Web Designers plan, create and code web pages for charities, using both non-technical and technical skills to produce websites that fit their organisation's requirements.
The term Web Developer is sometimes used interchangeably with Web Designer, but this can be confusing. Web developing is a more specialist role, focusing on the back-end development of a website and will incorporate, among other things, the creation of highly complex search functions.
Web Designers are involved in the technical and graphical aspects of pages, producing not just the look of the website but determining how it works as well. Web designers might also be responsible for the maintenance of an existing site.
The recent growth in touchscreen phones and tablet devices has dictated a new way of designing websites, with the web designer needing to ensure that web pages are responsive no matter the type of device a viewer is using. Therefore the need to test websites at different stages of design on a variety of different devices has become an important aspect of the job
Web Designers need to have a mix of creativity and technical skill. Experience of or training in web design or other design will be required, and you should have an online portfolio of examples of your previous work available, whether paid or volunteer work.
TPP have seen a growth in the recruitment of online marketing/communications roles as the use of online channels is expanding. Online marketing communications is not only used as a form of getting across a message, but is also being used as a digital platform for income generation. As a result there has been an increase in the recruitment for individuals to specifically focus on these areas, rather than roles covering the whole of online marketing.
Web Editors need knowledge of packages such as HTML and CMS, Photoshop and CSS, alongside web copywriting and good proof reading skills. Candidates looking for Web Editing jobs will essentially have good working knowledge of web accessibility uses and current trends in online technology and communications. Depending on the size of the organisation and team, responsibilities may include editing and optimising pages on microsites, proof reading, responding to online enquires and site users.
Non-profit and public sector organisations have been constantly increasing their online exposure. Demand for talented web editors has grown and roles are available for candidates with a wide set of skills. Although not required to have specific qualifications, degrees in Marketing/Digital or professional qualifications are desirable.
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