One of the most grueling aspects of learning web development or just learning how to code in general is the fact that there are many different languages that you are going to need to learn. You might not need to learn everything at once and I do recommend that you pick a focus language to start off with but eventually you will need to get around to having a basic understanding of almost everything.
Good question right?
You don’t want be spending hundreds of dollars on courses just to find out that 30min in android development is just not your thing. I’ve actually had this happen to myself and today I’m going to provide with a solution to these problems I’ve discussed so far in this post.
One of the best ways to get to know a language is to get your feet wet with something that is basic but will help show you what’s to come. The solution? Free courses on Udemy! That’s right as of right now there are over 223 FREE web development courses on Udemy, click here to get the master list otherwise read on further and see what I recommend you start off with.
Code a “Coming Soon” Landing Page In Bootstrap 4 – This course is very similar to a course I’ve taught on bootstrap 4 which shows you how to build a basic coming soon landing page. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce you to this amazing front-end web design framework.
Build Your First Website In 1 Week With HTML and CSS – This course is perfect for beginners who are new to web development in general. A great way to get started with learning HTML and CSS.
Learn E-Commerce Website in PHP & MySQL From Scratch! – A great introductory to learning php and how to build an ecommerce website from scratch.
Complete WooCommerce Plugin Tutorial For WordPress 2017 – Woo-commerce is a plugin that will take any basic WordPress website and change it into a fully functional online store. This is the perfect free resource to help get you started with building e-commerce websites on WordPress.
Bootstrap 4 Quick Start: Code Modern Responsive Websites – A good introductory to Bootstrap 4 which is one of the most popular front-end frameworks on the web. This is a great course that will help teach you the basics and get you started.
How To Build And Make A WordPress Website From Scratch 2017 – Everyone Web Developer needs to learn how to use WordPress and we all need to start off with the basics. In this course you will learn how to build your very first WordPress website and get familiar with the WordPress interface.
Practical PHP: Master the Basics and Code Dynamic Websites – Another PHP basics course but still very helpful for those who are new to PHP.
How To Create A Local WordPress Environment With Desktop Server – last but not least my very own free course on Udemy that will show you how to build WordPress websites locally on your very own PC or Mac.
Alright well that’s it for this list. If you go through these course they should keep you busy for quite some time. Although the structure and quality of some of these course might not be the greatest at least they are free and they will definitely help you become a better web developer as a result.
For those of you who would like to take your web development skills to the next level please consider checking out my Udemy course Learn How To Become a Front-End Web Developer.
Learning Web Development online can be daunting simply because of the fact that there are so many places online to learn web development from. Some are free, some are paid but which ones are the best and which ones are not so great? Well, really it depends on what you are learning and how you apply what you are learning.
If you actual take in what you are learning and apply it any kind of resource online will help you to become a better web developer, and this is the secret to becoming a good web developer. Although I’m going to give you some of my own personal recommendations of what I think the best places to learn web development online are remember this:
“To learn but not to act is to not really learn.”
It’s very important that you take in what you are learning and apply it. Do this and you will have no problem becoming a freelance web developer. It will take some time but you will certainly get there.
So here’s some great places online to kickstart your web development career.
My first recommendation is my personal favorite of course, its also at an amazing price. Treehouse offers high quality web development lessons, tutorials and full blown courses. They even have a tech degree program that will take 12 months to complete and give you an official online web development certificate while building out your skills and portfolio at the same time.
It’s the ultimate resource for learning web development online.
Definitely check these guys out, there are really good. They offer a basic and pro membership plan starting at $25 a month and capping at $50 for the pro membership. Ether or works good the only difference is one gives you a little bit of extra bonus content. Ether way your getting everything you need.
Treehouse is currently offering a 7 day free trial for readers of my blog that you can claim by clicking here.
Skillshare is a platform that I have used before as well as a platform that I currently teach web development courses on. Skillshare is super cheap as well only costing you $10 a month to enroll. Although the quality of the courses are not as good as Treehouse they do offer a lot more variety and sometimes the mini courses on Skillshare are a little bit more easier to digest then the longer ones on Treehouse or Udemy.
Ether way Skillshare is still a great place to learn programming and web development online. Skillshare is offering readers of this blog a discount. You can grab first month for only $1 by clicking here.
Udemy is the very first online course teaching platform that I stumbled upon online. This is essentially where my web development career started. The courses on Udemy are priced a lot higher then anywhere else but if you pay attention to their special deals and sales you can grab high quality courses for a really cheap price.
There are also some really good and in-depth courses on Udemy that teach web development and online programming. Check out the web development category on Udemy by clicking here.
I bet you weren’t expecting me to list YouTube here but on all honestly there is a lot of great content on YouTube and its all FREE. I’m going to do a little bit of self promotion here but my own YouTube Channel offers all kinds of free web development courses, tutorials, and lessons. You can subscribe by clicking here.
There’s pretty much a tutorial on YouTube for everything and programming is very big on this platform. Of course the quality will very here and there but the cream of the crop will generally rise to the top thanks to YouTube’s good ranking system.
