Jan 23, 2019

How to Build a Website

Moving beyond the ready-made platforms for creating websites to building your own website using HTML and CSS coding is not as difficult as it may sound, even for beginners. Web design coding tutorials are available online, as are short, engaging courses sponsored by professionals in the industry.

HTML and CSS Basics for Designing Websites

The secret sauce to creating a website is the programming, better known as coding. HTML and CSS are the two core coding technologies used for building websites. HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is the foundational structure of the Web. CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is what applies style to a website.

HTML gives structure to your website. It allows you to create headings, text, lists, tables, photos, video clips, sound bites, and the like. You create hyperlinks to other parts of your site using HTML coding as well as provide ways for visitors to search your site and make purchases.

By adding CSS coding to your site, you include color, a variety of fonts, and appealing layouts. CSS lets you accommodate for viewing on different devices as well, such as those with large or small screens.

How to Create a Website Using HTML and CSS

Within three weeks at 10 hours a week, you can know all you need for creating your first website using HTML and CSS codes for web design. And there's even better news: It's free. Udacity's beginner-level course, Intro to HTML and CSS, teaches you how to build styled and well-structured websites. You take this online course at your own pace. Learn how to use HTML to create websites as well as CSS syntax, units, and selectors. The course also provides an understanding of code editors and Developer Tools for a browser that you can apply to building websites for yourself or as a skill to offer to others.

The Next Step: Optimizing Your New Website

You might also consider taking an extra week to learn how to optimize your website for speed. Udacity's Website Performance Optimization taught by Google is a short course that gives you a sound understanding of the Critical Rendering Path: the steps browsers take to convert code like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript into websites. The course is free as well. You learn how to use PageSpeed Insights and Google Chrome's Timeline view in its Developer Tools to analyze data so you can optimize your website's performance.

There's More

Udacity's Catalog offers a host of additional free courses on coding, building websites, and programming. And if you find you've caught the IT bug and want to move beyond making your own website, enroll in a Udacity nanodegree program such as Intro to Programming, Mobile Web Specialist, or Google Analytics.