Gnomie Ryan Peden writes:

Hello Chris,

I am 14 years old and I have just started learning how to make Web sites. Over the past couple of months I have made a few mistakes and also learned a few things that I’d like to pass on. Here are five tips (in no special order) for learning how to make your own Web sites.

  • Use the “View Source” feature of most Web browsers. On Firefox, you simply right click on any part of the screen and select “View Source.” This will display the HTML coding used to create the specific Web page or selection.
  • Watch tutorials. I have learned so much just by taking some time to watch video tutorials online. These are very helpful and it often enables you to download the files used so that you can try what you are learning for yourself.
  • Don’t begin trying to hand-code in a text-editor such as Notepad or PSPad right away. Acquire a program like Dreamweaver and use the design mode or use some templates for a while. Peek at the coding every couple of minutes and see what is actually happening.
  • Take a Web design class. If your school offers a Web design class, I highly recommend that you take it. It is a great way to learn the “textbook” way of coding and you’ll have an instructor there guiding you through the entire process. If your school has a class but you don’t have room in your schedule, go in when the instructor is free and pick their brain. Even though they are not your teacher, they will probably be more than happy to help you… so ask questions!
  • Read. Go to your local library or bookstore and see if they have any books on coding. If not, look online. Such books give you a very in-depth view of how coding really works. And if you don’t like to read, then programming isn’t for you!

Love your videos, Chris… Keep up the good work!