Learning to code

Evening all,

If i am thinking about learning to code and get into web design what do you recommend i start with?

I am looking to start with CSS & HTML, i have also been advised to add some JavaScript in as well.

Any advice to point me in the right direction truly appreciated.
 

rosssmith

Member
Here are a tip that every beginner should know in order to learn the basic of coding, I've seen "w3 Schools", It has a proper intro to HTML and CSS to learn code that’s designed in a super cool format.
 

nayan

Member
I dont know if its gonna work for everyone or not,but honestly after all these years i have learnt that you cant really keep something memorized for a lot of time,
So instead of separately working & learning html then css then javascript just try to create a web site their are many courses available only just try to replicate one thing and then I am sure you are gonna learn something from it,and then just try to create change or tweek little things in that website.
And after doing all these things just start creating your own website,and if your stuck just google it I am sure their will be answer available in sites like this and like stackoverflow.Just google the exact problem that you are stuck on like "line 56 in contains wrong syntax" I am sure someone before you got stuck their and will have gotten answers.

So instead of asking broad questions like how to learn web design just start doing it.

Also sorry for spelling mistake if their are any.
 

fisicx

Active Member
Website design isn’t about code. It’s more about content, imagery, layout, colours, typography, information flows, placement, organisation, calls to action, trust marks and a zillion other things.

The days of building websites by hand have almost gone. There are umpteen different platforms you can use to build a website with thousands of themes, extensions, plugins and scripts you can use to deliver functionality.

If you want to learn how to code as a hobby that’s great, but if you want to make any money you need to learn how to build websites using existing tools.
 

fisicx

Active Member
It really depends on exactly what you want to do.

For example, if you want to build sites using Wordpress you only need to practice setting up themes and plugins.

If you want to build sites from scratch then brackets for a Mac or visual studio for a PC is all you need.

There are tons of learning resources, some free some paid that you can use to get to grips with the basics.

As suggested above, get some cheap hosting and play. If you manage nothing more than a single page saying ‘hallo world’ you will have achieved something.

I started out with an HTML for dummies book and build my first site using a very old version of dreamweaver. I then brought a book on CSS and discovered how to structure a webpage. After this came Wordpress and I’ve never looked back. I don’t build websites anymore, I just build themes and plugins. These are a lot more lucrative and a lot less stressful than building websites - mainly because I don't have to deal with clients (who invariably don't have a clue what they want).

As an aside, this is about as simple as it gets:

Code:
<html>
    <head>
        <title>My First Website</title>
    </head>
    <body>
        <h1>Hallo World</h1>
        <p>This is fun</p>
        <p><a href="https://google.com">Here is a link</a></p>
        <p><src img="https://testblog.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/hattie.jpg" alt="this is a picture"></p>
    </body>
</html>
 
Well, it depends on why you want to get into code. Here the thing if HTML and CSS is where you are going to stop, you can just use a wsywig editor and never have to bother learning it.

If however you want to go further in development and you will have to if you want a career in it as the bottom end of web development (coding ) is falling away due to do-it-yourself platforms. ) you are going to need to start learning more complex dynamic languages if you intend coding as a career and for that, you are going to need fundamentals, whether you go python, ruby PHP java whatever you will need to understand HTML and CSS.

Ironically despite the massive rise in DIY website builders, many people find more need for customization due to personalization happening in marketing right now for users. Maybe they will solve that with a DIY solution in time. For now, we re-write a lot of major plugins codes.

As was correctly pointed out above the look and UX of website is still something incredibly important and something that most business owners who go DIY struggle with and ask an agency to do for them

Heck, its so bad you have agencies advertising Wix design, Squarespace, and Shopify website design as services <<---- these are supposed to be complete DIY platforms.

In case I haven't scared you off, the best way to learn: Learn to set up a localhost, and start writing your own stuff. Use udemy (has some good stuff, spend time on stack overflow) to learn fundamentals and for when you get stuck. ) The fastest way to learn is to plan and code your own project doesn't matter how simple it is. Then scale it up think of what you can add. Its really rewarding.
 

ry0ryryry

New Member
Hi everyone, I’m not sure if this thread is relevant for my question but I saw there were some discussions on what coding and website building is and thought of my friend. He’s getting started on a business and trying to create a B2B and B2C forging website since he loves everything about his craft. I remember he attended an online Bootcamp for HTML and CSS but he said it wasn’t enough and he asked me if I could help him since I have a background in graphic design and little UX/UI.

Just a little bit of him and what he’s trying to do, he actually got started and he used Shopify since it was easier for now to handle and he can just tweak it and migrate as he progresses since he has products already so he needs that website created asap and at the same time he aims caters to the B2B space. He’s been reading on strategies and tips on how to sell on Shopify (I believe he was following this guide) and now he’s getting into the marketing side of things and hiring an SEO expert (not sure if this would be beneficial for us but linking his site here in case) to help him design its content strategy more inclined towards getting traffic and inquiries.

I was wondering if we want to migrate his website out of Shopify, what class or boot camps should he take? I’m trying to help him with the design aspects but in terms of website creation from scratch what class do you think would be be beneficial? What platform not a part of the DIY ones (shopify, wix, squarespace) would be his best bet? Do you guys have any suggestions?
 
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