What is a Webmaster Anyway?
I'm a Certified Webmaster. That is my title. I earned the certificate by passing a series of classes and tests. I was #1 in my class :)
But what is a "Webmaster" anyway? And who can claim to have "mastered" the web?
The Internet is a massive, growing, living thing that is run by billions of web servers and billions of websites. It's like The Blob! (OK, I just dated myself). So I wonder who came up with the title of Webmaster? It certainly had to be someone with a huge ego.
So, of course I Googled it. I typed in "what is a webmaster" and Wikipedia explained it to me in 1 click:
A webmaster (from web and master), also called a web architect, web developer, site author, or website administrator, is a person responsible for maintaining one or many websites. The duties of the webmaster may include ensuring that the web servers, hardware and software are operating correctly, designing the website, generating and revising web pages, A/B testing, replying to user comments, and examining traffic through the site. As a general rule, professional webmasters must also be well-versed in Web transaction software, payment-processing software, and security software....
Alright, I must be a webmaster because I can do that - especially the hightly technical duty of replying to user comments.
Next, I Googled "Who coined the term webmaster"? That is what I really wanted to know.
This resulted in a few websites that gave me the same answer: An employee at Microsoft came up with that term.That explains it! No one has mastered the web.
Kristi Dittmann is Webmaster at W3Now Web Design.
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