A web developer is much more than a strangely dressed introvert who writes coding necessary to customize a website. They are the people who put the website together. They work with the graphic artists, copywriters, and coders in some cases, to put together a website that is going to appeal to the client’s audience.

Web developers need to be able to design and code a functional, attractive website and requires a deeper understanding of the in’s and out’s of a website backend than a web designer would.

Since there are currently 27+ million live websites are built via WordPress we strongly recommend starting your web development learning path by studying the inner workings of how to build, edit and maintain websites via this industry-leading CMS platform.

Below you will find our recommended order of courses for the best web development learning path as well as what these courses are about:

WordPress

In its short history, WordPress has become the platform of choice for millions of sites worldwide. Initially a blogging engine like Blogger and Tyepad, WordPress has grown to become a full content management system deployed in sophisticated environments from community to government to private enterprise. But for all its power, the appeal of WordPress is in its simplicity and ease of use, demanding very little of the web newbie while allowing those with more savvy to take it to new and practically unlimited heights. 

While you can build an entire website using just WordPress with no knowledge of HTML, CSS, PHP or JavaScript, there is an entirely different world that will be opened up by learning these coding/scripting languages.

Some high profile websites that use WordPress include:

HTML+CSS

HTML & CSS are the building blocks of most websites today and form a core element of any Development course. You must develop a strong understanding of these languages before you even think of starting a career in web design/development.

HTML, HyperText Markup Language, gives content structure and meaning by defining that content as, for example, headings, paragraphs, or images.

CSS, Cascading Style Sheets, is a presentation language created to style the appearance of content—using, for example, fonts or colors. CSS describes how HTML elements are to be displayed on screen, paper, or in other media.

JavaScript

JavaScript, often abbreviated as JS, is a scripting or interpreted programming language that conforms to the ECMAScript specification and allows you to implement complex features on web pages. Every time a web page does more than just sit there and display static information for you to look at — displaying timely content updates, interactive maps, animated 2D/3D graphics, scrolling video jukeboxes, etc. – you can bet that JavaScript is probably involved. It is the third layer of the layer cake of standard web technologies, two of which are HTML (HyperText Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

PHP + MySQL

PHP is the most popular scripting language for web development. It is free, open source and server-side (the code is executed on the server). MySQL is a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) that uses Structured Query Language (SQL). It is also free and open source. The combination of PHP and MySQL gives unmet options to create just about any kind of website – from small contact form to large corporate portal.

PHP is a fast and feature-rich open source scripting language used to develop Web Applications or Internet / Intranet Applications. MySQL is a powerful open source database server built based on a relational database management system (RDBMS) and is capable of handling a large concurrent database connection.

Web Developers Creative Package

This course includes HTML5, Javascript and CSS3 introduction and intermediate. The course is formulated to take you from the very initial steps of web development to the final stages of the latest technologies of the internet. With the skills gained you’ll be able to design the latest and most awe-inspiring websites that your clients will only be dreaming of. The Creative License is valid for 1 year.

Bootstrap

Build responsive, mobile-first projects on the web with the world’s most popular front-end component library.

Bootstrap is an open source toolkit for developing with HTML, CSS, and JS. Quickly prototype your ideas or build your entire app with our Sass variables and mixins, responsive grid system, extensive pre built components, and powerful plugins built on jQuery.

EMCAScript

ECMAScript (European Computer Manufacturers Association Script) is a scripting language based on JavaScript. Invented by Brendan Eich at Netscape, ECMAScript made its first appearance in the Navigator 2.0 browser. It later started appearing in succeeding browser versions of Netscape as well as other browsers. ECMAScript is widely used on the World Wide Web especially for client-side scripting.

NodeJS

Node.js is a JavaScript runtime environment. The Node.js run-time environment includes everything you need to execute a program written in JavaScript.

Node.js came into existence when the original developers of JavaScript extended it from something you could only run in the browser to something you could run on your machine as a standalone application. Now you can do much more with JavaScript than just making websites interactive. JavaScript now has the capability to do things that other scripting languages like Python can do.

Need some more information before going through the process of becoming a web developer? Have a look at our blog on Why Becoming a Web Developer Will Earn You The Big Bucks!​