Learn Web Development : Free vs. Premium Training

I truly believe that if you have a passion for web design you can learn to code, and it doesn’t matter what stage of your career you’re in right now. Whether you’re looking to self-study in your spare time, learn with an online community, or even jump into an in-class full time program there are options below that will fit your budget.

Start for Free

Nowadays there are dozens of online resources that’ll teach you to code for free. While I’ve had some success with Code Academy, there are some issues that come with self-study. You’re in charge of your own time-management and curriculum and often support is lacking. These free programs are a fantastic place to start if you want to get a taste of what it’s like to code.

  • freeCodeCamp
    Join a supportive community. Build projects and earn certificates. Get experience while helping non-profits.
  • Code Academy
    Join over 45 million learners from around the globe. Learn to code interactively, for free.
  • GA Dash
    Dash is a fun and free online course that teaches you the basics of web development through projects you can do in your browser.

Start with Minimal Investment

I have only one instructor in my “minimal investment’ category and that’s because my personal experience with these programs was so incredible. I’ve taken these classes and they’ve taken me from coding zero to coding hero. Jonas Schmedtmann is creator of CodingHeroes  and he offers his classes through Udemy.

I took these self-study classes in my spare time and I can’t say enough good things about them. Jonas is an engaging instructor and you’ll code side by side with him while he walks you through HTML, CSS, and later Javascript. You’ll build beautiful websites that you can put in your portfolio right away. When I was stuck on a particularly tricky piece of code I would just pop over into the Q&A and see if anyone else had run into my problem.

While each of the courses below lists for $195 dollars I timed my purchases appropriately and bought them on sale for no more than $20 each. Udemy runs huge discount sales all the time, so while I believe the courses are worth full price I definitely recommend waiting for a deal.

If you’re serious about learning to code and you have minimal money to invest in web design classes my personal recommendation is to take all three of the courses below, in the order they’re listed below. There are many other excellent web development courses available on Udemy, but these are by far the best. Oh – and these are not affiliate links!

Start with Larger Investment

If you’re looking to invest a larger amount of money in your web design education the below classes are all highly rated and might be right for you. The benefit of these larger programs is that whether you’re pursuing them full or part-time you’ll be expected to set aside a substantial amount of time for your program. You’ll be working with an instructor who you can reach out to with questions, and you’ll be guided through a comprehensive curriculum prepared by industry professionals. At the end of these programs you’ll get real certification to add to your resume, you’ll be left with a ready-to-go portfolio, and you’ll be connected to a community of professionals, which is incredibly valuable when you’re looking for your first job, or your first client.

  • Brainstation
    Brainstation, a subsidiary of the Konrad Group, has physical schools in both Toronto and NYC if you’re inclined to study in-person, but they also offer their programs through online study. Their Web Development class is quite comprehensive and will leave you with a beautiful portfolio and a strong foundation in the basic of web design.You’ll learn: HTML5, CSS3, Bootstrap, SAS & BEM, JavaScript and JQuery.
    Tuition Fee(subject to change): $12,000.
  • Career Foundry
    Career Foundry’s The Web Development Course That Gets You Hired promises that you’ll learn the skills employers are actually looking for. The amount of work that you put in each week is flexible so you can learn at your own pace.You’ll learn: HTML5, CSS3, Bootstrap,JavaScript, JQuery, Ruby on Rails, Heroku, and more.
    Tuition Fee(subject to change): $4,000.
  • Hack Reactor
    Hack Reactor’s has an evening and weekends-scheduled course, taught over nine month that’ll teach you fullstack software development without quitting your job.
    You’ll learn: fullstack software development.
    Tuition Fee(subject to change): $17,780

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