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What is the Difference Between Web Development and Information Technology?

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Adult Education, Centura Chesapeake, Centura College, Centura Newport News, Centura Virginia Beach, Computer Network Management, Computer Networking

The world of digital technology can be confusing. Many organizations fail to understand the clear distinction between various platforms within the digital technology. Do you need an IT specialist, a web developer, or a website designer? And who does what exactly? Digital service providers have a different set of skills and areas of expertise.

This is how it works: you don’t take your car to a collision shop when you want it detailed, or to a tire store when you want the oil changed. The same thing applies to information technology and web development. We are going to dissect the distinction between web development and information technology to help clear confusion and help you better communicate about the different roles.

What is Information Technology?

Information Technology (IT) has to do with the implementation and maintenance of your organization’s computer network. An IT specialist is the person handles the company’s software, hardware, email systems and security systems.

In the Web Industry scope, IT encompasses storage, transfer, reception and manipulation of data using computer networks. It may not be clear at a first glance, but IT represents the technology behind the standardization and coordination of the organization’s information.

What is Web Development?

Web development refers to the creation and development of websites and hosting them on the internet or intranet. This should never be confused with web design, which typically focuses on the aesthetics of websites. To draw a clear distinction, web designers create designs for a website before it comes alive, while a web developer will utilize the design to carry out the actual coding of the website, bringing the ideas to life.

Web developers work on anything as simple as plain text pages, to more complex social networking sites like Twitter or Facebook. During the development, the web developer engages the web designer and the client through critical thinking, planning, and discussion.

If you look at it from the technical perspective, a web developer builds the functionalities of the website, or simply making the website to perform the tasks you want it to perform. An experienced web developer will integrate various coding languages like CSS, HTML, jQuery, JavaScript, and any other digital technologies to bring out the desired outcome.

The Comparison Between IT Administrator and Web Developer

You can now see that these two fields are totally different, but the case may not be immediately clear when you first walk into a web company’s office. Here’s an analysis of the job description for an IT Administrator and a Web Developer:

IT Administrator

An IT Administrator’s roles and duties include:

  • Configuring computer networks in the organization for easy communication among the coworkers.
  • Setting up and managing existing network infrastructures in the organization and ensuring a seamless flow of data and consistent internet connection.
  • Managing all software and hardware used by the organization and keeping all the software licenses up to date.
  • Managing software and hardware purchasing.
  • Proper keeping of organizations data and information with backups.
  • Troubleshooting any computer hardware failures of the organization.

Web Developer

The Web Developer’s duties and responsibilities include:

  • Developing websites using the most prominent coding languages and technologies.
  • Fixing bugs on the existing websites.
  • Interacting with clients to clearly understand their goals and needs.
  • Maintaining websites.
  • Collaborating with web designers to bring their concepts into reality.
  • Handling domain names and hosting configurations.
  • Creating technical documentations that accompany websites.

It’s pretty clear now that the two jobs have very little similarities. Training in each area is needed to be successful in either role and being able to explain the difference to companies will make sure you exceed employer expectations in a more defined success plan.

Personal Data Privacy and You

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Adult Education, Centura College, Computer Network Management


In the expanding online and digitally connected world, privacy is gaining increasing attention. While the average American is beginning to recognize and understand the true value of their personal information, people also continue to express concerns about their privacy online.

Lately, a slew of research has been released about how the public perceives the digital economy’s impact on their privacy. According to research conducted by the Pew Research Center, 91% of Americans believe they’ve lost control over how their personal information is collected and used by companies, and 64% believe the government needs to do more to regulate the way advertisers use our personal information. In light of the recent Sony and Anthem hacks, the latter affecting upwards of 80 million Americans, personal information security should be a concern for us all. Just ask those folks who had their credit card information stolen after shopping at Target…

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How to Find Computer Networking Jobs in 2014 and Beyond

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Computer Network Management

How to Find Computer Networking Jobs in 2014

How to Find Computer Networking Jobs | Centura College

How to Find a Computer Networking Job in 2014

When looking for ideal computer networking jobs, it’s important to consider more than the highly attractive salary. It’s important to examine the entire company package as well as the projected longevity of the job. Even when doing so, finding the perfect job can be seemingly impossible. Fortunately, the following 12 steps will guide job seekers toward finding the perfect computer networking job. …Read More Here

Career Training in Computer Network Management

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Computer Network Management

Career Training in Computer Network Management | Centura College

Computer Network Management

Few careers today offer the job satisfaction and earning potential that comes with a career in computer network management!  In fact, career training in computer network management can lead to one of the most rewarding and lucrative careers available in today’s job market.  Think about this for just minute.  How many companies rely heavily on computer information systems and networks to run and operate their business?  Almost every aspect of today’s business is managed on a computer system of some sort and those systems need to be maintained, repaired and upgraded as new software and technology become available.  That’s probably why the Bureau of Labor Statistics is showing an 18% projected job growth in computer occupations, which is 63% increase over all other job sectors between 2012 and 2022. …Read More Here

Computer Network Management Degree Program Changes

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Computer Network Management

What makes Centura College’s Computer Network Degree Program Different?

Computer Network Management Degree Program

Centura College – Computer Network Management Degree Program

At Centura College, our Computer Network Management Degree Program courses have been updated to meet CompTIA’s new exam requirements that began in August of 2013.  By changing our course curriculum to the new TestOut Software’s PC Pro Course, our students will not only be prepared to take the new CompTIA A+ exams, but they will also get a chance to take the certification exam from TestOut, that is completely performance based and better prepares our students for the CompTIA A+ Certification Exam.  So, at the end of the first academic year in our Computer Network Management Degree Program, our students will already have taken their TestOut certification exam and will then be eligible to take the two CompTIA A+ exams as part of our Degree Program.  That’s right, our program tuition includes all testing and certification fees for both the TestOut and CompTIA A+ Certification exams.  Further to that, those students at our Chesapeake, Virginia Campus can take both exams on site at our campus! …Read More Here

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