4 Easy Steps to Becoming a Web Developer, by Molly Crockett
Want to be a web developer, but feel intimidated by the technical side of it? Just because coding and numbers are involved, doesn’t mean that it’s that hard to learn.
So, whether you’re just starting web development, or you’re somebody with no prior experience in the field, then you’re in luck! Web development is a great career to invest time in, as long as you have the know-how. And guess what? We have the know-how!
In just four simple steps, you’ll be on your way to becoming a web developer.
Let’s dive deeper:
Hypertext Markup Language, or HTML, is a front-end computer language that’s considered the basic skeleton of a website through a series of tags. Tags are HTML codes that control the appearance of content, like these:
- <HTML>…</HTML> – This tag is at the beginning and end of an HTML document.
- <title>…</title> – The title tag; it explicitly states the primary topic of a page, and makes it easier for search engines and users to find it online.
- <head>…</head> – This tag consists specific site information like title tags, metadata, and links to scripts and style sheets.
- <body>…</body> – This tag includes all content that will be shown to users.
Note: All tags start like “<body>” and end like “</body>”. Always end the tag with “/” or else the entire document will use that tag.
Cascading Style Sheets, or CSS is responsible for your website’s style. Without CSS, your site will look boring.
2. Find Your Community
You can also learn the ropes from past web developers – people who have already been in your shoes. Consider learning skill basics through tutorials and online classes, or find a web development community to get real-world feedback and advice from. GitHub and Stack Overflow are great communities where you can participate via discussion boards, post projects, and learn from other people. By networking with other developers, you’ll not only gain wisdom, but also collaborations and friendships.
3. Learn about UI and UX
User experience design consists of two things: UI (User Interface) and UX (User Experience). But don’t panic! All you have to do is learn the basics, in order to understand how both of them should work on your website.
Consider the following programs to learn more about UI and UX, and get the ball rolling:
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Photoshop (for more advanced learners)
4. Understand SEO and How Your Site Should Run
“The Search Engine Optimization, or as people refer to as ‘SEO,’ determines a website’s rankings within a search engine like Google,” says Emma Phocas, a tech writer at Australian help and Paper fellows. “In other words, you’re competing with other websites to be noticed more often, and get search results and clicks. And, in order to get those searches and clicks, you must have good and relevant content.”
Now, you don’t have to be an SEO expert to know SEO. Just know the following:
- Meta tags tell browsers what your site is about. So, be sure that you optimize these tags.
- Your heading tags should be in a specific order. H1 is your main heading, and then keep going (i.e., H2, H3, H4, and so on). This helps search engines navigate the site.
- Your title tag should properly describe your web page.
As you tweak all the tags, also make sure that your site is running well. Check to see that the elements of the website adjust according to the screen size. Check to see that it looks good to visitors on a laptop or mobile device.
As you follow these four steps, just know that it’s okay to take your time learning. That’s how a lot of web developers have started, when learning web development.
Also, the demand for web developers will still be there, when you finally master the art of web development. Remember: work hard, keep at it, and you’ll soon be reaping the rewards of a successful web developer.
Molly Crockett writes for Academized and UK writings. As a marketing writer and blogger, she shares her unique lifestyle tips and personal development advice with her audience. She also writes for Boom Essays writing blog.