When do you 'become a Webmaster'?
You could assume from the title of the first page in this tutorial
that I considered that
I became a webmaster when I started using .htaccess. Not entirely true, that was coincidental...
but it does lead to an important (and perhaps unanswerable) question:
Is a webmaster a technical or a business job?
I've found it to be a mixture of both and a little bit more.
So, when do you become a webmaster - what event signifies the crossing
of the line?
For me, becoming a webmaster was born out of the business need of a friend. He needed a technical
solution to a business problem as quickly and as cheaply as possible.
A friend in need
In February 2003 a friend who knew that I was "in computers" bought a domain
name and wanted to get a site up and running to promote his latest project.
I gave him a little advice (not realising the potential for me of this project). Within a week
he was totally disillusioned by the unreturned phone calls from his hosting
company (and with the world wide web itself) and... it suddenly clicked that perhaps I could
take over the whole kit and caboodle for him.
I phoned the hosting company he had bought his web space from, I phoned the companies that I
had short listed for my own hosting needs (and none of these turned out to be adequate in
the long run), I hassled them for service and price,
I convinced my friend that he should exercise his 30-day money back guarantee and pay me rather
than his current provider...
and I breathed deeply.
I had become a Webmaster!
I was using my technical and business skills to create and maintain a web presence for
another person / entity.
Perhaps that is an overly simplistic definition for some, but, put simply, that is all
I was doing.
Obviously, things have progressed a little since then (as I'm still here to talk
[Content of this page last reviewed: 12-Jun-2004]