Become a web developer in just two weeks and have your beautiful seat amongst the reputables.
A Web developer is anyone who builds websites for personal or business purposes. As far as the internet rules in the world of technology, website designers (developers) will continue to have their ways to sustain and generate passive income.
Note: This article may interchangeably use ‘designer’ and ‘developer’ while referring to a web developer.
Painting yourself as a web developer isn’t worth it if you possess no skill to put some web pages together, on the internet. But it’s quite awesome to know how to build internet homes for businesses and brands.
What You Need To Know To Become A Developer
Usually, a website requires two core sides to work effectively. They are client-side and server-side. The client-side is the module (frontend) that communicates directly with the browser and the user of the website. While the server-side represents the server part (backend) of the website.
To stand out in the field you need to cover the two mentioned phases. Additionally, you need to possess some skills in graphics.
How To Get The Best Out of This Article
This article was written to build and celebrate successful developers, within a very short period of time. However, you can’t eat your cake and still have it. Follow the five guides below to get the very best out of this life-saving article.
- Pen down points and procedures.
- Read it twice to assimilate the core focus.
- Don’t click on any link in the first read; read to the bottom first.
- Implement what you read, and
- Don’t conclude half-way — complete the reading.
Getting on the journey…
Every success needs a struggle. A Website can be made in two major ways. They are what I call, the raw build and the quick link.
The headache here is not only its long time to learn what matters, but also its timeframe to complete a single project.
The Quick Link: This method is quick as its name sounds. With this, you can learn and master what matters in less than a month. And as opposed to the formal method, you can complete many rich projects within a short period of time.
Here, you’ll only need to get your hands around good tools that will help facilitate the procedure. The tools are as easy as your favourite social media – they are CMSs (Content Management Systems) and some markup tags. Don’t conclude here, read further!
People, including web experts, have been throwing this belief back and forth. Some people believe the fact that it’s cool to build your website from raw in order to have full trust in its outcome, and also have the capacity to tune it the way you want.
On the other hand, some love to go for CMS in order to fast-track their projects, and probably move to other important things.
The two assertions are correct!
Coding a website from raw gives you the full authority and confidence over your application. It also enables you to style your app to suit your wish and is far better than the usage of CMS if you aren’t selecting the best CMS platform.
CMS is damn fast at mastering, and project execution. The limitation of CMS is not within the reach of common applications like blog-site, news site, forum, e-commerce, social network, booking site, reservation site, chatting app, online magazine, school portal, and other responsive web types.
So, go for CMS for simplicity!
Though, coding is fantastic if you intend to handle complex tasks like making of plugins, building of developer tools, building of security apps, making of rigid CRUD apps, making of highly responsive apps, and other complex applications.
Why this article…?
In this post, you will learn the fastest and robust method, which is the quick link, which will enable you to become a web developer as quickly as possible.
There are varieties of CMS platforms that can easily fulfil your need in this scenario, but having thoroughly used 6 different ones, I will focus this article on the best and the easiest platform; it’s simply the WordPress.
WordPress is an extremely easy tool to build a stunning website. It has the ability to design any kind of responsive website.
For proper assimilation, I will split the procedure over two weeks – it’s quite simple.
Week One, Day 1: Learn Web Hosting
Learn about hosting from hosting providers like Qservers, Whogohost, https://www.hostgator.com/Hostgator, or any hosting provider to know how to purchase a domain (web address) and place your site on the global server – where anyone can have access to it. Try paying for the very basic hosting plan to practically move ahead.
Hosting is quite simple, so you can move further today.
Use the simple guides on your selected hosting provider to learn how to install WordPress via the Cpanel.
Congrats if you’re able to cover the hosting and installation today. Digest what you’ve learned, and relax till tomorrow.
Week One, Day 2: Web design with WordPress
Using YouTube, learn how to build a complete website with WordPress. Preferably, watch this video. Practice as you watch, for thorough assimilation.
Week One, Day 3: Theme and Plugin Installation
Learn about theme and plugin installation, to have the cool skill that will enable you to tune your website to your liking.
Try learning and using the following plugins.
Be sure you can vastly use the above plugins before calling it a day. Don’t memorize any code; you can always go to the source and do copy-n-paste.
