As someone very familiar with application programming, but relatively new to web development a decade ago, I thought it would be easy to find and pre-qualify a good Web Manager among other web dev people. I was sooo wrong.
There is sooo much bad information being spread around by ‘snake oil’ $1 per month website corporations, and one-man do-it-all web design-development-management-hosting ‘gurus’, it’s no wonder many clients have horror stories about so-called ‘professionals’ in one or more of these fields. That said, if you happen to be one of those one-man do-it-all website creation ‘gurus’, you should probably stop reading now. This post will only piss you off. A lot!
Some of the problem, as I see it, stems from the lack of consumer education (due in part to that bad information we spoke of earlier). IOW – expecting a single individual to design, develop, and manage your business website investment is like expecting an single individual to design your new home, build your new house, and manage (maintain) your new property year-after-year. It doesn’t even come close to making sense when you think if it like that. LOL (not!)
If you’re not sure what Web Designers, Web Developers, Web Project Managers and Web Managers do, their roles are described later in this article (here).
The bulk of the problem, however, can be attributed to a complete breakdown in how people in these overlapping (yet very separate) roles view themselves and each other.
Notice a pattern here?
People like us are great, but everyone else is either a baby, incompetent, or unnecessary!