Web Design Courses. The Ultimate Resource.

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Jonny Pathan
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Web design and development is still a very popular career choice for many. With practically everything being connected to the internet these days, the need for web developers has never been greater.

We’ve taken a look at all of the best web design courses, classes and resources and put them all into one place to make your life easier!

So, you want to learn web design?

Great! Web design, as you can imagine is very close to our hearts! We’re glad it’s close to yours too.

Where to start?

Finding or starting a course can be really overwhelming, with a bazillion online courses, YouTube videos, PDF’s, and one-to-one training options out there, how do you know which one to pick! Fear not, we’ve scoured the search engines and listed out all of the top places to visit.

Have a think about how you’d like to learn and choose what’s right for you. Would you prefer to watch YouTube videos? Or, perhaps you’d like an interactive course which tells you where you’re going wrong? How about a beginner course? Maybe you are a graphic designer wanting to further your website design knowledge? Or you prefer distance learning?

We’ve got most bases covered, from building a website to learning HTML and CSS in 30 days!

How much does it cost?

As you would expect, prices vary depending on the type of course you choose. Face to face makes a big difference, courses with certification and more in-depth training tend to be priced higher. Fear not though, there are lots of amazing courses that cost absolutely nothing but time, we’ll get to those a bit further down!

I’ve picked out a few examples to show you the variation in pricing, there doesn’t seem to be an industry-wide pricing structure, so you’re best off looking at real reviews, testimonials and keeping it within your budget.

PLEASE NOTE: We are in no way affiliated with any service provider mentioned anywhere in this article:

  • The highest rated online web design course on popular training website Udemy costs a mere £10.99 (though apparently, it’s usually £200). This course includes ‘7.5 hours on-demand video, 37 mins on-demand audio, 14 Articles, 8 Supplemental Resources, Full lifetime access, Access on mobile and TV, and a Certificate of Completion.’
    View the course here
  • A complete web design course on popular Codestars, which has a whopping 20467 reviews, and 107464 students enrolled, costs £99. This is a ‘learn by doing’ course, and covers ‘building 25 websites and real mobile apps using HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, Python, MySQL and a lot more.’
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  • A face to face classroom course with mammoth training company Jellyfish comes in at £485+VAT. This is a ‘two day HTML & CSS course will give you everything you need to know to start creating websites from scratch.’
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Where to find the best Web Design courses

We’ve scoured the web for you, searching high and wide to pick out the best courses you can find online and offline. Feel free to skip to a section that suits your needs. This list will get updated whenever we find great courses that make the cut! (Last updated on 8th January 2018)

Online Courses

Here’s our list of what we believe to be the best online web design courses, free and paid!

YouTube Channels

YouTube is an amazing resource which is not just full of cat videos. There’s some awesome channels, videos and communities dedicated to helping people learn how to create websites. We’ve picked out a few winners sure to get you started on the right track.

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Popular learning channel thenewboston
  1. XHTML and CSS Tutorials Playlist – A cracking 46 video course all in one playlist, covering everything from downloading a text editor, to publishing a fully blown website! A great resource from popular channel thenewboston.
  2. Web Development Tutorial for Beginners – A great set of videos covering HTML, CSS and Javascript by LearnCode.academy.
  3. Learn HTML – Your First Web Page (For Absolute Beginners) – As the title suggests, this one is for absolute beginners. It’s worth noting, this was made in 2010, and web development moves fast, so bear that in mind when learning about techniques that may have evolved over time. Still, a great video by LearnWebCode.
  4. How To Make Your First Website – 19 videos covering everything from HTML to using FTP by LevelUpTuts.
  5. 30 Days to Learn HTML & CSS (Full Course) – I like this concept! 30 days, and about 10 minutes a day to learn the essentials of HTML and CSS. Worth a shot right? Videos by Envato Tuts+.
  6. General Assembly – A free coding resource that has tutorials perfect for anyone wanting to code websites in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

Udemy Courses

Udemy is a mammoth online learning website. Covering pretty much anything you can think of! We’re only on the hunt for web design though, and here are our top 3 Udemy web design courses in no particular order.

