Many people are wondering if there’s any difference between a webmaster and a web developer. The short answer is yes, there is a difference. In a nutshell, a webmaster can do what a web developer can, but a web developer can’t do everything that a webmaster can. A web developer develops website functionalities while a webmaster develops website functionalities and also does search engine optimization, marketing, web design and more.
A webmaster, on the other hand, can be called as a “jack of all trades” because webmasters know almost anything and everything related to running a website. They know how to read and write codes, how to implement a good UI and UX, how to fix website and server errors, they have marketing and SEO knowledge, and more. It seems pretty daunting if you look at it, but the reality, however, is that nowadays, a webmaster is mostly managing and optimizing a website and/or a server as well as a group of people that includes a web developer, a web designer, an SEO specialist, a marketer, writers, editors, etc. You can think of them as a project lead or project manager.
If webmasters can do what a web developer can and more, then it’s safe to assume that a webmaster is a highly skilled individual. Most webmasters know web design, UX and UI design, web development, marketing, SEO, and other related fields. Although they may not have an in-depth knowledge of everything, they understand everything; at the very least, at an intermediate level (basic for entry-level webmasters) and they know how they all work and fit together to create a “perfect” website.
What is a “perfect” website? It’s a website that offers quality targeted content, has a good UI and UX, loads fast, has a very few errors, is search engine optimized, etc. In reality, there is no single “perfect website” that has everything that everyone needs. A perfect website in our case is a website that, when a user finds it, they’ll tell themselves, “oh this is the perfect website I’ve been looking for!” In other words, it gives its target audience what he or she needs or wants and the website easy to use. We could go further and discuss how to create a successful website in detail, but that’s not our topic here. It’s still kind of related because it is the webmaster’s duty to make his/her or his/her client’s website successful.
Of course! Oftentimes, this the career path most web developers take. After they’ve become seasoned web developers, they start learning web design, SEO, marketing, and other related skills which inevitably lead to becoming a webmaster. Most seasoned webmasters are actually the older ones as they’ve seen trends come and go and have experienced working with different people and websites. It can be a long and arduous road but it’s certainly worth it.
Actually, anyone who starts specializing in any field related to the internet can become a webmaster. You can be a webmaster specializing in SEO or specializing in internet marketing. It’s the most logical approach: you learn one internet-related field and master it, then soon enough, you’ll learn others along the way. You might even consider learning some of them up to advanced levels. That’s when a webmaster is born.
The term “webmaster” is actually an old term. Back in the earlier days of the internet, it was easier to become a full-time webmaster with a deep understanding of every term related to running a website. But as websites grow more and more complex, it is becoming very hard to master everything. Therefore, nowadays, it’s more viable to specialize in one field and learn others in a way that it’s enough for you to understand how they work and how they affect each other.
Modern webmasters are mostly people who have a “major” field and who also understand every other field at an intermediate level. One example is a webmaster who deeply understands SEO but he also understands web development – he can write basic scripts and programs but he can’t really build complex systems and architecture. The point here is that he knows how codes work, and by understanding that, he can make better decisions in SEO and in the overall plan to make their websites successful.
There is a huge difference between a webmaster and a web developer. However, the two are closely related because if you start a web development career, you can eventually upgrade yourself as a webmaster specializing in web development.