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GDPR and Web Professionals

We suspect you have received more than your share of GDPR related notifications in the past couple of weeks. Rather than send out another email on the subject, we thought it might be worthwhile addressing the issue in our weekly post. You have thoroughly reviewed every email you received with GDPR in the subject line, haven’t you? We thought not. For those who are not familiar with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) [which took effect May 25, 2018], we recommend a quick review of the GDPR and you site. For those who need a reminder – Web Professionals (official business name World Organization of Webmasters) does not retain much in the way of personal information to begin with. We always take requests regarding data seriously and make every effort to keep said data secure.

GDPR and Web Professionals

Minors

If you are younger than 18 years, please use this website only with permission (and active involvement) of your parent/ guardian. Do not provide any personally identifiable information (such as your email address). Have a parent/ guardian contact us on your behalf when necessary.

Information we collect

As with many websites, we collect basic information about all visitors. This may include the date and time of your access, your IP (Internet Protocol) address, the website you visited before arriving at WebProfessionals.org and the website you go to when you leave our website. We track your operating system, screen resolution, and browser details. This is automatically collected. Such data is only used for high level analysis (unless you are trying to hack our website – in which case, such information will be provided to appropriate law enforcement).

We may use cookies and local storage to keep track of your session on our website. You can disable this in your browser if you do not want to have a customized experience when you visit our site.

You may initiate transactions on our website which involve credit cards, debit cards, online payment services and similar financial mechanisms. During those transactions, we will collect some information (such as your email address) and billing address so we can contact you in the event of questions. We do not store your credit card details (only a transaction code).

What we do with your information

We use the information collected to run our business. For example, we periodically send email news to our members. We use the email address you provided when signing up as a member to accomplish that. We do not provide customer data to third parties without your permission. You always have the option to opt out of any of our mailings.

There is one exception. We may (at our discretion) provide your information to law enforcement (or related government agencies) in the event of fraud investigations or other suspected illegal activities.

Login Credentials

Members create a username and password to access some restricted areas of our website. We recommend periodically changing your password (and keeping it long and complex). Your password is encrypted in our data stores and backups. We have no way of telling you what your password is. If necessary, we can issue you a new one (once you have properly identified yourself).

We also recommend logging out when you are finished reviewing that part of our website. If you are extremely concerned about this, we also recommend closing your browser when you leave our site.

Questions

If you ever have questions about what we do with any data collected or wish to have personal information removed from our data stores, please contact us.

As a member supported (and not for profit) organization, we take our responsibility to safeguard any information you provide as safely as possible. We have not (and will not) sell any of this collected information to any third party.

Best always,
Mark DuBois
Community Evangelist and Executive Director

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Skills Web Professionals must know in 2017

This article was written by Abid Ullah. He is Director of Search at Marketing Wind. He is an experienced SEO Outreach expert and advertisement specialist. His interests lie in Digital Marketing Management. He is an internet marketing enthusiast and his specialty is in search engine optimization outreach and content marketing.

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At Miami SEO (part of Marketing Wind), we work with web professionals regularly Based on our analyses, we have created a list of 5 indispensable skills web professionals must know in 2017. If you are an aspiring web-professional, then look below and invest in learning these skills in 2017.

Create a Great User Experience

As a web professional, you already know that user experience is essential. This means when creating a site, you need to build an excellent interface and great user experience. Avoid user experience errors. Review your efforts with those who will be using the site and confirm the site is not only usable, but is easy to navigate and understand. Have you ever visited the Amazon online store? It is among the best online retailer stores on the Internet. They have used a variety of features and user interface elements that make purchasing and browsing seamless. As it is an e-commerce store, they have made sure the purchasing and delivery system is spot on. Just with an input of delivery information, you can confirm your order and get done with the process that easily. Try to offer your consumers a similar fluid experience so that they stay on your website for a longer time.

