I want to be a professional web developer, please help

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I don't know anything about developing a website and i have a strong passion for it. Please help me on what to do. How to do it. Is it possible through self-education. Please tell me everything i need to know. I want to know how to get my hands dirty. To know how to code is what i want. And to be
professional in it. Thanks
#programming #developer #professional #web
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  • Profile picture of the author DLycanthus
    I would suggest you just start typing things into Google like 'How to make a website' and 'HTML for beginners,' etc.

    It is very much self-teachable, as that is how I got started. There are literally thousands of tutorials and guides on how to set up the most basic of sites.

    Go through the tutorials at w3schools and also codecademy.com.

    Just keep Googling and reading articles. Reading and research is how you teach yourself!
    • Profile picture of the author tolu4you
      Originally Posted by DLycanthus View Post

      I would suggest you just start typing things into Google like 'How to make a website' and 'HTML for beginners,' etc.

      It is very much self-teachable, as that is how I got started. There are literally thousands of tutorials and guides on how to set up the most basic of sites.

      Go through the tutorials at w3schools and also codecademy.com.

      Just keep Googling and reading articles. Reading and research is how you teach yourself!
      Thanks.... I have been doing that for more than two months but I haven't found a way
  • Profile picture of the author DLycanthus
    What exactly are your questions about site building? Design? The code itself? Elaborate some more!

    My best suggestion would be to go to one of these 'free template' sites, download a template, and play around with it. Change numbers, change different text. Save after EACH change, and go refresh your page, what did it do?

    Or, you could set up a normal 'skeleton' HTML document, and just add one element at a time. Play with div tags inside the body for example. Nest them, nest them, then nest some more and throw some text in the middle, or an image. Notice what each change does.

    The only way you can learn is by continuous researching and, probably more so, by doing. Two months to master a skill is ambitious, but not likely.

    Good luck!
    • Profile picture of the author tolu4you
      Originally Posted by DLycanthus View Post

      What exactly are your questions about site building? Design? The code itself? Elaborate some more!

      My best suggestion would be to go to one of these 'free template' sites, download a template, and play around with it. Change numbers, change different text. Save after EACH change, and go refresh your page, what did it do?

      Or, you could set up a normal 'skeleton' HTML document, and just add one element at a time. Play with div tags inside the body for example. Nest them, nest them, then nest some more and throw some text in the middle, or an image. Notice what each change does.

      The only way you can learn is by continuous researching and, probably more so, by doing. Two months to master a skill is ambitious, but not likely.

      Good luck!
      The code itself... I want to know how to get my hands dirty. to know how to code is what i want. And to be professional in it. Thanks sir
  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Start Googling and teach yourself. There are probably a lot of courses you can take too.
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    I would say forget about the frameworks and all that for now and focus on actually understanding the language itself.

    If you have absolutely no clue where to get started:

    HTML5 Introduction

    CSS3 Introduction

    These pages should explain what you need to build a basic skeleton template that you can then use on your next projects.

    You can find skeleton templates online too, but I believe it's best to build your own because you will learn a ton of stuff this way!
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  • Profile picture of the author tolu4you
    Thanks to you all
  • Profile picture of the author O0o0O
    The HTML websites are a great place to start. Also play around with making WordPress sites until you can get some good progress going.
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    I don't know how the rest started but I started by learning in these steps:
    1. HTML (Use daily)
    2. CSS (Use daily
    3. Javascript (depends on project)
    4. ASP / MS SQL (in college - I don't use either anymore)
    5. Coldfusion (don't use it anymore)
    6. PHP Web Programming (Use daily)
    7. MySQL Database w PHPMyAdmin (Use daily)
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  • Profile picture of the author kdavies
    Start by taking a professional course that will teach you the basics and most importantly, how to think as a programmer.
  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Burritt
    Free Courses which are good: https://www.codecademy.com/
    • Profile picture of the author IzRush
      Originally Posted by Jeff Burritt View Post

