Happy December! Here's our WP Question of the Month:
What are some good resources for learning how to do a little coding (HTML, CSS, etc.)?
I'd like to submit an answer to get us started. I'm currently in love with codeacademy.com (free and gamified like Duolingo). Also, Sitepoint always seems to have a few of their books available as free downloads and sometimes runs specials like a few weeks ago where I got 11 of their books completely free. (Worth signing up for their email list to keep an eye on deals.)
There are a ton of learn-to-code resources online, so let's hear your favorites!
Over the years, I've asked my website designer to teach me Drips & Drabs of code. We created an internally-accessed WordPress SOP page with instructions to common things to be done, like photo sizing or proper code checks to ensure code isn't broken. I also look at code when I'm on our site, just to see how the language flows - it really is another language. In the long run, I gotta remember: I'm not the coding expert and it's worth it to me to hire someone to monitor the website through a maintenance contract or to use them when I don't have the time to content changes without possibly mucking it up (and then having to call them in anyway). That said, I know enough to be dangerous and mind my carrots when I can.
Forgot to mention: Our area has the Hudson Valley Tech Meet-up every month and the Dev O'Clock group which deals strictly with code and creation. If you're in upstate NY, both of these opportunities are great for techies to build their networks and their skill base.
PS - To save your time and mine, I'm limiting all my responses to five sentences or less.
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If you already know HTML and CSS, I found WordPress.StackExchange.com immensely helpful for learning for learning WordPress code. The archive of questions and answers is incredible.
For learning html and css, I usually google my question and often end up here:
W3Schools Online Web Tutorials
I don't know why I don't start there.
My big to-do list includes learning php on code academy :-)
The book "Designing with Web Standards" by Jeffrey Zeldman was probably the single most useful thing I ever read about coding HTML and CSS.
I've used countless resources over the last several years, and the one I'm using right now is Know the Code by Tonya Mork. They have a free plan and two paid plans. It's very WordPress-centric and teaches you WordPress coding and all the relevant technologies, including PHP and jQuery.
This resource is by far the best one I've used because Tonya does an excellent job of teaching the big picture and the "why" behind coding and computer science. It may be overkill for some, but I've loved how many lightbulb moments I've had and how much better it has made me at being a developer.
Otherwise, back in the day, I first learned PHP through Jeffrey Way's videos on Tutsplus.