Security

This is a must in 2017, many companies are processing payments from their sites. You must protect the site from hacking, SQL injection, and user requests that could be considered as spam. If you are uncertain whether your site is secure, hire a qualified professional to review your site and identify/ resolve any vulnerabilities.

HTML

It has always been important to learn Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML). In 2017 web professionals can also use editors that do not require detailed HTML knowledge.  Nevertheless, if you want to be a professional web designer and have professional web design skills for long-term and an in-depth understanding of your work then you must learn HTML and understand semantic markup. HTML is source to streamline your lifestyle and business line. Not learning how to use HTML will leave you behind in the web designing and development process. You’ll miss out on easy-to-use visual HTML building tools, latest updates and on ways to enhance your blogging techniques. HTML helps a lot when it comes to formatting your blogs, pasting content from word to CMS, while making a guest post and during content formatting. As the content is worldwide known as the king of web and marketing, who wouldn’t want to learn a coding program that helps in putting the content into limelight?

SEO

Search Engine Optimization is not just about content. It depends greatly on the functionality of a website. As a web designer you should know Search Engine Optimization so that you can build a SEO friendly website which has the chances of getting ranked high in search engines. If you are a beginner, you can search about SEO. The web provides a series of SEO learning tutorials and videos. The official Google SEO tutorial is a good place to start. Moreover, the marketing team of the company can carry out conferences/ webinars with the leading SEO experts who can guide through how to do search engine optimization and how to make your website fully optimized for Google and other search engines. Another way to learn more about SEO is to experiment and see for yourself the results that different practices produce.

CSS

Basic CSS knowledge is essential; it is important to make sure that you know how to create CSS files from scratch. The CSS (cascading style sheets) is actually a styling sheet language. Through this you can give an effective style to your website along with the use of HTML. It makes the web page more appealing and easily manageable. Thus, learning CSS is a sure shot success key and web professionals must spend their time on it.Learn the new features of CSS-3 as well.

Web Server

It is preferable to have the knowledge of the web server you’re launching your website at, to name your website properly and to understand secure FTP. This knowledge about the web server helps you find out how well it works with the operating systems, how capable it is to handle the server-side programming and about its security characteristics. Moreover, the knowledge gives you an insight of the search engine and site building tools that it comes with.

Web development is a broad category which also includes web-design and web-optimization, the above skills are taken from all aspects, but in some cases, you might only be focusing on web-designing which will require different skills than web-development. So, pick your category and decide whether you want to work on one aspect or all aspects and start learning.

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Internet Privacy Rules: Why should Web professionals care?

The U.S. Congress repealed the FCC broadband/ Internet privacy rules established in the latter days of the Obama administration in late March, 2017. President Trump signed this repeal on April 3. Untouched, those rules would have gone into effect later this year. Those rules were an outgrowth of the Federal Communication Commission’s battle to protect net neutrality. You may be asking yourself – why does this matter, what will this change, and how will you and your clients be affected.

What you need to know:

  • Although most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have said nothing has changed, they are free to change their policies at any time going forward. Consumers will not have a choice (to opt-in or opt-out).
  • It will be much easier for ISPs (think AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and similar corporations) to track your specific browsing history across all devices.
  • If an ISP decides to intercept search requests, they could send results from their own marketing databases (instead of the results someone might expect).
  • There is also a risk that such “injection” could be hijacked or compromised by malicious individuals. These large databases of consumer information would also be prime targets for hackers.
  • Previously, if you didn’t like the amount of data collected by a corporation (for example, Facebook), you could simply choose not to use their services and select some competitor. That will no longer be an option since your ISP will be the one tracking all your access (potentially).
  • There will not be any filters regarding your browsing history and how it can be used. You will have very limited control over what is shared with others (or sold).

