So for the past 11 years my day job has been as webmaster for the regional division of a large federal agency. Webmaster – cool title, isn’t it? I am not sure how the term “webmaster” came about but it’s been around for at least as long as I’ve been involved with making web sites.
In my case I think web site manager might be a better title. Webmaster does sound all powerful and knowing. And I can tell you for sure I don’t know everything there is to know about web site design, development, and programming. In fact I think I am more of a “jack of all trades, master of none”. I do some design, some coding, some editing. I work with two different content management systems and the behemoth called SharePoint. I troubleshoot “why is this page broken”. I train content authors and other “non-technical” people to mange and update their own web pages.
Here’s a page on about.com that attempts to answer the question “What is a Webmaster” and its interesting to see the comments at the end. Everybody seems to have an opinion. There is really no questioning many other job titles. You don’t hear a lot of people asking “What is a surgeon” or “What is a plumber”.
So, I’m not really sure if I’m a webmaster, web site manager, web programmer, web designer, web architect, or web site administrator. Maybe all of those things, maybe none. I always joke at work that they should call me “Web Goddess” and I usually get a laugh or at least a polite chuckle in response. They haven’t changed my title yet. But I’ll keep asking anyway.