Week One, Day 4: News Portal with WordPress
Learn how to design a news website with WordPress – watch this video. In this section, you will learn how to quickly design an awesome news website with a ready-made template (a.k.a. the demo importer). Make sure you build your version of the news portal before switching off your computer.
Week One, Day 5: Practice the previous lessons
Good designers are not common to find, and even hard to replace – try to be one. To stand out in web design, you need to practice very well.
In the 5th day, practice what you’ve learnt from day two through day four.
Week One, Day 6: E-Commerce with WordPress
Up till this day, you’ve attained the needful skill to easily capture what matters in WordPress. All you need is more practical knowledge.
Week One, Day 7: Build your dream site
You are not good until you’re able to practice without the help of your guide. Do away with your tutorial channels, and then start building any website of your dream.
If your result makes you proud, you are good to go. Also, don’t squeeze your palm if you didn’t make it right, you are still learning.
Everything is awesome till today. Don’t be deterred, today marks the day you’ll kick-start the journey that turns you a world-class developer – that is the coding journey. Strive with fun to become a web developer.
At a point in time, you’ll love to change the whole design of a theme to match your branding, or, in most cases, to satisfy the colour combination of your client. Then, you’ll need to apply little HTML or CSS code.
The two languages are interestingly simple. Let’s dive in!
Week Two, Day 1: Learn to code HTML
Using w3schools.com, learn about HTML, the introductory part and the following outlines.
Use your computer’s note editor and any browser to learn as you go.
Week Two, Day 2: Go deep in HTML
It will soon be interesting. Get your feet wet by practising what you learnt on the first day – yesterday if you are following this guide. I promise it’s going to become your second nature if you get used to it.
After practicing, try learning the following.
1. Links (hyperlinks)
Then work with the code till you understand how things work.
Week Two, Day 3: Now, learn CSS
With what you’ve learnt in html you are okay for now. Now, learn how to style your page with CSS. Go with the guide that follows.
1. CSS introduction
2. Syntax, selectors, and how to
3. Backgrounds, Margin, and Padding
4. Fonts, display, and rounded corners
What you’ve learnt is good to fulfil your dream. Now, relax until the next day.
Week Two, Day 4: Apply your CSS skill
You can’t be sure of what you’ve acquired until you’re able to prove it. Grab a theme and change some default output like setting the bottom copyright hidden, changing the colour of links, changing the background of the header, and so on.
Follow this link to learn how to manipulate WordPress theme, then apply whatever you learn.
See you on the fifth day.
Week Two, Day 5: Practise what you’ve learnt
Practice what you learnt in week one, days two and three (i.e. how to build a complete WordPress site using this video and how to install themes and plugins).
This will solidly help in cementing what you’ve attained throughout your learning. Don’t rush the practice; you will finish it up in the 6th day. Just stop whenever you deem fit.
Week Two, Day 6: Practice more
Continue from where you stopped in the 5th day, and ensure that you are able to get to a satisfactory stag – it doesn’t matter if you aren’t able to finish everything.
Just keep working around the WordPress dashboard till you feel like relaxing.
Week Two, Day 7: Learn the simple graphic design
Congrats! You should now become an awesome web designer. All you have to do now is to top-up your skills by quickly learning how to design useful graphics. It’s simple as well.
The online editor, fotor.com will give you all you need about basic designs.
There has never been a highland of knowledge; we all need to keep learning as we operate in our various fields. Below are tailored resources that can best reinforce your skill as a successful developer.
#1. Stackoverflow, where you can learn and ask any question about your development issues.
#2. YouTube is always good to improve on any soft knowledge, by watching practical videos.
#3. wpbeginner.com is one of the best sites to learn basic and advanced skills in WordPress.
#4. justfreethemes.com is one of the websites that leak out free WordPress theme.
#5. Google Search is your best friend for settling all perplexing issues.
This 2-week plan to ‘become a web developer’ was gathered by successful developers, including me, Adeoti. It’s therefore, an awesome decision to follow the guide with carefulness in order to achieve the best result. Good luck, and pay it forward.
You can practically walk your way up to become a web developer in just weeks if you put the guides in this article into practice.
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