Why this is important

In a nutshell, this is game changer (particularly in the U.S.). Up to this point, individual sites collected data (and used it to target ads). As a general rule, if a service appears free on the WWW, you are likely paying for it with your personal data. Facebook would be an excellent example of this. Using this company an example, Facebook wants you to visit Facebook so they can mine the data you share and can then sell targeted ads. These sorts of ads are likely to generate more revenue for the advertiser. That being said, each company wants to keep the data they collect about you to themselves. Frankly, information equals power these days. The more a company knows about you (and your browsing habits and searches), the better they can target ads.

That being said, there are limits. Most of us have smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices. Trying to identify the common visitor across all these devices is a lot easier when the Internet Service Provider can be involved. One can no longer opt out by choosing an alternative company (perhaps DuckDuckGo instead of Google or Bing for Internet searches, for example).

Those of us who have been alive much longer than the WWW understand that limits were set in place for other technologies. For example, phone companies could not collect specific information that you were calling a physician or attorney and then target you with ads for similar types of services. The previous rules likened much Internet traffic to be similar to telephone traffic (and under the same guidelines).

Who voted for and against

Here are the details (who voted for and against this bill in the House of Representatives). For the senate version, votes followed party lines. We also found this overview of how we got to this point informative.

You will have less control of how your online history is used

With the elimination of these Internet Privacy rules, more of your online history will be available to more companies and you will have less control over how it is used. In addition to now being able to collect vast amounts of information from their customers, each company can use said information to provide targeted ads or can sell the collected data to others. Each company is free to change their policies at any time. That is why this is such an important change.

We found this NPR article to provide a solid overview of the situation and what your options are.

Help your customers understand these changes

Undoubtedly, some of your customers will have questions. More sophisticated customers will have detailed questions. At a minimum, we recommend mentioning these main points:

  • Internet Service Providers are able to change their policies at will. There is now much less oversight by the FCC and FTC.
  • It is likely there will be more tracking/ recording of your browser history and this data may be used for more targeted advertising. Much more data is likely to be collected (and shared or sold). As a consumer, you will likely not have the option to either opt-in or opt-out of such data collection. Many do not have the luxury of being able to easily select another ISP.
  • For additional information, you may wish to review this FAQ regarding what happens as these rules are cancelled.

For those who wish to pursue more privacy, here are some of the things you can do today:

  • Download and use the HTTPS everywhere extension for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera
  • Consider employing a tool like Privacy Badger to block spies and hidden trackers on sites you visit
  • Consider using a VPN
  • Consider using Tor as your browser
  • You might also want to introduce some Internet noise (a tool which loads random sites so your actual searches are obscured by large amounts of nonsense searches). This latter tool certainly will not protect your privacy; it will only generate additional “noise” which will obscure your actual search interests among a larger amount of random searches.

The bottom line is that there will be more data available for marketers. While this may be a plus for Web marketers, this is a giant step backwards for privacy advocates.

This has the potential to allow much more focused ads as big data and predictive analytics are brought to bear on an ever increasing amount of consumer information. If one is in marketing, they need to remain aware of consumer concerns.

Practicing web professionals should leverage this change as an opportunity to inform and educate their customers/ clients regarding what may be collected and how best to deal with this new reality (perhaps recommending using a VPN and plugins like those mentioned above).

The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently posted a list of ISPs that respect your privacy. They also provided a solid overview of how to protect your privacy from your ISP. This article also included a number of questions to ask about any VPN (before you purchase). Examples include:

  • How long has the VPN been in business?
  • Does the VPN log your traffic?
  • Is the traffic encrypted? Is there a single shared password for all encryption?
  • Would the VPN leak your DNS queries to your ISP?
  • Does the VPN support IPv6?

We anticipate that this is only the beginning of the discussion regarding increased awareness of privacy issues on the part of consumers and professionals alike.

Best always,

Mark DuBois

Community Evangelist and Executive Director

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SSL Certificates as a Protection Tool for Web Professionals

As we all know, SSL certificates help protect the information transmitted between the web server and the client.  Given the increasing cyber security attacks (and associated media coverage), data breaches and theft of payment processing data, we thought it appropriate to remind readers of the importance of SSL certificates.

