What does a Web Administrator do?

Manage web environment design, deployment, development and maintenance activities. Perform testing and quality assurance of web sites and web applications.

Jobs Roles

  • Back up or modify applications and related data to provide for disaster recovery.
  • Determine sources of web page or server problems, and take action to correct such problems.
  • Review or update web page content or links in a timely manner, using appropriate tools.
  • Monitor systems for intrusions or denial of service attacks, and report security breaches to appropriate personnel.
  • Implement web site security measures, such as firewalls or message encryption.
  • Administer internet/intranet infrastructure, including components such as web, file transfer protocol (FTP), news and mail servers.
  • Collaborate with development teams to discuss, analyze, or resolve usability issues.
  • Test backup or recovery plans regularly and resolve any problems.
  • Monitor web developments through continuing education, reading, or participation in professional conferences, workshops, or groups.
  • Implement updates, upgrades, and patches in a timely manner to limit loss of service.
  • Identify or document backup or recovery plans.
  • Collaborate with web developers to create and operate internal and external web sites, or to manage projects, such as e-marketing campaigns.
  • Install or configure web server software or hardware to ensure that directory structure is well-defined, logical, secure, and that files are named properly.
  • Gather, analyze, or document user feedback to locate or resolve sources of problems.
  • Develop web site performance metrics.
  • Identify or address interoperability requirements.
  • Document installation or configuration procedures to allow maintenance and repetition.
  • Identify, standardize, and communicate levels of access and security.
  • Track, compile, and analyze web site usage data.
  • Test issues such as system integration, performance, and system security on a regular schedule or after any major program modifications.
  • Recommend web site improvements, and develop budgets to support recommendations.
  • Inform web site users of problems, problem resolutions or application changes and updates.
  • Document application and web site changes or change procedures.
  • Develop or implement procedures for ongoing web site revision.
  • Provide training or technical assistance in web site implementation or use.
  • Perform user testing or usage analyses to determine web sites' effectiveness or usability.
  • Evaluate or recommend server hardware or software.
  • Correct testing-identified problems, or recommend actions for their resolution.
  • Develop or document style guidelines for web site content.
  • Develop and implement marketing plans for home pages, including print advertising or advertisement rotation.
  • Check and analyze operating system or application logfiles regularly to verify proper system performance.
  • Set up or maintain monitoring tools on web servers or web sites.
  • Develop testing routines and procedures.
  • Evaluate testing routines or procedures for adequacy, sufficiency, and effectiveness.
  • Test new software packages for use in web operations or other applications.
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