and there is a whole world of opportunity out there.


Gail Esparan