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URGENT! Maintaining a Website Position

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Med, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. Med

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    Ive been offered this position, will still need an interview etc but slightly less complicated as a friend of mine works at a shop and they need someone to maintain and update there website, Although ive never done this before, Im guessing its not that difficult of a task, is it possible to learn this in say 48 hours? if anyone can point me in the right direction, what are the common tools to learn etc?

    Any help would be great!

    cheers.
     
  2. Stoney

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    Whether you can do this job will depend on A) What experience you have with programming languages B) What experience you have with designing and deploying websites C) What experience you have with supporting servers and the network infrastructure that web servers run on, and D) How complex the website is that you are supposed to support.

    If the website is just a couple of simple html pages sitting on a box in the shop, then this may not be too difficult to look after. But if this is the case, I do not see why they would need to employ someone to maintain a website of such simplicity? I suspect the website is quite complex which is why they need somebody to support it full time.

    Web design/development is a specialised profession that takes people a number of years to get good at. I can not see you reaching a standard required to maintain a professional website in 48 hours. I doubt you would even get beyond the basics of learning html in this time frame so I find it highly unlikely that you will be able to fulfil the requirements for this role.
     
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  3. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    Difficult to say, what type of browser is the website on ie MS IE or fireFox? Also is it written in basic HTML or did they use dreamweaver? Have you ever done any programming or used adobe photoshop or flash?:blink

    dam it! Stoney beat me to it..must be a quick typer as well as a quick swimmer! LOL:sunny
     
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  4. Med

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    wel theres a girl that works there at the moment doing this position, and she says its very basic, all im doing is uploading new items and removing old stock, and thats about it, I dont think im playing with any codes here...
     
  5. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    can you give us a screenshot or internet address?

    The items, are they images saved as jpegs or gif's or is it all text?

    have they given you a job profile/spec?8)
     
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  6. Stoney

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    If that's all you will be doing then you shouldn't find the job too difficult. I think an understanding of how web pages are built and what the relevant tags mean could definitely help.

    I would take a look at W3Schools and do the html tutorials. It will at least give you an idea of how a web page works and how the various elements are referenced.

    Not sure what other things you would need to know until we know a bit more about the job.
     
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  7. harpistic

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    If it's 'all very basic and just uploading stuff etc' then it could well be a content management system, and without knowing which one...... :dry

    Although it could well be a case of just maintaining the content on the site, you would still be expected to be able to resolve any problems which occur, be they webhost-related, hacking/spam, other errors, or modifications they may want along the way.

    Have you actually checked out the website yet, what is it written in?

    Without knowing any more about the site, what the job description is and what their setup is, you could easily spend the next 48 hours cramming and not even touch what you'd need for the interview - sorry.
     
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  8. tripwire45
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    I'd have to go along with the others and say it depends on what you're expected to know. I built and maintain a couple of small websites and updating them is a breeze compared to the effort required to originally construct them. Of course, part of it being a breeze is that I know the sites inside and out, so I know what needs to be done to maintain and update them.

    At the very least, you'll need to know HTML and CSS. Beyond that, you may be required to know a bit of JavaScript and who knows beyond that. You might inquire of your friend as to how complex the site is. As far as cramming for these skill sets, according to SAMS, you can learn HTML and CSS in 24 hours. Good luck.
     
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  9. sunn

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    If it’s similar to what I’ve done in the past…
    It sounds like they have people doing the design work and you’re uploading new files upon request to a specific directory.

    I used to do this on a FreeBSD box running Apache. Very basic for the most part but it was part of my responsibilities, not my only responsibility.

    Sounds similar to the company job description? If ‘yes’ you won’t need any specific programming skills, but knowing how to interact with the OS is a requirement. Do you have experience with UNIX (or whatever OS they’re using)?
     
  10. Med

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    Turns out I got the job :D pay is decent enough, and its motorbike industry related (I am obsessed with motorbikes!) so chuffed to bits :D
     
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    Major congrats!
     
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    Thanks! :D

    cant wait to start.
     
  13. sunn

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    Sweet, congrats... 8)
     
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    Congratulations. :D
     
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