Vivek Ram is a Technical Blog Writer from Comodo. He writes about information security, focusing on web application security. He provided the following information we wanted to share with readers of our blog. Many thanks to Vivek for providing this article.

“As a small business owner or even the owner of a larger company or ecommerce site, cyber security news about a data breach in payment processing on a website may be just one of the things that keep you up at night.
The good news is that cyber security consultants and professionals can develop plans, run a network security audit and even develop a network security policy that is designed to keep this type of data safe from hackers and breaches.
However, there are also some very simple security measures that can be put in place to provide encryption security between the server and the browser. This is known as SSL or Secure Sockets Layer and it has been the technology in place to protect data transmitted online since its introduction in 1994.
Today, the use of the new version of SSL, Transport Layer Security or TLS, is based on the early SSL technology. Even through TLS is the correct name, most of the Certificate Authorities and IT professionals still refer to it as SSL.
To protect your website and the information transmitted between the web server and the client, SSL certificates provide authentication and encryption. To understand how this provides both customer and user protection as well as protects the site itself, consider the following essential features, factors and functions. ”

The Trust Factor

“When existing customers or new prospective customers arrive at your website, the first thing they will look at is the quality of the landing page. However, once they start adding items to their cart and going through the checkout process, most customers will have taken a glance up at the address bar or to the sides of the page.
What they are looking for is the universal sign of online security. This is the padlock in the address bar that indicates they are on a site using SSL technology. Now, there is also the full green address bar which signifies the use of an EV SSL or Extended Validation certificate. This is the highest level of validation possible through any CA and for any type of website. Most customers aren’t certain about how the technology works, but they do recognize the need to have that padlock and perhaps the green bar present.
Glancing to the side or the bottom of the page will confirm the use of a specific Certificate Authority (CA). All of the major CAs will have their own site seal. This is a graphic that is used to designate the security of the website and the use of a particular product by a particular CA.
With these things in place, your website will have a decrease in the amount of abandoned shopping carts, something that is common if the customer gets through the selection process and then realizes on the checkout page that the padlock or green bar isn’t present.
However, and even more importantly, it makes your website safe for your customers to use. This preserves the reputation of your website and your company.”

Full Encryption at 256 Bits

“The use of SSL/TLS certificates also provides full encryption at the industry standard 256 bits. This encryption and decryption are done through the use of a pair of keys. These two keys use Public Key Infrastructure or PKI to provide internet security protection for online data.
The public key is used to encrypt data between the browser and the server. The public key is available to all because it is public. However, it is only recognized by one unique private key.
The private key is located on the server that hosts the website. When data comes in encrypted by the public key, it is unreadable unless it is decrypted by the private key. This protects all data transmitted from the website including financial information, personal information or even general information.
The public and private key are actually a long string of what looks like random numbers. They are able to recognize each other through a complicated mathematical relationships that is never duplicated and is completely unique.
The 256 bit encryption is virtually impossible to hack or break, even with brute force types of hacking attempts. The level of encryption offered by SSL certificate technology has changed over time and will continue to evolve as computer systems advance.”

Validation and Verification Process

“To further provide complete protection to your website against spoof websites or fraudulent website trying to look like your site, the CAs have to follow a rigid and very complex process to verify and validate the application for any type of SSL certificate.
This is based on the AICPA/CICA WebTrust for Certification Authorities Principles and Criteria and outlines what verifications must be completed for the various SSL certificates at the different validation levels.
As hackers or spoofing sites have to provide the necessary information and this has to match with records on file with a wide variety of databases and trusted sources, it makes it impossible for these criminals to be able to obtain an SSL certificate for those fraudulent sites. This not only protects your website but with the SSL certificate in place, it will also protect your customers.”

