Thursday, June 21, 2018

16 Qualities Every Great Webmaster Has

I have been a webmaster for 6 years, for now, I have learned a lot in the past 6 years. Here are the qualities I think every successful webmaster should have:

Great Webmasters Know Basic Programming

You can't be a great webmaster if you don't know basic PHP, basic JS, basic BASH, basic PYTHON and basic HTML/CSS. You can't be code-illiterate if you want to be a great webmaster. Many times, you have to handle code yourself, and you can't always hire someone to write basic tasks for you.

Great Webmasters Don't Rely on cPanel

We all have started working cPanel, but a successful webmaster doesn't just rely on cPanel to manage a website. You will need to have root access to a server and some point and execute many commands that generally cPanel can't easily do.

Great Webmasters Don't Use Shared Hosting

Seriously, if you use Shared Hosting for any website,  you should consider moving to a dedicated hosting. The 'Unlimited Bandwidth and Storage' is a classic, old-fashioned and misleading hosting scam that has been going on for decades.  Shared Hosting generally goes down many times and limits the number of users you can have on your site at a time which is the opposite of what you want. 

Great Webmasters Don't Break US Laws

If you run pirated (movies, music or torrents) or rogue websites, then your profits will be short-term and eventually, you will be charged and your domain would be seized. There are thousands of previous websites which operated illegally and now are seized. You should hire American lawyers and make sure you are compliant with US laws; you should also register your website in the DMCA copyright office and handle any copyright violations that occur on your website.

Great Webmasters Hire

Good webmasters aren't afraid to hire people when in need. You can't expect yourself to do it all, and if you expect that, you are destined to fail. A website is very demanding (on the front-end, back-end, database, server maintenance, etc...) and at some point, you will want experts to handle specific issues on your website.

Great Webmasters Care About Profit

You're not a charity. Great webmasters care about profit and don't operate websites that generate small to no profit. If your website is not generating good income or good traffic, you should not give up and keep trying until you achieve your goals. Not all websites are destined to succeed, so if a website has failed for years, it might be time to launch another one.

Great Webmasters Don't Mess With Google

If you're a webmaster, then you should know that Google plays a huge part in your success. Almost half of your traffic could be sent from Google and you should know that you should never mess with Google Webmaster Guidelines in order to boost your ranks. The only way to rank up in Google Search is to have original content and trigger a good user experience - that is all. Many webmasters dive into Black-SEO in order to attempt to cheat the system and eventually almost get punished and lose their rankings. There are no magic formulas to rank you up on Google.

Great Webmasters Put User Experience on Top

If your profits are at the expense of user experience, then definitely you are doing something wrong. User experience should remain a top priority on the website and plays an important factor in a website's success. You should make sure that you create the best experience possible for users that visit your site. As Google once said: "Focus on the user and everything else will follow".

Great Webmasters Don't Sell Personal Information

It is very easy for a webmaster to be able to collect personal information such as email, IP addresses, names, addresses, etc... Great webmasters don't sell personal information no matter how much it could be profitable. This is a matter of ethics and you should be very careful not to fall into this trap.

Great Webmasters Don't Mine Bitcoins Without User Consent 

If you're secretly mining bitcoins on your user's CPU, you're a dick and a moron, period. Great webmasters don't engage in this malicious activity which could push away your users permanently.

Great Webmasters Don't Get Hacked 

Your website, database(s) and server(s) are your own responsibility and you should ensure that you use high-security standards (such as two-step authentication, public and private keys, etc...) in order not to get breached. Getting hacked or breached could be extremely embarrassing or cause permanent data loss.

Great Webmasters Backup 

You should be doing daily backups to your servers, and most importantly your database. If you don't backup very often, you should know that you're playing with fire and data loss is more frequent than you think. 

Great Webmasters Care About Speed

Users aren't patient. If your website is taking more than 2s to load, you could be losing up to 50% of users on mobile. This is quite serious. You should do your best to load your website as fast as possible and use caching and other means to make this goal achievable.

Great Webmasters Adapt to Change

Adapt or die. If you're not adapting to the changes that are happening on the web, then you're going to flop soon. For example, many websites still use Flash Player on their videos and don't support HTML5. Can you believe this? This is one of the worst things you could do to a website.

Great Webmasters Don't Go Down

This is 2018 and not 2000, going down (even for a few minutes) is not acceptable and could have a huge impact on your website on Google search rankings. If your website is not optimized to handle significantly high traffic, you're not going to make it far. Your code and database should be optimized to run high traffic. Many times one server isn't enough so you might consider using cloud resources such as Cloud Instances (Servers), Cloud Databases and Content Delivery Networks.

And finally...

Great Webmasters Don't Give Up

You're not going to have a straightforward path and each webmaster's journey is unique but almost all have hardships and obstacles. Great webmasters never give up... no matter what. 



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