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Popular learning website Udemy
  1. The Web Developer Bootcamp – The most reviewed course on the website for Web Design, we had to include it! A whopping 223,562 students have enrolled on this one and it averages a 4.7/5 rating. With certification, over 40 hours of videos, and a plethora of resources; this one’s worth checking out. As of writing, this course is £10.99. Course by Colt Steele.
  2. Ultimate Web Designer & Developer Course: Build 23 Projects! – This one promises to teach you everything from Design to Front & Back-End Programming. Again, a strong rating of 4.5/5. and priced at £10.99, It’s worth looking into. Also, as with most Udemy courses, you can view sample videos from the course. Course by Brad Hussey, Code College.
  3. UX & Web Design Master Course: Strategy, Design, Development – We wanted to include this one as it covers User Experience (UX) principles, which are key to creating a great website! Shock horror, this is also £10.99 as of writing. Course by Joe Natoli.

Websites specialising in teaching you how to code

We go straight to the source and pick out some great websites dedicated to furthering your knowledge in web development.

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Code Academy’s interactive learning in browser
  1. Code Academy – HTML & CSS – We’re big fans of Code Academy. This FREE interactive way of learning really needs to be experienced to appreciate how well it works. Definitely worth checking out!
  2. Codewars – A unique take on learning, Codewars lets you improve your skills by training with others on real code challenges. You use it directly in the browser, and the difficulty progresses as you get better yourself.
  3. Free Code Camp – A great place to learn how to code. What’s more, you actually get to work on projects for non-profits, giving you invaluable experience on real-world projects! Oh, and it’s free!

In Person or Classroom Courses

Some people prefer to learn in person and to tell you the truth, that’s one of the best ways to learn! Here’s a list of classroom type courses.

Web Design courses in the UK

We’re based in the UK, so that’s what we know best! Here’s a list of real-world web design courses that you can go and participate in!

  1. Jellyfish, HTML & CSS – We mentioned Jellyfish previously, for good reason too. There well known as a learning academy teaching specifics in web design and marketing. We’ve picked out there two-day HTML & CSS course as one to check out. It costs £485 + VAT, and you can do the course in the Shard, London. Tres cool.
  2. City Lit, HTML5 & CSS: Introduction – This is a 3 session course over 3 weeks, introducing you to HTML & CSS, with the idea being that you move on to a more advanced course once completed. It costs £249 and the course can be done on weekends too. Cit Lit are based in Keeley Street, London.
  3. Salford Professional Development, Introduction to Web-design and WordPress – This course is aimed at those with little or no experience in web development. It costs £495 + VAT and the goal is that you’ll be able to create a basic WordPress website by the end of the two-day course.
  4. WordPress No Stress, WordPress training courses – This is a one day course that also provides you with a free domain name, and hosting for a year! It costs £99 and is located in Russel Square, London.

Web Design courses In Surrey

We had to include Surrey, as it’s where our offices are based.

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  1. Acuity Training, HTML5 and CSS training – This one’s a two-day course in Guildford. It’s worth noting, that they also offer on-site training too. It’s an introduction to the key elements of the HTML language. It costs £495 and they have parking on-site.
  2. Surrey Adult Learning – Using HTML & CSS – This course aims to take you through the various stages of creating your own website. It’s a 10 session course held in the evenings, and costs £126.
  3. Farnborough College, How to build a professional looking website – This is a 3-week course, one evening per week. It costs £100 on the nose and is aimed at those looking to make a website, with the knowledge to keep to progressing it once the course is over.

Courses Near You

We’re well aware that you may not be in London or Surrey, so we’ve found this online tool which is rather good. HotCourses.com lets you search for courses near you. It’s as simple as that really. We’ve tried it in a few areas, and it seems to have most covered! You can also search for online courses too.