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Web Professionals trends – 2016 -Web Marketing

We just experienced a major marketing event in the U.S. Some call it the Super Bowl. We all have favorite commercials; these days, there were a number of ads with an associated web link or a social media hashtag. This is not news. What is news and important to know for Web professionals is:

  • the growing trend and the  increased reliance on social media; pre- and post- game
  • and the rise of metrics measuring many aspects of these interactions
  • and the added value of storytelling that sells

Why is this important for Web Professionals?

Perhaps the clearest indicator of anticipated trends was the Wix.com commercial. In addition to spoofing a number of older Super Bowl commercials, there was a clear partnership with the forthcoming Kung Fu Panda movie. In addition to this partnership, there were clear identifiers (web site and a social media hashtag #StartStunning). There was also a clear storyline running throughout the commercial.

Key takeaways

  • One of the ways we can differentiate ourselves (as Web Professionals) with web marketing is to tell compelling stories.
  • These stories need to be visual, short, memorable, and have a call to action.
  • Equally important, most businesses expect a stronger return on investment (ROI).

What you need to know: Partnerships are important

Partnering is also a growing trend. For example, if we are not up to the task alone, collaborate with those who can tell a compelling story. Think in terms of the Wix.com ad mentioned above. This may involve working with communication professionals (if you or your group lacks the requisite skills). That will likely be a key differentiator in how content is perceived. It should also help engage site visitors and encourage them to promote these stories via social media.

For example:

  • In many ways, it really is about alignment with the right individuals (and companies).
  • Whether we need help with analytics on the data being collected or creating more engaging mobile experiences (particularly location based mobile experiences), we need to identify and align with those who do this well.
  • In 2016, it is nearly impossible to be “all things to all people all the time.” Therefore, we need a network to collaborate with when needed. Consider this simple example – personally, I am “graphically challenged.” I know my limitations in that area and never attempt to provide graphic content (whether logo design or color schemes) to a client.  I do know a number of good graphic artists and I work with them to meet the client’s needs.
  • This year is shaping up to be a year of significant change as many technologies mature and gain much wider acceptance (for example wearable devices).
  • We need to position ourselves to take advantage of these opportunities. Knowing the trends is a start; identifying who to partner with is critical to your success as changes happen rapidly this year.

Additional Web marketing trends

I expect that the following trends will accelerate in 2016:

  • mobile (including wearable) devices will continue to be used more in marketing efforts. Many viewing the Super Bowl use their smartphones to communicate their thoughts to friends and family.
  • social marketing is expected to continue significant growth. Think of the number of tweets and Facebook posts about the Super Bowl.
  • we will continue to rely more on analytics (and associated “big data”) to drive many of our web marketing decisions. Many times we see a commercial which points to a specific page (www.example.com/superbowl) which is only shown during a given commercial. This is one of many approaches to identify which traffic to a web page is coming as a direct result of an advertising campaign.
  • we will rely more on automation of many marketing efforts (to reach the broadest audiences quickly and efficiently).
  • content marketing will also be a major effort.

Closing thoughts:

Speaking of partnerships, one of our goals moving forward is to align our goals with yours. In other words, as a professional association for aspiring and practicing Web professionals. we’re hopeful that you find our resources helpful. By aligning with a professional association we aim to support you in staying current with trends and to bring you the informational resources to succeed. Check out the other Web professional trends and if you’re not already a subscriber sign up here. Future post will include Web security trends, sustainability, what this means for the future of web centric education and more in depth tutorials on web design, web development and Web business trends.

Best always,
Mark DuBois, Community Evangelist and Director of Education

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Web Professionals trends – 2016 – eCommerce

Opportunities abound for the Web professionals for 2016. The percentage of online sales and eCommerce continues to grow (at the expense of brick and mortar). This trend is expected to increase in 2016. The increased growth comes from use of mobile devices (particularly smartphones). In fact, some have predicted revenue from sales via smartphones may exceed sales from desktop devices in 2016.