Last but not least I’m going to list Amazon here because of the sheer number of low cost Kindle books on the platform for learning web development. Now I will pretty much always recommend you learn web development by watching video content although sometimes books can help as well.
If you would rather prefer to read from paper like I sometimes do check out Job Ducketts HTML and CSS books by clicking here.
Alright that’s it! Now there’s still many more places you could learn web development online but honestly there’s just too many to list here and you don’t want to overload yourself. Pick a platform or two and focus on the courses there one by one.
Remember what I said earlier its important to apply what you are learning as well!
Enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments section below.
Although I usually recommend video courses for learning how to code in some cases reading a book just makes more sense. In fact in general when it comes to learning sometimes I just prefer to read a book. I spend a lot of time during the day at a computer and after a while its nice to just give your eyes a break.
Books can be good for learning web development. In fact one of the best references for learning HTML and CSS was written by Jon Duckett, check it out by clicking here. Of course the quality of the book also makes a big difference but for those times when you just simply don’t have access to a computer or a stable internet connection here is a list of the top 5 web development kindle books to read:
1. WordPress for Beginners 2017: A Visual Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering WordPress
The number one book on this list is WordPress for Beginners. WordPress is a great content management software platform that every web developer needs to learn and master. This book offers a cheap resource that will definitely get you started with WordPress and have you creating your first few websites in no time. Check out on Amazon by clicking here.
2. Learn CSS in One Day and Learn It Well
CSS is a very important language that teaches you how to style a webpage. If you want to make beautiful websites which every client is going to want to have then you are going to learn CSS and master it. Although CSS is a very deep language and it takes a lot of practice to get to the point to where you can make nice looking websites you are going to need to start somewhere.
Start with the basics and work your way up from there. You can grab Learn CSS in One Day off Amazon here.
3. Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
The number 3 book on this list is quite interesting because it doesn’t teach you exactly how to program per say but it teaches you something that web usability is very important. In fact why do most users leave websites, because they ether can’t find what they are looking for or they don’t like the way the website works.
This is a very important concept to understand and sometimes less is more. This is a great book for anyone who has done a little bit of programming and wants to take their skills to the next level. You can grab it off Amazon by clicking here.
4.The Best WordPress Plugins: 500 Free WP Plugins for Creating an Amazing and Profitable Website
Although this book doesn’t exactly go into very specific details on building websites it does introduce you to plugins that can help make your life as a web developer a heck of a lot more easier. This is also a great book for those just starting out and want to still offer clients a service but maybe your not quite comfortable building a website completely from scratch.
There’s nothing wrong with using a plugin and as you get more experienced as time goes on you will learn more. Check out 500 FREE wp plugins to help you build websites off Amazon by clicking here.
Well, there you have it. These are the best selling Kindle books on Amazon for getting started with web development. Actually to be honest there are many, MANY more, I just picked a few from a very large list. The point isn’t to read as many books as you can the point is to pick a few, work through them and then practice what you learn.
Practicing and applying what you are learning is very important!
If you liked this post please let me know! Also if you have any recommendations I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!
In this quick course you will learn how to use the Bootstrap 4 framework to build a simple coming soon website. You can watch the entire course by viewing them as separate videos below:
How To Install and Set-up Bootstrap 4
Working With The Bootstrap 4 Jumbotron Component
How To Create a Sign-up Form With Bootstrap 4
Adding Copyright Information To Our Website
Final Touches and Styling Our Website
Hello everybody, welcome to the course. You can watch the video version of this lesson below:
In this video, you’ll going to learn the basics of HTML. Were gonna get started off by creating a new folder on your computer to organize the files for this course.
So, go ahead and do that right now.
I’m going to create a new text document. This is going to be our web page.
Open up your newly created text document and go to file and save it as index.html.
Notice how now we have an html file here that we can open up with our web browser. We can go ahead and delete our old notepad file since we don’t need it anymore and if we open up this file, we can see we have a blank webpage.
This is because we haven’t actually written any html yet.
The next thing we have to do is we have to get our html or coding editor so that we can use it to write html on our webpage.
I’m gonna go ahead and go to Google.com and I want you to type in “Notepad ++” and you will want to click on the first result here or you can go to this URL here, which is the homepage.
Navigate to the download section and download Notepad++ onto your computer.
We will wait for the file to download…
After the file is downloaded, give it a click and start the installation process. Select your language here, go through the agreements and everything, and pick where you want it to be installed.
I’m just gonna leave all this stuff as default since I don’t really know what any of it does. Again, just kind of skip through all this stuff, don’t worry about any of it and it will start installing.
Now, I have an earlier version of Notepad ++ so I’m just gonna ignore these little things that pop up and I think that’s what’s causing that but again, you can just kind of ignore them and Notepad ++ will just install normally and now we can hit “run” and now we have Notepad ++.
What we want to do is we’re gonna go back to our HTML document, I’m going to right click it and go edit with Notepad ++.
Now, we have our document opened up in Notepad ++ and we can begin to write some html.
I’m just gonna write some basic html elements here and just kind of show you how we can start to build a website.
