Prepared for Faculty University of Phoenix
As an inclusion to the report entitled Website Design and your Career in IT
By Student COM 130
In this final research project I propose to write about website design and pursuing a
career in Web Development.
I have been developing websites for over 20 years and am currently the CEO of
Sterling Design Webmasters based in Denver Colorado. I initially became interested in
web design as a way of understanding all components of Internet portals known as
websites. When I first started my education in website design the Internet was still
relatively new and website construction and design was being done by a very small group
of developers. I am completely self-taught and have not taken any formal training on this
The elements I intend on focusing on are basic requirements of web development,
time factors, marketing and competitive pricing. I will close this research project on the
benefits associated with this type of career as well as the importance of ongoing research
Website Development and
Your Career in IT
University of Phoenix
November 10, 2007
2.0 Website Components
2.5 Meta Tags
3.0 Multimedia Solutions
4.0 E-commerce Sites
4.1 Secure Pages
4.2 Shopping Carts
4.3 Credit Card Processing
5.0 Web Design Software
5.1 Coffee Cup
5.2 Web Studio
6.0 Time Management
7.0 Search Engine Submission
7.1 Submission Services
7.2 Page Ranking
7.3 Meta Tag Optimizers
8.0 Marketing For Designers
8.1 Affiliate Programs
8.2 Direct Email
9.0 How to Pursue a Career in Website
10.0 Presentation Summary
11.0 Survey Results
List of Illustrations
Figure 1. Pie chart reflecting survey results in answer to the question about why individuals entered the IT field.
Figure 2. Visio object reflecting the many components to website design.
Since the Internet is a relatively new technology, web design is equally a fairly new
career path. In the early days of the Internet, highly educated individuals in the Internet
field implemented most all web design.
With the recent development of web design software, the design of websites has
become less of a specialized field. Having a working knowledge of Hypertext markup
language (HTML) is no longer necessary for individuals interested in becoming a web
developer but simply having a basic knowledge of rudimentary design components.
Key topics include website components and layout, multimedia solutions, e-commerce
sites, web design software, time management, search engine submission and independent
webdesign marketing. An explanation of how all these topics need to be explored when
assembling a unique website that attracts return visitors. The paper concludes with the
benefits of this career and the need for constant education to remain competitive.
Since the development of the Internet as we know it in 1990,
Hauben, M (1993), the use and application for the average computer user has grown at a
phenomenal rate. Initially the websites were created my professional designers with a
vast knowledge of hypertext markup language (HTML).
HTML is the code that allows websites to be designed and manipulated.
The Internet is now being used for a vast array of reasons. There are websites devoted
to everything from pornography to checking a book out from a library. Many libraries
are creating websites to serve a...