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How much does a webmaster need to know about server administration?


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Ideally, I think a webmaster should also be knowledgeable about server administration. Of course, this is not always possible. A webmaster can be good at developing a site from the aspects of marketing and promotion but he may not have the knowhow and experience to fiddle with things under the hood, so to say.

 

So what do you think? How much does a webmaster need to know about server administration? Can he, for example, make do without knowing anything at all about about what's going on under his site?

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I think it depends on the kind of role the webmaster plays. I mean, as long as I was only doing the management of my and my clients websites on the hosts (shared hosting), there was nothing beyond to know about other than the cPanel or the WHM. But now that our (me and my friends') social site is online and we are hoping to opt in for a VPN or even a dedicated host, I guess, it would really help if anyone knows the server well.

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Ideally, I think a webmaster should also be knowledgeable about server administration. Of course, this is not always possible. A webmaster can be good at developing a site from the aspects of marketing and promotion but he may not have the knowhow and experience to fiddle with things under the hood, so to say.

 

So what do you think? How much does a webmaster need to know about server administration? Can he, for example, make do without knowing anything at all about about what's going on under his site?

 

Nope, ask Nathan about his experience with not knowing what I could do with the Test Bed, I'm sure he freaked out during a couple seconds... (I could delete his whole website in mere seconds, than I got his password, which I'm sure he is using everywhere and I connected on forum his account, wrote a small love message in the Admin section) =P

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Nope, ask Nathan about his experience with not knowing what I could do with the Test Bed, I'm sure he freaked out during a couple seconds... (I could delete his whole website in mere seconds, than I got his password, which I'm sure he is using everywhere and I connected on forum his account, wrote a small love message in the Admin section) =P

 

Whoa, sounds like a horror story. From what you have just said, every webmaster should take a course in Web Security 101 before getting started. Otherwise they are leaving themselves open to abuse. Right?

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I think this depends on the scale of the websites. If it is a large website that requires a powerful server and it has a lot of content and many updates per day, then it will be impossible for the webmaster to deal with both server administration and web development. In this case I think that is completely unnecessary.

 

However, even if it is not a large scale website, I think web development skills are more important than server administration since for most of the stuff about server administration you can ask your hosting provider and they can complete them.

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How much does a webmaster need to know about server administration? I think maybe broad knowledge in order to monetize all the details or transaction that can be done also webmaster need to know the details about the done by the administrator in order to get a specific data that can help the system or the company.

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