 

Why is this important for Web Professionals?

 

We anticipate that consumers will also want their experiences to richer in content. Just having a static photo of a product may have worked in the past; but today’s consumers want much more. This will likely include video and increased use of social media in marketing channels. We expect greater reliance on the entire customer experience. Yes, user experience matters.

 

What you need to know:

 

  • Confirm your website is mobile friendly. Sadly, many in early 2016 still are not.
  • Make certain the technologies you employ on your website are able to take advantage of approaches (such as location-based marketing).
  • Confirm your infrastructure will handle richer customer experiences. Although it is 2016, many sites still struggle with video and related experiences.

 

Now is the time to understand these rapid changes happening in eCommerce and make certain you are working on projects to support customers now and in the future.

 

Fast Facts

 

 

Jonathan Lacoste recently discussed 3 marketing trends for eCommerce in 2016 via Inc.that warrant a closer look:

  • micro-moment marketing – those moments when a consumer grabs their smartphone to look something up. Retailers will do their best to become part of that micro-moment.
  • location-based marketing – the use of beacons is expected to grow significantly in 2016. This allows retailers to know precisely where their customer is located (and respond with appropriate messages – perhaps coupons for a percentage off – if you act now).
  • onsite personalization – think in terms of a digital shopping assistant.

 

Check out WebProfessionals.org ShoolofWeb.org education portal for additional educational and training resources. For additional information on previously posted Web Professional Trends visit our blog.

 

Best always,

Mark DuBois, Community Evangelist and Director of Education

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Web Professionals Trends 2016

There are many commentaries covering Web Professional trends for 2016, I chose these to discuss the most common Web design items for you today. Future posts will cover Web development, Web business trends and Web security, to name a few. We will also be covering top IT skills in demand and job opportunities and training.

In a nutshell, here are some of the emerging Web design trends consistently mentioned:

  • CSS-3 impacting layouts – this is primarily due to increased acceptance of Flexbox by modern browsers and the emergence of the CSS grid for layout.
  • Material design dominating – Google’s material design is being rapidly adopted for UI presentation and development. We should be thinking more in terms of patterns instead of pages. For those unfamiliar with this approach, here  is the documentation at Google.
  • More prototyping in the browser – to focus on interactions instead of layout. This might be included with the above item.
  • Color and typography becoming bolder – again, as modern browsers embrace CSS-3 and HTML5. Many sites will make use of heavily saturated color.

Soon we will be covering Web development trends.

We chose these sources as examples of the trends mentioned above.

Yes, many other trends are mentioned in the above articles. However, these seem to stand out across all the articles I have read these past few days.

Best always,
Mark DuBois, Community Evangelist and Director of Education

 

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Rising Pay for Web Professionals

Hiring for many IT titles is up, and there is a related boost in pay, with particular demand for Web and Internet-related positions, according to several salary surveys as reported in the Bloomberg BNA “Report on Salary Surveys” April 2014 edition.

‘‘The demand for highly skilled web and mobile designers and developers is at an all-time high and I only see it increasing. With so many choices for consumers, companies are all looking for a competitive edge, or at the very least, they want to make sure
they’re not losing users because their site or platform has an outdated look and feel,’’ Jeremy Weintraub, director, business development at Vitamin-T, a talent agency for digital creatives, told Bloomberg BNA in an interview.

According to the report, The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 20.1 percent employment growth for web developers between 2012 and 2022. This translates to 28,500 new jobs in a field that already had 141,400 as of 2012, according to BLS. The rapid growth is attributed to the popularity of mobile devices and E-commerce, according to BLS.

WebProfessionals.org Weighs in

Jobs evolve; more training is needed. The basic jobs involved in web development remain the same, but the scope of the profession has expanded since 1997, William Cullifer, executive director at Web Professionals, an association for web professionals, said in an interview with Bloomberg BNA. Most web jobs fit into one of three categories: design, development and business, according to Cullifer.

