An endangered species, webmasters were traditionally responsible for the upkeep of websites and uptime of Internet WWW servers. Today, the webmaster maintains the HTML of a website or sites, and checks the email address. It's quite an unflattering position.

Many early webmasters were responsible for site design, HTML, CGI, and even hardware configuration and maintenance. With the recent popluarity of large websites, this job has been broken down across entire departments. The webmaster's job has expanded from a single person operation to a slew of tasks such as network administration, VPN setup, and even some marketing jobs, which may be distributed across several different departments.

Webmasters were cynical cybercreatures, who on the large part read far too much science fiction. The departmentalization of webmasters has changed the company website from being cool to corporate.