The first thing I’m going to create is called a tag, this is an html tag and this is the start of the tag and we also have to make a closing tag.
I’ll write the closing tag here.
You’ll notice that there’s a forward slash here at the closing tag. You’ll also notice that it changes color in our coding editor.
What this means is all of our html content on this page has to be within this html tag. Pretty simple to understand. Right?
If we click on the tag, Notepad ++ will highlight the closing section as well.
Within our tag, I’m going to hit space and I’m going to write an h1 tag and again, like your html tag, I’m gonna create a closing tag after I write my text here.
We have our h1 tag, it’s closed off and inside of it we have some text and this text is going to be given the style of an h1 element.
When I save our file and preview it, you’ll see exactly what I mean.
So, we can see our text here is now a headline on our webpage.
Pretty simple, right?
And if we go back into our document and if we change this text here to something a little bit different and we save our file, and then refresh our page by hitting F5, we will see that our text will change to whatever we wrote again.
This is basically how we add html elements to an html document.
It’s pretty simple, it’s not super complicated.
Again, if we go into my blog, we can see here that html is predominantly creating this website. We have some text, we have some content and again, it is styled with CSS to make it look different, but this is predominantly html that is building this website at its structure.
What you’re going to learn how to do is build the structure of a webpage in this course.
If I go to my courses page here, if I hover my mouse over one of these images, you’ll see that it moves.
Before we can do any of that, you have to have a firm and strong understanding of working with html.
Really, that’s what creates the backbone and the structure of a webpage. Now that you know what html is, it’s time to start looking at the structure of an html document in further detail which you will learn in the next lesson.
This lesson is part of my Introductory to HTML and CSS course on Udemy. If you are interested in purchasing the full course, you can do so by clicking here.
The Following is my CSS basics course that you can watch below. This course is created for those who are familiar with HTML and are ready to progress to the next level. If you need a refresher on HTML check out my HTML basics course by clicking here.
Full Course in One Video:
Single Video Lessons:
What is CSS?
How to Link to an External CSS Stylesheet
Working With CSS Classes and ID’s
Let’s Do Some Basic Styling in CSS
The following video is a review of the book entitled HTML and CSS – Design and Build websites. This is a very well written book by Jon Duckett. If you are interested in purchasing the book you can do so by grabbing it off Amazon by clicking here.
Hi guys, how’s it going? In this video I’m going to address two common questions that I get; the two questions that I’m going to focus on are beginning related questions. I get this asked a lot from people who are just starting out learning how to program or design websites, and that is what is the best place to start learning how to code? How do you get started with HTML or the different programming languages that there is out there?
My main piece of advice is to just take it one day at a time, because a lot of stuff you learn in programming, stuff like that; it’s not stuff that kind of just settles in and clicks in right away. It takes some time to learn and you just take it day by day. I’m actually going to give a recommendation of a great resource to get started with learning how to program websites and design websites.
The first recommendation I’m going to give you is to go on the internet, look up free tutorials, look up courses; even look for paid ones, I have paid ones myself. Just look at some very beginner ones. If you rate straight from a beginner, you know nothing, like I said focus on HTML, CSS and just go through the courses, do some practical assessments, try to build some websites yourself.
Try to build up your portfolio and just take it day by day. It really does just take practice and time, then eventually over time you’ll kind of get those aha moments and things will start to click in place. At least that’s what happened with me when I first started learning. It took me a while before things started to click in my head.
My other recommendation I’m going to give you guys is; I have a book here, it’s called “HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites.” I believe the author is John Duckett. I got this on Amazon and I got a link for it, you can take a peek at it if you want. I think I grabbed it for about $20 give or take. It’s a book about HTML and CSS and it’s a great reference for anybody getting started.
I’m going to take a quick peek here and show you what this book has to offer. As you can see the pages are really well done, the graphics are really well written. There’s a lot of text, a lot of information and reference. It shows you all the different commands in HTML, CSS, how to build layouts, responsive web design. It even has a section on CSS3 and HTML5.
There’s a lot of design theories and different things like working with images and stuff. It’s a great book, and it’s a great reference, and I highly recommend it for anybody who is just starting out with HTML or CSS.
I think together you can grab both the books for roughly about $50. They’re a great reference and I highly recommend them for everybody who’s just starting off. Again, just go online, look up tutorials and YouTube videos and stuff like that. Eventually things will just click into place. Again, check the book out, there’s a link for it in the description.
Hope you guys liked this video, hope it helped you out. You know what, just stick with it and eventually you’ll get to understand it. Before you know it, you’ll be developing websites and programming online.
Is This Book Right For You?
If you are interested in picking up this book are not quite sure whether or not its right for you then here is what I have to say about it. HTML and CSS – Design and Build Websites is geared towards those who are beginners or still need a good reference on how to build websites from scratch.
If you are still in the phase where you need a guide or are constantly looking how tutorials and guides or just can’t seem to stick it all together then this book is what I recommend. The pictures are great and the quality is very good. The book itself is a little on the expensive side but honestly for what you get its actually pretty under priced in my opinion.
Although this was only a short review I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any comments to share about the book then please do so in the comments section below!