      Free Courses which are good: https://www.codecademy.com/
      This in my opinion is the best way to get started. I'm completely self taught and this is the resource which started my learning. Its really fun too, its fully interactive so you learn by doing! Give this a try OP, trust me.
  • Profile picture of the author vuzuhari
    Start with udemy website. It is a great website to learn anything, millions of high quality of courses are available there (free and paid).
  • Profile picture of the author yourfriend78640
    You want to be a Web Developer? Here are some things that I you should know

    There are 2 types of Developers:
    -- Front-End Developer
    -- Back-End Developer

    Front-End Developer
    This guy designs the look and feel of a website. Such as designing navigation bar, side bars, footer, header etc. For this, you need to learn Html, CSS and Javascript.

    Back-End Developer
    This guy deals with all the programming stuff. Such as connecting to the database, fetching data and handling all the user inputs etc.For this, you need to learn PHP, Javscript, Ruby, ASP etc.

    Just like people are saying above, Google is your best friend. Use it and it will help you all the time and will teach you everything.

    For more help, you can ask me too
    • Profile picture of the author tolu4you
      Originally Posted by yourfriend78640 View Post

      You want to be a Web Developer? Here are some things that I you should know

      There are 2 types of Developers:
      -- Front-End Developer
      -- Back-End Developer

      Front-End Developer
      This guy designs the look and feel of a website. Such as designing navigation bar, side bars, footer, header etc. For this, you need to learn Html, CSS and Javascript.

      Back-End Developer
      This guy deals with all the programming stuff. Such as connecting to the database, fetching data and handling all the user inputs etc.For this, you need to learn PHP, Javscript, Ruby, ASP etc.

      Just like people are saying above, Google is your best friend. Use it and it will help you all the time and will teach you everything.

      For more help, you can ask me too
      Possible to learn both sir?
  • Profile picture of the author Mrnace
    I am learning myself.

    it is definitely self teachable.

    I am basically creating my own website myself, learning everything from scratch as I build it.

    At the end it will feel great that I've done it all myself, plus I'll have a very handy skillset that I can make some money off.

    I wish you luck.
  • Profile picture of the author kavyaanjali
    hey
    See developing a website is not that difficult. now there are many tools that help you developing your website according to your design. word press is one of them. and if you want to learn coding than its a long run way. for that you have to learn html, css, php, java-script, j query etc. you can use w3schools.com for learning these concepts. all the best.
  • Profile picture of the author totalprocessing.net
    Your learning adventure should include a lot of time on youtube. Lots of good stuff there for learning how to build websites.
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    • Profile picture of the author Themarketer123
      A great place to start is code academy there you can find many tutorials in HTML and CSS, i think Javascript also. You can't go wrong on this site. Just google code academy. Good Luck.
  • Profile picture of the author StevesProfitSecrets
    Good tips here...start with HTML5/CSS3 and how to build responsive sites from hand without frameworks. Then you can move onto using frameworks/grid based systems and the last big step is learning server side programming. (C#, PHP, Ruby, Java, Python, etc)

    I think to be a good Web developer you want front end and back end skills and everything in between. A jack of all trades...
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  • Profile picture of the author Regina Vitsentzatou
    I think that buying books or finding online tutorials is a good beginning. You can start with something like this: Codebabes

    Furthermore, after start learning the basics, in case you want to setup a development environment on your computer so as to start building your own website you can do so by following this: XAMPP Tutorial: How to Use XAMPP to Run Your Own Web Server.. Secondly, if you need a good code/text editor, you can choose a free one like this: A hackable text editor for the 21st Century

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author ksummers
    I learned the basics of front end, mainly back end web dev during a computer science degree. I'm pretty crap at front end design! But we can't all be one man bands.
    Anyway, my point is I learned from textbooks, there's a lot of great material out there. Why not contact your local university and ask what textbooks are required for their software development course?
    I would make recommendations but I last touched a textbook about 6 years ago and things move so fast these days I'm sure my recommendations would be obsolete.

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