Learn How to Code

The process of building websites involves learning how to write instructions that allow the computer to do what you want. Most people have heard the term coding and with computers it simply means writing instructions that tell your computer what to do.

When it comes to programming webpages there are some logical starting points. The following describes the aspects that you would want to keep in mind when going about learning how to code.

1) Choose what language to learn.
Just as humans use many different languages to communicate, so can computers. Its a good idea to start simple and then get increasingly complex. The logical place to start with web programming is with a language called HTML and then CSS.

HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language and is one of the main languages used for website development. Strictly speaking many professionals would not call it a language, but that’s getting a bit technical to start off with. HTML does an excellent job of showing a webpage in a browser. A browser is a program used to view internet files such as Google Chrome.

CSS stands for Custom Style Sheets and is a very powerful way to avoid doing repetitive tasks such as formatting all your headings. It gives you a way to make a small change that can affect large parts of your website.

There are two other languages which should be considered by those wishing to delve deeper into web programming. These languages allow you to do some fancy formatting and to run programs which can dynamically generate content. These languages are called PHP and Javascript. Please make sure you know HTML and CSS before learning these two as they are much more complicated (but very worth knowing!)

2) Formal learning vs informal learning? Having chosen the language to learn you then have to decide on how to learn it. The first choice is whether to learn it formally or informally. Formal learning usually would involve taking a course at university or some other tertiary institution. That can be costly but well worth it if you are looking to be a professional coder. The other option is to learn how to code informally and this is the method adopted by many people and would be our recommendation for those seeing if they are interested. Luckily there are many resources for those just starting out.

3) Learning resources
Two great ways for beginners to learn informally are from books and videos. Books have the advantage that they are often better structured and have a logical flow to how they are put together. Obviously a good choice for those who learn well by reading. Consider getting a “Dummies guide to HTML” or whatever language you are considering learning. If learning by watching someone else demostrate what to do is how you learn best, then you can’t go past Youtube as a great source of coding videos. Simply type into Google something like “html tutorial” and run from there.