Coding 101

Have you ever just wanted to change the address on your website, or add your own colors or font. I have, and I had no clue where to start. I was so tired of paying other people to do things on my website that I feel should be easy to do. So I reached out to Allie Nimmons of www.AllieNimmonsCreative.com and got her advice and guidance on where the heck to jump on the coding train.

The 3 Tiers of Learning to Code Online

https://www.w3schools.com/

*Contains the basis of all the HTML rules, HTML being the building blocks of writing any code

*Allows you to move up and learn the basic rules of CSS, Javascript, AJAX, and much more

*Completely free, uncomplicated, and simple tutorials on learning and practicing code

*Downsides: Can’t log in to save or track progress, graphics and layout are very simple and can get boring/feel like homework to learn

https://www.codecademy.com/

*Teaches everything from HTML to APIs

*More interactive and drilled down/specific activities than w3schools

*Also teaches you programs like GIT, authenticating Ruby on Rails, etc.

*Has tons of free or paid courses depending on what you want to learn and how far you want to go

*Fun, game-like process

*Earn badges and “level up” as you learn more

*Downsides: Can get expensive the further in you go, when there are glitches in the tutorials (which there sometimes are) there isn’t anyone to help you, things like quizzes, projects and advisors are only available with Pro version

https://www.thinkful.com/

*Almost like going to school for coding

*A comprehensive course teaching web development, data science, and other skills

*You get a dedicated mentor who schedules Google Hangout sessions with you weekly to help you and teach you

*93% job placement rate – created to mold new web developers and designers

*Downsides: Places more of a focus on development/coding and little focus on design, despite multiple options for payment the base is $9,000 for six months for a web development program and $300 per month for a skill course, when I attended my mentor wasn’t the best teacher