Are you interested in learning web design but don’t have the first clue where to start? If so then you’re not alone, there is lots of information and tutorials out there but for many people that’s just the problem, there is too much choice! With that in mind I am going to talk about 3 of my favourite online resources where you can learn about web design in one place without the stress of chopping and changing between books and tutorials.
W3Schools is jam packed full of helpful tutorials that are designed to teach you by doing which in my humble opinion is the best way to learn a new skill.
There are lots (and I do mean lots) of tutorials for you to choose from so you are sure to have most if not all of the information you need in the in place, you just have to work through it.
It’s free to use and you only have to pay if you want to become certified. One of the features I like best about W3Schools is the quizzes they provide in each area, HTML, CSS etc so you can test your knowledge as you go. The only downside to it is that the layout of the website may be a little complicated and off-putting to web design newbies. It could do with some content explaining how it all works as it requires a little bit of prior knowledge to use and you are thrust straight into these strange looking codes. Once you get your head around that however, it is a great platform learning web design and development and if you want to dive right in without too much hand holding.
If you prefer to learn by listening to expert much like sitting in a university lecture then Treehouse may be the option for you. Don’t get me wrong the videos aren’t anywhere near as dull as some lectures can be, in fact they are pretty engaging. Like W3 it covers all of the basics of web design and development and then goes into the more complex stuff once you are at the appropriate level.
Probably the best feature of the site is the way it allows you to work along with them and test your results rewarding you with achievement badges for good work. This makes it stand out from other run of the mill videos which aren’t very engaging or interactive. There is one obvious downside which is the fact that you have to pay a monthly fee of either $25 or $49 depending on the packages you choose but sometimes if you want the best sources of knowledge you have to be willing to fork out for it.
There is a free trial option which I recommend you try before committing to a monthly fee.
Like W3, Code Academy allows you to learn by doing but in a much more user friendly way. The whole point to Code Academy is to build your own website from scratch by following their instruction and learning along the way. It takes you right through from the very basics which can be frustrating if you already have a decent level of knowledge of the coding languages as you will probably get a bit bored doing the simple stuff. This is a bit of a negative but really it doesn’t hurt to go over the stuff you already know again and if you’re looking for a web design tutorial then you can definitely afford to hone your basic knowledge on the subject.
To use Code Academy you just need to sign up using your email or you can sign up through Facebook and Google+. With this online platform there is no hiding, you have to commit to every exercise to get on to the next one but personally I like that as it forces you to learn it all, as long as you stay patient and motivated.
Those are my 3 top online resources for learning web design, what’s yours?