WebProfessionals.org was asked by the U.S. Department of Labor to become involved in updating web-related occupational classifications listed in O*NET (Occupational Information Network), particularly for the titles of web administrators and web developers, according to Cullifer.

Updating the occupational classifications are important because it provides a guide for schools to focus their curriculum around web studies and a career pathway program that matches employer demand, according to Cullifer. This can help to better align what schools teach to what companies need, according to Cullifer. These skills might include the ability to make a website more interactive—and lucrative, according to Cullifer. ‘‘People with social media skills are needed,’’ Cullifer said. In the past, it may have been enough for a company’s website just to exist, but now firms want their sites to generate revenue, he said. ‘‘It’s the next phase, and companies need to bring in people that can make the money happen,’’ Cullifer said.

Calling all Web Developers and Administrators – Help support the Web professional community and earn up to $40.00 for participating in the survey.

To participate in the O*NET (Occupational Information Network), particularly for the titles of web administrators and web developers, please contact WeProfessionals.org via the contact us page.

For additional information about Blomberg BNA visit www.bna.com/

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Web Professionals of the Year – Russia

WebProfessionals.org Organization Recognizes Web Professionals of the Year

Moscow, Russia November 5, 2013.

WebProfessionals.org is pleased to announce its 2013 Web Professional of the Year Award, an honor recognizing those that who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the Web profession and education worldwide. Awards were announced in conjunction with WorldSkills Russia 2013, taking place this week in Moscow.

image of web design experts russia“By honoring exceptional Web professionals that contributed to the WorldSkills international competition, the Web Professional of the Year Award shines the spotlight on the role models and sources of inspiration for the next generation of Web professionals considering careers in the Web profession worldwide” said Ilya Belyakov, Chief expert of web design in Open Championship WorldSkills Moscow.

2013 Web Professionals of the Year are:

• Ilya Belyakov, Chelyabinsk region;
• Valentin Kotz, Moscow;
• Sergey Chagin, Moscow;
• Irina Fetisova, Republic of Altai;
• Ekaterina Lapenkova, Moscow region;
• Gelshat Rafikova, Ulyanovsk region;
• Igor Kim, Moscow;
• Natalia Makaveeva, Moscow;
• Olga Harkovskaya, Republic of Sakha ( Yakutia);
• Zulfikar Muslimov, Republic of North Ossetia – Alania ;
• Victor Burakov, Chelyabinsk region;
• Alexey Selenkov, Moscow;
• Oleg Semichev, Sverdlovsk Region;
• Alexander Pavlov, Moscow;
• Olga Perlova, Moscow;
• Sergey Sharov, Samara region;
• Idar Nureyev, Tatarstan;
• Anna Sokolachko, Moscow;
• Elena Batkova, Samara region;
• Olga Zhirnyagina, Moscow;
• Tatiana Semenova , Moscow;
• Lyudmila Mikheeva, Penza region;
• Ivan Zakharov, Moscow;
• Yuri Lazarev, Moscow;
• Zarina Saifullina, Moscow;
• Giga Chikhladze, Leningrad region;
• Nail Nasyrov, St. Petersburg;
• Ivan Shikerin, g.Reutov

Special thanks to:

* College number 90 – provided equipment for the competition.
* Darya Kapustina – translation.
* Victor Burakou – technical support.
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In making the announcement Bill Cullifer, Webprofessionals.org Executive Director said, “For the sustainability of the Web profession, we must refine our education processes when it comes to Web professional topics, I am proud to be a part of this international initiative to deliver the highest quality and the most affordable Web professional education available.”

About WorldSkills

WorldSkills International is a not for profit membership association open to agencies or bodies which have a responsibility for promoting vocational education and training in their respective countries/regions. WorldSkills International operates worldwide and is politically and denominationally neutral.

