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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.

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Tips to Protect Your Computer and Identity Online

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Adult Education, Computer Networking, Online

In the ever-expanding online and digitally connected world, privacy and security are 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. And that is especially true during the holiday season. And with tax time just around the corner, we all need to be especially vigilant.
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Computer Networking Jobs: What No One Is Talking About

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Computer Networking

Computer Networking Jobs: What No One Is Talking About

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No matter the industry, in the 21st century all professions depend on computer networking to keep business informed, employees connected, and information flowing. These networks do not run by themselves, and administrators are needed to take a hands-on approach to troubleshooting.

At this point in time it is almost a cliche when you hear someone say that  computer networking jobs, or anything in the computer science industry is “growing fast.” That is quite an understatement. And even with this common knowledge, there are a few things people forget to mention when talking about a career in computer networking. Here are a few overlooked benefits of a career in the computer networking industry.

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10 Compelling Reasons Why You Need A Computer Networking Degree

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Computer Networking

10 Compelling Reasons Why You Need A Computer Networking Degree

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In today’s age of information technology, it would seem obvious why a computer networking degree would have infinite benefits for today and especially tomorrow. A computer networking degree offers students the opportunity to gain intuitive knowledge of computer information technology concepts and how they apply in the real world. As one of the true careers without a foreseeable expiration date, continue reading for 10 reasons why you need a computer networking degree.

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Computer Networking Degree: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Computer Networking

Computer Networking Degree: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Computer networking degrees are always in demand and often recommended for high school graduates who don”t know where to turn to first. An accredited college degree will always give job seekers a competitive advantage. However, it is important for prospective students to know if this is the right sort of degree program for them. Some of the things to consider include:

  • The prospective student’s ease of using a computer in general
  • Whether there is a desire to work in this field regularly
  • What type of learning experience students want, such as an online or campus program

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Computer Networking Jobs: A Guide to Employment

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Computer Networking

Computer Networking Jobs: A Guide to Employment

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How To Guide: Computer Networking Jobs

Computer networking jobs continue to be in high demand.  After all, the majority of Americans aren’t likely to be able to say that they’ve gone a week, or even a day, without the use of computers.  The world today is dominated by technology that helps almost every business and industry keep going.  As such, someone considering a career change or a definitive career path could achieve great success by following the path of computer networking.  The following article provides facts that are applicable to the current state of the computer networking jobs and finding employment in this field. …Read More Here

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