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Making It Easier To Get Hired As a Web Developer
Making It Easier To Get Hired As a Web Developer

Demand for talented web developers is on the rise. And if you are one, then you might not just be waltzing into your next job interview so easily. When demand increases, so does supply. And supply is keeping up with technology demands these days. There are hundreds of online courses popping up daily designed to teach you the basics of front-end development relatively quickly and cheaply. And there are social movements in place to spread technology and STEM as far as they can reach. Needless to say, that somewhat saturates the job markets.

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What Exactly Is A Website
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What Exactly Is A Website

Most people know what a website is from a visual perspective. But most people, including many tech people, have no idea what a website actually is. With the advent of services like Wix and Square Space, many people assume that websites are essentially drag and drop modules that you can "click to edit" or click on "delete" to get rid of. And if you're like my father, then you assume that the entire computer encompasses the entire internet. But that's a very high level look at the entire thing. The highest level I would say. The seamy underbelly is a much more fascinating and dynamic world filled with millions of records of data, temporary storage areas, AI (sometimes) and backdoors and alleys that no one ever finds.

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How Much Do I Make As A Web Developer?
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How Much Do I Make As A Web Developer?
How Much Do I Make As A Web Developer?

A while back the twitter hashtag #talkpay went for a viral spin and people were encouraged to post their job titles and salary in an attempt to showcase pay inequality. And more than enough people were more than happy to post theirs up and it got people talking. Companies like Buffer joined the cause and posted all of their employees salaries and they even shared the formula that they use to determine those salaries. And to be honest, it all seemed incredibly fair. You had people with the exact same titles who had tens of thousands of dollars separating them, but then you looked at the formula, and it just made sense.

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Helpful Resources For Web Developers
Helpful Resources For Web Developers

Making a website can get complex. And I mean, a full website, not a blog or a site with static content. I mean more a website with a business backend that intends to accomplish something. Like a shopping site, a product review site or something like YouTube maybe. You're going to need logos, designs, icons, background patterns and somewhere to store all these things. And if you have a great idea, and just getting started in the web development world, then these sites can help you make that process much easier and hopefully avoid some headaches that come with web development.

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What It's Really Like To Make A Website
What It's Really Like To Make A Website

When you think of a website, you think of WordPress nowadays. And why wouldn't you, WordPress runs 23% of all websites. With so many online ads claiming that you can learn to make a website in 3 weeks or your money back, it sounds like the easiest thing in the world to do. Campaigns like the "Hour Of Code" just make it a stronger point that anybody can make Facebook or Twitter or YouTube. But the obvious answer is, of course, that you won't be able to do those things. You'll be able to set up WordPress on a server, and that's probably about it.

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What No One Tells You About Making A Website
What No One Tells You About Making A Website

So you want to make a website. You have an idea or bits and pieces of an idea, you get a cheap hosting account and a $9.99 domain name and you install Wordpress and a dozen plugins and you are in action. Nowadays, it really is that easy to create a new website. You don't need to know HTML or CSS even, you can just point and click your way through the whole process and be up and running within 5 minutes. Making the website is the easiest part. What happens after is a whole different story. Maintenance cost plus marketing and bug fixing was not in the playbook I bet. But it's a crucial part of any website.

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Important Web Developer Skills To Learn
Important Web Developer Skills To Learn

In my 6 years writing software professionally and countless others non-professionally I've come across many of the same scenarios many a time. And so I will write down what those are, just for those new devs that spend months learning about linked list and then never see one, ever. So here are the most frequent tasks that I have run across daily in both professional and personal work. They're simple processes and they aren't the funnest, but usually they are all a part of a bigger project that you may be working on.

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Walter G.
Walter Guevara
Walter G. is a software engineer with over 10 years of professional experience. When he isn't blogging or being a CTO he enjoys coding randomly complex things that he hopes many people will get a chance to use one day.
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