A website developer is concerned with the designing, programming and development of websites for the internet. Their job description involves both creative and technical skills. Apart from designing new websites, web developers are also associated with the maintenance and up gradation of existing websites.
Technical aspects of the job
A website developer needs to be technologically conversant as their job requires them to write extensive lines of programming codes. Besides, they also have to check the website for any possible technical glitches and solve them, if any.
They provide for any functionality the site might support. For example, if the site has an online store, they provide for the mode in which financial transactions are to be managed. Then they upload the website onto a server and register it with the various search engines.
Creativity and personal attributes
Web development is not merely restricted to the development of the website. It is also concerned with how a site will look, in other words its design and layout. This requires creative and aesthetic sense in the web developer.
Personal attributes that make a good developer are as follows:
- Effective communication and good interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work in a team and multitask.
- Ability to meet deadlines and time schedules.
- Have a knack for problem solving in the case of trouble shooting.
Web developers recommend the colours and graphics to be used in the website. They need to have a good knowledge of image manipulation and web designing software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and Webmaster etc. Therefore one of the most vital skills of a developer is their creativity and imagination. They need to have these skills in order to have an innovative approach and make each site look different than the other.
Knowledge of various styling techniques such as Cascading Styling Sheets (CSS) and their intelligent application is an added advantage.