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Web Masters

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Who are these so-called webmasters? What exactly do they do? How do they contribute to the overall effectiveness and performance of a company website?

Who are they?

Generally speaking, Web Masters is a term devoted to a person or persons responsible for development and optimum maintenance of a website/s. The word itself usually gives a false impression of the mastery of only one skill [web maintenance]; but it’s actually a collaboration of several skills rolled into one. One can say that in the strictest sense of the word, a Web Master handles all technical aspects of a Web site.

In view of this, he or she must have several skills and important abilities to properly develop and manage corporate or e-commerce websites.

What exactly do they do?

Since Web Masters deal with technicalities of Web Sites, it is but natural that a person who considers himself a Web Master must have certain qualities in order to effectively and efficiently perform his duties in delivering high-quality/high performing sites.

Just like any profession, there are specializations and areas of expertise in this job. Even among their own circle, Web Masters generally have different job definition and job description for their own work. Functions also differ when it comes to scale of work done for the business:

A. Large scale website operation

Usually done by a ” Web Team” – tasked to provide overall site policies and implement:

o Organization of essential technical resources

o Running new Programs and Web content

o Brainstorm on Web design improvements

B. Small/ Medium scale website operation

Done by one or two Webmaster/s -tasked to:

o Create the Website

o Upload and run it

o Regularly update it according to needs, preferences or applicability in situation for whatever product/service the business is offering.

Any of the following jobs may also be considered performing the functions of a Web Master: Technical Communicator, Systems Administrator, Graphic & Media Design Specialist or an Application Programmer. All of which handles a variety of details pertaining to the development and maintenance of company Sites including: security, database integration and programming, design modifications, network and systems administration, maintenance of site maps, site promotion assistance, monitor error logs, report potential problems, check presentation and readability in various browsers on various platforms, verification of live links, provide first-level user support and even a certain degree of business management and customer feedback/assistance.

How to Spot a Good Web Master?

Certain qualities need to stand out if you want to find the right Web Master. Competent ones must have: [1] skills in HTML, CGI, JavaScript, Perl, and UNIX [2] savvy understanding of web technology [3] keen eye for detail [4] at least a year of full-time web development experience [5] impeccable communications skills [6] thoroughness [7] acquainted with W3C guidelines [8] exceptional intelligence and professionalism

Where to Find Professional Web Masters?

It is essential for you to have the right person/people for the most important website in the NET – your corporate website. Don’t settle for someone who has doubtful credentials. Web Masters need to be reliable, smart, and easily able to trouble shoot any problems encountered by your site.

Screening is an essential process when entertaining thoughts of hiring a Web Master or a Web Team. That is why majority of the currently progressive enterprise in diverse industries rely heavily in outsourcing firms Offshore consulting firms will readily and easily screen and provide you with a short list of highly qualified professionals able to meet the usual rigors of maintaining, developing and even outperforming other competitors in internet presence. Not to mention obtaining such quality service within your company budget.

In this information age, Web Masters are principal factors in the success of your corporate site. So take note of what’s above and hire only the best and the brightest in this business.

eCommerce Development and Business Dynamics

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

The number of Internet users are burgeoning rapidly throughout the globe. While in the developed nations, it has already reach a saturation level, in growing economies like India, internet penetration is becoming stronger. Internet grew as an empowerment for common people and a massive business platform for enterprises. Among numerous trends that internet brought among people, eCommerce emerged as a massive disruption in business dynamics and in lifestyle of commoners. It brought the lavishness of shopping right at the clicks on the computer or taps on mobile devices, while, products as well as services reach the doorsteps.

eCommerce has become a proven profitable venture with considerably low investment and high profit. However, the profit part is dependent of several factors. It can become a complex business to handle, as it involves many critical operations right from accumulation of products, delivery, customer services to maintenance of technology, massive human resources, and warehouses. Only a seamless tandem in all these operations can lead to a running eCommerce business, that can bring good Return on Investment.

To venture into eCommerce, prospective business owners must first find a dependable firm to develop the central platform or the web portal. They can also hire technology experts for in-house development, but it brings along the cost of development and technology infrastructure. In the primary stages, many other operations, like collecting products from vendors and marketing are required. Hence, outsourcing the development of the platform becomes a profitable option. Businesses would only need to find a good eCommerce Development company.

Since, technology is a central aspect in eCommerce industry, adequate importance is given in web development for creating the web portal. This thrust in technology propelled a dynamic boost in IT sector. Especially, application development, web development and technologies like PHP has found their ways to massive popularity and importance in current business landscape. In fact, there is a competition among businesses to buy the best technology or to develop the best platform.