WorldSkills International provides a unique means of exchange and comparison of world-class competency standards in the industrial trades and service sectors of the global economy. The continued growth of WorldSkills International attests to the fact that traditional trade and craft skills along with the newer technology multi-skilled vocations make an essential contribution to the economic and social well being of peoples everywhere.
As a free standing, non-political organisation World Skills International provides a cost effective means for international government and industry cooperation in achieving higher standards and status for vocational education and training on a worldwide basis.

The WorldSkills Competition

In 1946 two Spaniards had a vision. José Antonio Elola Olaso and Francisco Albert-Vidal dreamed of an international craft skills competition, a professional-quality championship with participants from all over the world. The first Spanish championships for apprentices were a roaring success in 1947.

In 1950, neighbouring Portugal joins in, and since 1953 more and more countries have taken up the challenge. Morocco, France, United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland entered teams for the International Vocational Training Contest. Since 1999 the event has been known as WorldSkills. Initially held annually, it has been held every other year since 1973.
Today, up to 65 countries and regions take part in this mega-event.

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Web Professionals of the Year

Web Professional Organization Recognizes Web Professionals of the Year

WorldSkills Leipzig, Germany July 5, 2013. WebProfessionals.org a professional association announced its 2013 Web Professional of the Year Award, an honor recognizing those that who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the Web profession and education worldwide. Awards were announced in conjunction with WorldSkills 2013, taking place this week in Leipzig Germany.

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“By honoring exceptional Web professionals that contributed to the WorldSkills international competition, the Web Professional of the Year Award shines the spotlight on the role models and sources of inspiration for the next generation of Web professionals considering careers in the Web profession worldwide” said Jeff Boulton, Chief Expert in Web Design.

2013 Web Professionals of the Year are:

•Arwid Wibom, Sweden
•Carlos Silva, Portugal
•Chorng-Shiuh Koong, Chinese Taipei
•Julio Cesar Prado, Colombia
•Marcelo Strehl, Brazil
•Manuel Schaffner, Switzerland
•Nupur Prasad Giri, India
•Seng Hin Mak, Macao, China
•Seung Lyui Ryu, Korea
•Shadi Ayoub, United Arab Emirates

Awards were also presented to:

•Jeff Boulton, Chief Expert in Web Design
•Jarrad Langdon Deputy Chief Expert in Web Design.

In making the announcement Bill Cullifer, Webprofessionals.org Executive Director said, “For the sustainability of the Web profession, we must refine our education processes when it comes to Web professional topics, I am proud to be a part of this international initiative to deliver the highest quality and the most affordable Web professional education available.”

About WorldSkills

WorldSkills International is a not for profit membership association open to agencies or bodies which have a responsibility for promoting vocational education and training in their respective countries/regions. WorldSkills International operates worldwide and is politically and denominationally neutral.

WorldSkills International provides a unique means of exchange and comparison of world-class competency standards in the industrial trades and service sectors of the global economy. The continued growth of WorldSkills International attests to the fact that traditional trade and craft skills along with the newer technology multi-skilled vocations make an essential contribution to the economic and social well being of peoples everywhere.

As a free standing, non-political organisation World Skills International provides a cost effective means for international government and industry cooperation in achieving higher standards and status for vocational education and training on a worldwide basis.

The WorldSkills Competition

In 1946 two Spaniards had a vision. José Antonio Elola Olaso and Francisco Albert-Vidal dreamed of an international craft skills competition, a professional-quality championship with participants from all over the world. The first Spanish championships for apprentices were a roaring success in 1947.

In 1950, neighbouring Portugal joins in, and since 1953 more and more countries have taken up the challenge. Morocco, France, United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland entered teams for the International Vocational Training Contest.

Since 1999 the event has been known as WorldSkills. Initially held annually, it has been held every other year since 1973.

Today, up to 65 countries and regions take part in this mega-event.

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