Have you ever been curious about the differences between a Web Designer, Web Developer & WebMaster? Read on to learn what they do!
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“Being a web designer is so easy. Anyone can make a website!”
With the influx of website creation tools like WordPress, Squarespace and Wix, it IS very easy to create your own sites. But being a web designer is more than just using these tools and default themes. It’s more than getting stock photos added to your site, and it’s more than putting together basic images in Canva (which is awesome, by the way!).
Honestly, I’m glad these resources are here. Do you know how much work it takes to build a site from scratch? It’s what I used to do back in the day and it was a great thing to learn because you can create a wide variety of site styles that you just don’t see anymore. But it is a lot of time and effort and if you do this for a client, a lot of money.
I personally love WordPress and all those web creation tools, because of the ease of use, the various themes and the different things you can play around with. My only issue with these creators is that sometimes, all the sites look very similar.
And that’s where the differences comes in. Yes it’s easy to put together a site, but it’s a whole other ball game to make a site stand out from the rest. Most web designers will also be graphic designers, and that’s where the brand comes into play and can take your site to a new level.
So what’s the difference between a Webmaster, Web Designer and Web Developer? You might have heard some things about them already, and it might be interpreted differently from me. This is how I view them.
Differences between a Web Designer, Web Developer and Webmaster
Web Developer – Web developers are a lot different, in that they focus on the back-end and mechanics of the site. They handle programming, database management and all the good stuff that makes the site, forums, and shops run. Most web developers don’t have experience in design work, but it’s possible for one person to handle both aspects of a web developer and a web designer.
Webmaster – A webmaster manages and maintains the site as a whole. Back in the day, a person who created their site AND maintained it, pretty much called themselves a webmaster. It’s one of those terms that has evolved over the years and not one you hear about as much as the other two any more.
And there you have it. Now we have website creation tools which kind of takes out the middleman and combines the web designer in with the webmaster. In fact, there are MANY different terms out there – I won’t even bother going into them, but there are a lot of different roles out there depending on the job.
Now, you’re reading this because maybe you’re in the early stages of being a web designer and want to learn more, or maybe you are a pro and you want to see if I know what I’m talking about or maybe you are a virtual assistant who wants to add web design to their services page.
Well, you’re all in luck! In the next week’s blog post, I’ll be providing you with the tools you need to start learning how to be a web designer, and to also add depth into what you’re already doing. This will also be great for VA’s wanting to add a new skill set to your already amazing skills. And for you pros, this is where you come in to help out! We want to stick together. You might just possibly learn something new, but you also might have something you can pass along as well.
Keep in mind that what I’ll be going over is just web design and/or webmaster stuff. I won’t be going over being a web developer because that’s not what this site is about. I want to help those who want to learn new skills, those who want to get better, and those who can turn our group into a fun and faithful community.
In the meantime, if you haven’t yet, you’ll want to download my free Web Design Starter Kit. This is a huge packet full of all the info and tools you’ll need to get started. Over time, I will be going over bits and pieces of it in my blog, but for now, you can grab the Starter Kit and get a head start!
Talk to you soon!
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