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Easy to use Hot Courses, worth a search!

We hope that helps you on your way to becoming a web design superstar. Let us know in the comments below if you would like to see more specific course types such as free, certified, or even audio based and we’ll get on the hunt to update our list!

For now though, remember to keep your code lean, and fast and good luck with your training!

We’ve taken a look at all of the best web design courses, classes and resources and put them all into one place to make your life easier!

Social Media Management Software

In order to promote your business and reach consumers that spend an entire 24 hours a week online, you need to make sure that you have a viable social media strategy in place.

By posting unique and interesting content on your social media platforms, and by actively engaging with followers, you can start to turn this into a funnel for generating leads.

In order to stay on top of your social media strategy, it’s important to have some form of social media management software to do some of the heavy lifting. Software such as this is imperative for scheduling, tracking and monitoring social media content.

At its best, social media management software can help you not only plan your content months in advance, but also remain reactive by letting you tune into ongoing news stories or trending topics.

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We recommend: Hootsuite

There are a whole bunch of social media management companies out there and all of them offer roughly the same sort of package but Hootsuite is the only one that offers an actually free service (as opposed to just a free trial period).

They do try to hide it on their website though so make sure you follow this link in order to get to the right page.

The free version of this software lets you:

  • Manage up to three social media profiles from a choice of channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn
  • Schedule up to 30 posts in advance at any point in time
  • Track follower growth, likes and comments
  • Integrate two RSS feeds in order to find and share compelling content
  • Access Hootsuite’s online help center and community forum

Of course, there’s also a number of paid-for packages that you can buy from Hootsuite that give you access to a great number of services including higher ad spend budgets, automated post scheduling and custom analytics.

But if you’re a small business looking to get started, the free version of the software should be comprehensive enough to allow you to get your social media strategy in motion.

Website Tracking Software

We’ve said before that the secret to a successful lead generation strategy is to keep analysing and refining your methods. Well, website tracking software is the best way to conduct this analysis.

By digging into the analytics of your visitors’ actions, you can start to gain a better picture of why people come to your site, what they want from it, what they dislike about it and how you can improve upon their experience next time.

There are a wide variety of services that can fall into the category of website tracking software, including heatmaps, funnels, user polls, surveys, visitor recordings and more.

Basically, any kind of software that collects data about the ways in which your visitors interact with your site can be considered website tracking software.

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We recommend: Hotjar

Whereas there are a multitude of smaller software companies that focus in on just one website tracking service, Hotjar offers an array of useful tools.

Hotjar tools include:

  • Click, move, scroll, download and share heatmaps that can also be split by device type
  • Visitor recordings that allow you to replay sessions of real site visitors
  • Conversion funnels that identify on which page and at which step the most visitors are leaving your site
  • Form analysis that can help you to discover which fields take too long to fill, which are left blank and why your visitors abandon your form and page
  • A customizable widget that allows you to create pop-up feedback polls
  • Responsive surveys that can be distributed through web links and emails, or featured your site just before your visitors abandon the page in order to discover what their concerns are
  • The ability to recruit test users in order to get instant feedback on your site

Hotjar’s free service is able to collect data from 2000 page views a day and will give you access to up to 300 visitor recordings and 3 heatmaps, forms, funnels, polls and surveys. Unlimited users can be added to your account and Hotjar will also store your data for a full year.

While we’d normally recommend free services when possible, it’s probably worth paying for Hotjar’s Plus plan to begin with.

For just under £25 a month you can collect data from 10,000 page views a day and have unlimited services and reports. Plus there’s even a 15-day free trial for you to test out whether you like their software or not.

Remember

Lead generation doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavour.

What’s important is that you put real effort into all of your interactions with potential leads - whether that’s through educational and informative blog posts, social media interactions or even just a chat on the phone.

If you believe in your business’ ability to help its customers then all you have to do is let that shine through.

Ultimately, these tools are just there to help you meet potential leads on their level. The rest is up to you.

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