How To Start Your Career in Web Development?

How To Start Your Career in Web Development
The internet is huge. Really huge. There are more than 1.25 billion websites online with thousands more added each day. Web developers (also known as front-end developers) are the individuals responsible for making that happen. They take a static visual design and turn it into a working, online website which people can visit and interact with.

A web developer shouldn’t be confused with a web designer (who decides what a website looks like), although these roles often overlap.

Getting Started on Your Web Development Journey

To get started in web development you’ll need to know three key languages: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. There’s plenty more to learn once you’ve mastered these, but these three are the basics. We like to think of them as the holy trinity of web development!

Let’s take a brief look at each in turn:

What is HTML?

HTML, or HyperText Markup Language, is a markup language used to describe the basic building blocks of a website. A markup language is a language that tells a computer how to present data; in this case, it’s the parts of a web page.

Every single website online is, at its most basic, an HTML file. The HTML code includes tags which tell the visitors browser how to render the data on their screen, informing it when certain parts, such as paragraphs and images, start and end.

Using HTML, you’ll be able to write a simple web page. Unfortunately, it won’t look very good. That’s where CSS comes in…

What is CSS?

CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, is used to create the presentation and layout of a web page. This includes the colors, the fonts, and the layout of the page. You can also use CSS to adapt the presentation to suit different screen sizes and devices, which has become increasingly important in the last few years as mobiles and tablets are now many people’s primary devices for browsing the internet.

It is common for more than one stylesheet to apply to a single HTML page; that’s where the “cascading” part comes in. The cascading bit means that each CSS rule can override previous rules — the rules are essentially ranked from general down to specific. The web browser takes the most specific rule and uses that. It sounds complicated, but it’s not — and it saves developers a lot of time.

What is JavaScript?

A website created using HTML and CSS can look great, but it’s just static. To make it really interesting, you might want to add some interactivity such as videos, news feeds, or animations. JavaScript tells the browser how to respond when a user takes an action without the browser having to ask the server. This saves time, adds extra usability, and gives web developers far greater control over their websites.

Consider it this way, if your website were a person, the HTML would be the bones, the written content and images would be the flesh, and the CSS would be the skin and hair. That person might look nice, but they won’t be moving much without JavaScript — the muscles. Each element is essential to making a fully-functioning, interactive person — or web page — which is why we advise you learn all three.

Becoming a Web Developer with Evolve Click

Evolve Click’s courses on HTML, CSS, and JavaScript are just what you need to kickstart your career as a web developer. The HTML Fundamentals course comprises 44 lessons across four modules and includes more than 125 quizzes to help you test your knowledge. The course takes you from the simplest fundamentals to advanced HTML5 features such as audio and video elements, APIs, and HTML5 forms.

The CSS Fundamentals course comprises 77 lessons across seven modules and includes 175 quizzes. The course covers everything you need to know including positioning & layout, working with text, gradients & backgrounds, and transitions & transformations

The JavaScript course comprises 51 lessons across seven modules and includes 147 quizzes. The course covers everything from basic concepts (such as variables, data types, and operators) to the Document Object Model (DOM) and events.

By the end of these three courses, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a web developer.