Level One Web Developer and Webmaster

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You are a web developer and webmaster. You control how things are served to the web, how they look in the browser and help fix problems when they arise. And boy, you know how they can arise.

You know no fear, except bad code, no coffee and worse, 500 errors (or web copy filled with platitudes).

You have a few of these qualities:

  • Independent worker and thinker but appreciative of team work to solve problems. You know that we can’t get far without going together but no one can climb a mountain but you. Remember no “I” in team, just a backwards “me”
  • Understands value of deadlines, scheduling and standards. You believe there’s something unique about doing what you say you will do.
  • Prioritizes multiple tasks effectively. “Seriously,” you say, “Just do what you say you will do.”
  • Interested in troubleshooting and providing recommendations for problems. You’re typically the smartest guy/gal in the room, what would you recommend?
  • Encourages fellow team members to make innovative contributions and embrace new ideas. Jargon…basically, push the envelope and encourage others to do the same.

You know how to do many of these things:

  • Basic proficiency in PHP and you know for what the acronym actually stands. Bonus points if you make up something that uses the word “pabouche.”
  • Creates semantic HTML markup and CSS that maintains cross browser compatibility including mobile platforms. Some folks like Internet Explorer…it’s bizarre.
  • Knowledge of theme development in a few Open Source CMSs (WordPress, Drupal, Magento).
  • Working in local production environments and staging to production protocols.
  • Knows that JavaScript, jQuery, Prototype, and Angular exist. Not existentially…that’s weird.
  • You’ve heard of Git and Version Control. You know that these exist because people make mistakes, even webmasters.
  • Confident in command line interface (BASH). Maybe not linux-foo-master or anything but you can grep the heck out of a directory or you once saw a YouTube video on “how to be the a great hacker.”
  • Experience with Photoshop or Illustrator (an ability to edit PSDs with an eye for design is a huge plus).

Things that we just don’t care about:

  • Your degree. We don’t care if you’ve taken classes or self-taught. We are more worried about your chops.
  • How many years you’ve been doing this. We don’t all learn at the same pace – we are more interested in what you can do now, not how long it took you to do it.

This is the guy you want to get in touch with: Jesse


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Jesse Schoff

Jesse Schoff

Navigator of the series of tubes that is the Internet. Handler of the masters of the web. Translator of geek speak from developers to the world.