What is a webmaster?

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Freelance Webmaster

A webmaster is a general term for a job that is responsible for overall website support services. Webmaster services may include varying levels of  website management like web development, website maintenance, content management, social media, and marketing or web design. A webmaster’s role is to take care of general duties involved in building, overall management, and maintenance of a website.

A freelance webmaster is hired for a specific set of tasks, not a permanent position.   Examples of this type of work may include: cleaning hacked websites, securing websites, upgrading code, updating/changing content, or making design changes.

Webmaster Roles

Webmaster roles will depend on the job description that has been defined by the site owner that needs to hire a webmaster. Often, a webmaster takes care of ongoing website support services after a site is built, where a web architect, in conjunction with a web designer and/or web developer would build the site initially.

Areas of website support could include:

  • Website Design
  • Website Content Management
  • Web Server Administration
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Social Media Management
  • Customer Support from the Website
  • Website Analytics and Tracking
  • Management of web hosting, domains, and other third party services.
  • Building and updating web pages
  • Fixing Website Errors

The list can go on and on. Just like “doctor” is a general term, and could also be called a physician, specialist, surgeon… A webmaster could also be a webmistress, web designer, web developer, web programmer, website repair guy,  website manager.

So on top of being a web programmer, I also provide webmaster services freelance. Working with a freelancer is a great solution for small business owners that need website support, but don’t need a full-time web developer.

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So if you are looking for a webmaster, you could take the following approaches:

  • hire a webmaster company (you will most likely need to commit to a number of hours a month),
  • search for providers on job board site
  • or work one on one with a freelance web developer that takes on smaller jobs when you need it.

Webmaster Services

Freelance webmaster services can include just about any type of website support and general website maintenance you would need. A nice thing about hiring a webmaster freelance is that it doesn’t require a contract or long term commitment. This makes it a good option for small businesses that don’t require a lot of ongoing website support. Simply submit a request for website help, I take care of it and bill you in increments as small as 15 minutes.

WordPress Webmaster

Wordpress Vulnerability A webmaster for WordPress is a more specialized role.

There is a lot more maintenance involved with a WordPress site because of how it is built with being able to add functionality very easily through plugins. Another reason is because it is so popular, it is often a target of hackers.

I have built hundreds of WordPress sites over almost  20 years that I have been working with WordPress.  I am a WordPress developer, but can be considered a freelance WordPress webmaster too. I provide WordPress support services like

to keep your code up to date and site secure.

WordPress is a great platform to build a website quickly and manage content easily, but because of the need for ongoing code updates, maintenance is required to keep it updated and secure. WordPress webmaster services are a great solution for keeping your site running secure, fast and up to date.

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