The world of internet web development can be fresh and exciting — it can bring a great deal of satisfaction not only to the developer who’s chosen it as a profession, but also to any would-be clients that depend on their new web development solution to be properly deployed.
As exciting as being a freelance web developer may sound, it must be noted too that it can be a world full of hard work. A great deal of thought, time, and attention is needed — patience, not only with yourself, but with some clients are needed as well.
More often than not, as a freelance web developer, you will encounter those who may not necessarily know what it is they want. These would be those who might not know the difference between web development and web design. Drawing graphics is a whole world apart from writing code, or html markup. I’ve known some pretty good graphics guys in my day that have thought that good graphics are all that’s needed in order to put on a good show of a website — not the case.
A true web developer knows all of the back-end stuff — what makes it all work — and applies his or her writes to conform to any frontal appearance of the site itself. More and more these days, what with the advent of CSS3 and such, the graphics guys are losing ground in the business simply because short and smart snips of graphics aren’t needed any more. The coding end does quite a bit more work now than it used to just 5 short years ago. (I’ll cite rounded corners as just one small example of this)
On the client side of it all, we find ads on Craigslist that don’t really make any sense. These would be the people who run ads wanting a web development solution in general, but fail to communicate through the ad exactly what it is they want. — Sure, you want a CMS or a WordPress site — But you want someone else to put it together for you. Fine .. for a fee, any web developer will do that. It doesn’t have to be as complicated as the potential client would somehow try to make it all out to be. But here we are, wanting it to pop, or look edgey, or something. WTF? .. having a honeymoon with the internet should never enter into any web development solution, and words like “pop” and “edgey” are only mere signals of the grossly inexperienced that reside among us.
The difference between putting on a WordPress (CMS) website, and having one built from scratch are eons apart. CMS these days is not too unlike opening a can of Tuna — it’s cheap and more or less mundane, whereas having a custom, built from scratch, internet web solution, is not too unlike actually going to sea and catching the Tuna yourself, bringing it to shore, gutting and processing it, and then deploying it accordingly. It is leaps and bounds more expensive to do than just opening a can of Tuna in the end.
But I digress — Working as a freelance web developer can be an eye opening experience for the many. There is always going to be someone better or worse than you. The only guru’s or rockstars that exist (if they even do to begin with) in this industry are those that haven’t even graduated college yet. I know some fairly talented individuals that detest the term “Rockstar” — They won’t answer any ads that even remotely hint at those terms, because they already know what the potential client doesn’t — Rockstars and Guru’s are only the figment of the imaginations of those most uninformed about this business.
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