Welcome aboard Ben
I guess you could call me a web designer
although I haven't used those skills much lately. I operate and maintain the Cdn Coast Guard Internet
and Intranet sites which I started way back in 1994. This includes their services, servers, network and security
. I've worked on a number of advanced web application and portal projects and most of my work nowadays is directing others in how to use the technolgies. I do try to keep my hand in though in database/web enabled applications. I also look after our digital assets (mostly photos/video) and intellectual property rights and issues. I do some graphic design, mostly for presentations and publications and ID cards.
If I were a young fella just getting along in web stuff I'd be looking towards security
as the best area to specialize in. Seems everybody's a web wizard nowadays, no offense meant. The Internet's not really a nice place anymore with hackers & spammers trying to ruin/steal whatever they can get into. Keeping them out is a constant challenge that changes daily. You've got to be on top of your game
and if you are the rewards ($$$) is there. We pay top security analysts 1,000's of bucks a day for their expertise. E-commerce was the boom a few years ago but that's pretty much all figured out now. Keeping those applications and their data secure is where it's at.
So again, welcome and look forward to hearing more about your adventures.