Everything you currently see was created by me. The user interface, the code, the free illustrations, even the rankings.
But that’s not it.
I’ve learned everything from scratch. With online courses, YouTube videos, and books.
Today I want to show you some of these resources.
Some of them are free, some of them are paid.
Those which are paid, are surely worth every dollar.
Let’s get started.
The first course that I can recommend is called the Ultimate Web Designer & Developer Course: Build 23 Projects! by Brad Hussey. This course is available on Udemy.
This is a course especially valuable for beginners. Actually I would recommend it to beginners only.
Of course, it is not really a complete web developer course. You won’t become a full-stack developer just by taking this one course, but I think this does not come as a surprise.
Having said that.
Brad gives you a great overview of several important design & development subjects.
First, he introduces you to the visual design aspect of web design. He shows you how to create wireframes and how to work with Photoshop.
After that, you will learn basic HTML and CSS.
For every topic, there are three levels.
Basic, Advanced and Intermediate.
Since this is a huge 32-hour course, you will be able to learn the basics of each language and Brad will give you a great overview of what is waiting for you along the way.
After HTML and CSS, there is PHP, WordPress, JQuery, and MySQL waiting for you.
It is especially great if you are not sure yet which path to pursue. Like I said I don’t recommend it to intermediates or advanced users. But for those who are starting out, it is an awesome course.
Course number two is not an actual course but a YouTube channel.
So for those of you who are looking for some free stuff, this might be the right thing.
Let me tell you something about learning:
The best way to actually learn web development/web design is to build some real-life applications.
Now there is a channel which is called DevTips and which does exactly this. Building a real website.
The channel was run by Travis Neilson, who is an incredibly funny guy.
He does a very good job teaching and he goes more in-depth with HTML, CSS, and JQuery.
He also will introduce you to Jekyll which is one of my favorite web developer tools.
Besides a lot of short clips, there is a complete video series where Travis builts a website from design to the finished product.
The particular series I am referring to is this one:
Today the channel is run by David and MPJ. To be honest, I stopped watching Dev Tips when Travis left, but you might want to check them out as well.
The Travis videos are gold for everyone who wants to become a self-taught web designer.
When you dive into the world of web design, you won’t be able to get around WordPress.
The reason is simple. WordPress is incredibly powerful. Most people who are not into writing their own code will use WordPress for their CMS.
What is even more fun, to create a WordPress theme from scratch. To do this you will need a good teacher. This is what Brad Schiff does incredibly well with his WordPress course on Udemy.
In this course, Brad will start by showing you all the basics.
He will teach you how to install WordPress on a local machine, how to create a thumbnail for your theme and how to connect your CSS file with your WordPress theme.
It sounds really basic, but you will learn a lot. Not only about WordPress but also about web development in general.
In 27 hours of on-demand video, you will build a theme from scratch. Brad is going to create a theme for a fictional university.
The lessons don’t get boring. A theme for a fictional university is a perfect place to learn about blog posts, events, and custom post types.
What I love about this course is that Brad has a really good way of teaching. Do you know the feeling of this click moment when you finally begin to understand a subject?
That is exactly what had happened to me while taking this course.
Small things will make you understand how WordPress works and in the end, you’ll learn a lot more than just WordPress.
What are your favorite courses? Send me an email and I will check them out.
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