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what was the process in attaining a position as a web administrator/developer?

Starting my training at job corps and want more information about the computer tech industry. #information-technology

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Charlie’s Answer

Hi Salvador,

I have experience as both a web admin and developer and I would say they are completely different. Currently I maintain/administer multiple WordPress sites and that's something I would say a High School student could do because it's basically just learning how to use a tool and clicking buttons. I think it's a great experience for anyone to have to better understanding of how the Internet works and related technologies. I suggest reaching out to local businesses and offering to help them setup a website if you want to try that out.

Being a developer it completely different - developers build frameworks like WordPress or develop plugins which can require deep technical understanding of how the WordPress code works (or build the whole thing from scratch without WordPress).

In terms of "attaining the position" I assume you mean getting a well paying job. In that case the traditional route is to get a CS degree but I've also seen lots of people do coding bootcamps which is another option. There are pros and cons to each that I wouldn't get into for the sake of brevity. But in general, I would suggest you not wait for a formal job but go develop something today that interests you. That will help you build your resume and help you figure out if you really want to be a web developer.
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Rebecca’s Answer

I am delighted that you would like to work in the Technology industry. I am not sure what levels of education you are at. Firstly, I would suggest you would need attend the college to have major in Computer Science. It gives you a general understanding on Computer theories and exposure on different programming languages.
If you are interested in Web Administrator/Developer, you can also try to setup your own website and develop the programs in your time leisure time. It can give you more experience and understanding on how it works.
On the other hand, you can explore any intern opportunities in the large corporate on the relevant position. It can help you to understand how the industry work and establish the network. It may help you to find a job after you graduation.
Also, you may consider to take the certification examination of Web Administrator/ Developer, e.g. Certified Java Developer, Certified Web Administrator, etc.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the advice. salvador
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Sameer’s Answer

Web developer is a pretty different role than a Web Administrator and both are equally challenging and interesting.

As a web developer you are trying to create new sites and new applications which would be used possibly by users from all across the globe. Interesting huh ! You can get started by using readymade Web site builders available online like WordPress. To develop yourself as a professional in this area, you would need to learn many more things. Technology knowledge is essential and you would heard words like HTML5, PHP, CSS, Javascript etc. You can get to know many of these through self-learning on the internet. But best would be to do few online certifications.

A Web Administrator could be a web developer too and could do all the above things. But the real difference is in terms of knowledge and responsibilities, Web admin would have to learn to deploy or host Websites, make the site secure, monitor the traffic and keep an eye on the performance of the site (No one goes twice to a very slow unresponsive site, right !). In order to do this, knowing more about the hardware and networking of the web hosting becomes important. Here again there are specialized trainings and certifications which help you develop as a professional Web administrator.
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Shirley’s Answer

Hi Salvador,

I have experience as a web developer. I'm not sure what level of developing software you are. So I would suggest you attend college to get Computer Science degree. Also, you may take certification examination for related certificate as add on.

Good Luck!
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