In eCommerce, the web portal, or the technology is at the center of all its operations. It is not only the interface of the business with consumers, but also the prime mechanism in which the business runs. The website serves multiple purposes all at the same time and it is that single touch point of all major interactions with consumers. Accessibility of services and abundance of features in the web portal is a secret mantra for success in eCommerce. Therefore, the imperatives of technology in this business is the central focus for enterprises and owners.

Importance of Browser Compatibility in Web Design

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Though browser compatibility is an important part of successful web design, I found that most of the clients are ignorant of this fact. Throughout my career in web development I found very few client who mention this aspect in their requirement document. I shall not hold them solely responsible for this. I came across many colleagues (web programmers) in my tenure in the field of web design who also do not take proper care of this aspect.

Now I shall explain the browser compatibility issue from my experience. Hope you will enjoy the reading and it will be helpful for you in future.

What happened when a viewer opens a web page? He sends the request to open a particular web page by giving the URL (universal resource locator) in the form of “http://www” (http means hyper text transfer protocol and protocol means rules) to the server via a software application. This software application is called the ‘Browser’. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari etc. are the examples of such browsers. The browser connects the server through the Internet gateway. We send the request to the modem through the computer’s IP number.

Modem sends the request to the ISP’s (Internet Service Provider) IP number and finally connects it to the Domain Name Server (DNS), the server which keeps the mapping of the IP and the Domains). After connecting the web page, ISP sends the contents of that web page to the requesting computer through the browser. Whatever may be the form of the info, it comes in the form of html (hypertext mark-up language) only and the browser converts this html to normal output what we understand. That is why html is called a client side scripting language. So, a visitor can open a web page using any of the well-known browsers he likes. The choice of the browser may vary according to the availability of the browser, using habit of the particular cluster of viewers etc.

Here lies the basic problem. Because each browser does not read the HTML code in the same fashion and you, being the site owner, do not have any control on which Internet browser will be used to view your site.

What may happen if a website is not built compatible to multiple browsers?

Non-compatibility to multiple browsers normally does not effect the functionalities of a website. Rather it mostly affects the design view of a site, which creates the first long lasting impression on a viewers mind. A website may be displayed perfectly in a particular version of IE, but may look much different in Fire fox and even in other versions of IE also. The whole thing depends on the level of complexity of the design. In case of simple designs, if some conventions like W3C validation and standard resolution of 1024 pixels X 768 pixels are followed during the development process, normally it does not create any problem. But in case of a complex design, lot of other things should be taken care of. Now, to the best of my ability I shall try to write down some suggestions for the site owners and the web designers. It is nothing new; but may act as a reminder during the development process.

My suggestions for the website owners: It is a common practice for a good web development company to make all the websites compatible to two major browsers, named Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Still I like to say a few words to the respectable site owners.

Don’t forget to mention this aspect in your work specifications document.

Set your target audience and try to anticipate their browsing habits. Suppose your target audience is the viewers of Western Europe and there, viewers prefer Safari to IE or Mozilla. Then you have tell your website designer to make it compatible to Safari and at least another one of global acceptance like IE and Mozilla. You may have your website compatible to more than two browsers at time. But it may cost you few bucks more.

My suggestion for the web developers: Even if your client doesn’t mention anything about the browser compatibility or is ignorant of the fact totally, it is your moral obligation to make it compatible to the most frequently used version of IE and Mozilla (IE 6.0 & Mozilla 3.0). If the client is specific about his choice of browsers then get relaxed. There are many tools available that will help you to make your Website compatible to multiple browsers. Alternatively you can download a version each of the browsers you need and test your Web site in each of them. It is important to know that most of the discrepancies you will find are because of the different ways the browsers handle erroneous code.

Always try to get the HTML coding of your website W3C validation by using validating tools.

Develop the web site of your client by setting your computer’s resolution to 1024 pixels x 768 pixels. This resolution is fairly common and should take care of almost all your visitors, including those using wide screen monitors and laptops.

It is a common practice for the web programmers to apply CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) for designing purposes. They develop many CSS classes that are applied to different HTML components. While creating a CSS class remember that a single CSS class may behave differently in different browsers. So you have to develop a CSS class in such a way, that in different browsers the HTML output looks alike and get it tested properly before implementation of the same.

Above all keep the design structure as simple as possible. It will help you to sort out the browser compatibility factor easily.