No, this isn’t a scam. We’re not even offering the service! We swear!
What I’m talking about is actual, real, non-scam sites that will help you learn how to code online, for free. And they’re not affiliated with us.
When you have a small business, and you know you have to get it online, and you don’t know anything about web design or coding – that’s a tough spot to be in. But that’s where most small business owners find themselves. Unfortunately, that lack of knowledge can leave you vulnerable to designers who are less than honest and may not actually have the skill and education necessary to make a website that works like it should. You don’t know what to look for when you’re interviewing them, and you have no way to know if the jargon they’re using is correct.
Even if you find yourself with a fantastic designer, relying on them to make every little change can be frustrating.
We know you’re busy. And we know that the very idea of “coding” is intimidating to most people. But if you have the time, even a basic knowledge of the simplest coding languages can help you to spot scam artists and save yourself a lot of money. If you think you can find the time, we highly recommend looking at one of these services:
#1: Code Academy
#2: Code School
Code School isn’t completely free – you have to pay for more advanced courses. However, if you’re just looking to get the basics, you shouldn’t have to pay for anything. Code School works on a “path” format to help you decide which string of courses will best help you based on your personal needs. Each step provides you with a themed video to watch, followed by online assignment that make you alter a string of code in a certain way before you can move forward. Like in Code Academy, you earn points for doing it right. Each “course” also provides you with a list of prerequisite knowledge you’ll need to be successful.
#3: Code Avengers
“Typical developer certification is expensive, out of touch, and out of reach. You can participate in the School of Webcraft for free.”
The School of Webcraft is backed by Mozilla, creators of the Firefox browser, and is another program dedicated to making coding knowledge accessible to all. You can jump into quick challenges or browse full (and fully free) courses which are created by web developers – and more are being created all the time. They include a full range of course for all skill levels, including those who have zero coding experience.
This is just a sampling of the options available. There are actually a lot of websites dedicated to helping people learn how to code for free, as well as a lot of free local community resources. You have the ability to learn how to code – all you need is the motivation!