10 Places That Teach You How to Code
Someone building a website today is lucky that it’s much easier to put together something that looks good and professional than it was in the early days of the web.
In addition to the simplicity of registering a domain and selecting website hosting, you no longer have to become fluent in html or CSS in order to launch a website. Instead, you can lean on website builders and templates.
But while becoming a coding expert is no longer required, learning to code –at least the basics– is still a useful skill for any website owner to have.
Why You Should Learn to Code
Even if you hire a programmer for the heavy lifting or use a website builder, understanding the basics of how to code can make you better at maintaining your website and doing a lot of the smaller tasks that will come up over time.
In particular, learning to code will:
- Make you better at hiring people for positions that require coding because you’ll know the right questions to ask and be able to understand their answers.
- Ensure you understand the backend of your website so you’ll know how to add code for things like Google Analytics tracking or schema markup.
- Teach you how to recognize and update the different parts of the web page that are most important for on-site SEO.
In short, it can help you do a lot of things on your website better and save you from having to call in (and pay) a programmer for smaller tasks you can manage yourself.
The good news is that basic coding isn’t even all that hard. It definitely looks intimidating at first, but as with any new skill, learning it is just a matter of taking some time and finding the right resources.
We can’t help you with time, but we can point you in the right direction for coding resources.
10 Places Where You Can Learn To Code
1. Code Academy
If you’re good at self-directed education, then their free courses will probably be a good fit. If you could use more direct help, they also offer a paid option that includes a personalized learning plan and live help from advisors.
They’re a good resource for learning the basics if you learn well by reading, and they’re a good go-to resource to bookmark for when you need examples or a refresher on how to do something down the line.
Price: Free (it’s right there in the name!)
In addition to the lessons themselves, FreeCodeCamp also has an active forum with millions of community members who help each other out, so you can ask questions as you go and learn from others’ experiences.
It’s good for beginners that learn better by doing rather than reading or watching.
The Odin Project also offers a forum with an active community of people who can help each other through the learning process.
The Code Conquest website offers free coding tutorials, programming language cheat sheets, and quizzes to help you test your knowledge.
In addition to all of the education resources they offer, they also provide reviews on other coding training resources (including some on this list) and coding-related deals.
Price: Free trial, then $9.99 a month
Lynda is a subscription service that provides access to a large number of online courses on various subjects, including coding and web design.
In addition to courses on coding and specific programming languages, you can also find courses that get into topics like UX design and SEO.
Price: Varies per course
Udemy’s another site that offers web courses in a wide variety of topics. Unlike Lynda though, you pay by the course rather than a flat subscription rate.
The site has many courses on coding and programming languages, most of which cost around $10 a piece.
Price: $19 a month
Envato Tuts+ provides a number of how-to tutorials, courses, and ebooks that cover an array of coding subjects, as well as other web design topics.
Their pricing covers both all the courses and a number of resources like templates and fonts you can use in your web design projects as well.
10. Local Coding Bootcamps
Some people are simply better at learning from a teacher who will work with them in person. If you’re worried online courses and resources won’t match your learning style, do some research into local coding bootcamps being offered in your area.
Most cities will have one or more option and you can get the in-person treatment that works best for you.
Ready to Start Learning?
You could probably get by as a website owner without learning to code, but devoting a few hours to learning the basics will absolutely make your life easier and make tasks accessible to you that would otherwise feel out of reach.
Take advantage of the many helpful resources available to learn the basics and take more control over your website.
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Kristen Hicks is an Austin-based freelance content writer and lifelong learner with an ongoing curiosity to learn new things. She uses that curiosity, combined with her experience as a freelance business owner, to write about subjects valuable to small business owners on the HostGator blog. You can find her on Twitter at @atxcopywriter.