Website developers, commonly called webmasters, are highly in demand because businesses and organizations all over the world recognize the importance of having their presence known via the World Wide Web. A webmaster has a wide range of work, and he can focus on specific areas only. The areas a webmaster can work on are programming and website development, web design, website maintenance, development of database, and maintenance of server, among others.
There are lots of programs provided by schools to become a webmaster. Usually, these programs are geared toward learning certain web design software programs. A formal education is also an option, courses on programming which cover Java and other programming language, can be a good advantage if one will develop a website without using developed web design software. One does not need to have a computer science degree or a college diploma to become a webmaster. However, one needs to learn basic programming language, the most basic is HTML. Then depending on the kind of software that will be used, learning Java will be an advantage. There are courses that provide a certificate at the end of the course. There is really no need to be certified if one did not enroll in a formal course, since being a webmaster is not like other professions where one needs to be licensed. What counts more is one's experience and expertise. When looking for a job, a webmaster will have to show his portfolio.
Aside from short courses on programming and web development available in schools, those who are fast learners can also look for webmaster resources over the Internet. For example, Google Webmaster provides a venue for web design enthusiasts to discuss and share information and how to's. Another site, Webmasterpro, also provides intensive resources for webmasters. It also provides information on the latest software. Some have free trial versions of this software and can be downloaded off the Net. Short courses on the use of design software like Flash and Adobe Photoshop are very helpful especially for those who are focused on web design. There are also short courses on programming that can be useful for those focused on web architecture.
There are also lots of other websites that give a guide to programmers who are still learning web design, and helpful step-by-step videos on how to create a website are also available. Tutorials, tips and links to informative websites are provided by sites like Webmasterpro.
Because technology is always evolving, it is essential for a webmaster to keep up with the development. This means that even though he does not go through a formal continuing education program, he needs to look for information on the web from time to time. It also helps to be part of a forum for webmasters. One will have to invest some money in training, but most training only takes days, weeks or months, and not years. Most of the best webmasters are "self taught," and they find ways to learn new techniques and new software without having to rely on an educational institution.