The best courses for learning web development [2018]

Curious what web development courses you should take?

Here are my recommended courses based on my own experience and research. They’re ordered generally from beginner to more advanced topics, so you can actually follow a pretty good track if you start from the top.

If you’re a beginner, I’d start with either freeCodeCamp or Colt Steele’s bootcamp. And honestly, it can’t hurt to do both, because when you re-learn the topics the second time, it will cement them better in your memory.

After that, you can continue down the line.

The only exception would be that you only need to do John Morris’ Upwork course if you’re trying to go the freelance route. It wouldn’t apply if you’re planning to work for a company eventually.

Hope you enjoy!

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Team Treehouse

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Treehouse is one of the most popular learning platforms for coding, and with good reason. Their instruction quality is top notch, and they are very beginner-friendly. Treehouse has a large collection of courses, and also offer “tracks,” an easy-to-follow path to learn all the material related to, say, front-end web development. It takes a lot of guesswork out of trying to figure out what you need to learn.

Treehouse is a premium platform, using a subscription-based model. But they give you a lot of bang for your buck. One especially helpful feature is the workspaces. Workspaces let you write and test code online, without the hassle of having to set up a local server.

All in all Treehouse is a really great option that I highly recommend, especially for beginners. You can give them a spin and sign up for a free 7 day trial.

Check out Team Treehouse here.

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Quincy Larson, founder of Free Code Camp

FreeCodeCamp is a non-profit organization founded by Quincy Larson, a teacher-turned-engineer. His mission is to make learning to code accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. The result has been freeCodeCamp, a self-paced, full-stack bootcamp that is completely free!

The tech stack that they teach includes HTML, CSS, JavaScript, React.js, Node.js and mongoDB. In addition, the website has a great message forum for students where you can ask questions on the assignments.

If you’re looking for a free option to get your feet wet in learning web development, you may like freeCodeCamp.

Check out freeCodeCamp here.

The Web Developer Bootcamp by Colt Steele

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Colt Steele’s Web Developer Bootcamp is the number 1 rated course of its kind on Udemy. Colt was a bootcamp instructor who decided to make his curriculum available online. The more than 40 hours of video lectures goes through everything a beginner would need to know: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Node.js, and MongoDB.

The course has a 4.7 average rating by students, and at a price point of between $10-20 (depending on what promotion Udemy is running), it’s a bargain compared to the traditionally very expensive bootcamps.

Check out Colt Steele’s Web Developer Bootcamp here.

JavaScript and CSS courses by Wes Bos

Wes Bos is one of the most well-known JavaScript teachers online. He has a teaching style that is really engaging and not at all boring, and he also does a great job explaining concepts.

I’ve linked to a few of his courses just because I think he is such a great teacher, and his courses are very in-depth. Some of his courses are free, and others are paid courses.

Here are some of his most popular courses:

JavaScript 30 by Wes Bos

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One of Wes’ most well-loved courses is the free course called JavaScript 30. With over 8 hours of video tutorials, JavaScript 30 will show you how to build 30 different projects. These projects include cool tools like a virtual drum kit, custom video player, and a whack a mole game.

One caveat is that it may be a bit advanced for complete newbies to JavaScript. However, if you have some basic skills already, JavaScript 30 will enable you to build some great projects. And it’s free!

Check out Wes Bos’ JavaScript 30 course here.

CSS Grid by Wes Bos

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Another free course by Wes Bos on one of newest topics in web development right now– CSS grid. Like his other courses, Wes does a great job of explaining all the ins and outs of CSS grid using clear screencasts. At just under 4 hours devoted to this one topic, it’s a brief but very concentrated course. And again, it’s free!

Check out Wes Bos’ CSS Grid course here.

React for Beginners by Wes Bos

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React.js has been dominating the JavaScript framework in recent years. It’s one of the most in-demand web development skills currently. If you haven’t learned any of the JS frameworks yet, Wes’ React for Beginners course is a great place to start.

At around 5 hours of course content, it takes you through all the steps in building a real-world React app. As the name suggests, this course won’t take you through more advanced concepts. But it will give you a very in-depth look if you’re just starting out.

Check out Wes Bos’ React for Beginners course here.

Freelancing on Upwork by John Morris

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Want to work for yourself as a freelancer? This course by John Morris is all about Upwork. While Upwork has a reputation of being a “race to the bottom,” it’s actually possible to succeed on the platform. The key is to stand out from the rest of the super underpriced devs and promote yourself as a reliable option to potential clients.

John Morris walks you through a detailed, practical set of steps on your road to being a freelancer. Video modules include topics like how to write a profile that will attract clients, how to create a portfolio that will show off your skills, and how to land sales.

You can check this course out a 30-day free trial on Skillshare. If you cancel your membership before the 30 days are up, you’ll be able to go through the whole thing for completely free.

Check out John Morris’ Freelancing on Upwork course here.

 

Looking for even more?

Check out my post on the best books for learning web development here.