5 free web development courses for beginners

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Web development refers to building, creating, and an maintaining websites. It includes aspects such as web design, web publishing, web programming, and database management. While the terms “web developer” and “web designer” are often used synonymously, they do not mean the same thing. It’s quite a broad term as it includes a vast number of programming and scripting languages as well as frameworks and tools. In recent years, it’s been segmented into front-end and backend development too due to the sheer amount of learning and experience needed.

Here are a few technology terms that you will become familiar and will most likely have experience with in order to be successful at web development, this list is by no means exhaustive.

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • less (CSS)
  • Javascript
  • Backbone.js
  • JQuery
  • Angular.JS

There are a number of online free web development courses for beginners courses. Here are our top 5 interesting ones (in no particular sorting order):

1. Codeacademy

Codecademy provides a series of self-guided tutorials for beginners to learn the basics of web development programming.  An in-browser, self-contained development environment is created where you can learn the basic structures of front-end code like HTML and CSS.

2. The Odin Project – Web Development 101

The Odin Project is one of those “What I wish I had when I was learning” resources. Not everyone has access to a computer science education or the funds to attend an intensive coding school and neither of those is right for everyone anyway. This project is designed to fill in the gap for people who are trying to hack it on their own but still want a high quality education.

3. Mozilla MDN – Learn web development

Created by Mozilla the team behind the Firefox web browser. Takes you from beginner to comfortable through a series of articles and tutorials all in your own time.

4. Treehouse – Introduction to HTML and CSS

Their mission is to bring affordable technology education to people everywhere in order to help them achieve their dreams and change the world.

5. Coursera – loads of online courses

These are online free web development courses that are created by universities. The courses have a free element to them and premium paid-for services include earning a certificate and having access to the exercises and assignments.


As well as these free online free web development courses, don’t forget you have plenty of course delivery options including classroom or online live classes, so plenty to choose from to suit your own learning style, have a browse.

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