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Front End Web Development

Hey guys I'm new to Treehouse as of yesterday and am currently on the Web Development Track and loving it! I just had a very basic question in regards to the Track layout. My first course was "How to Make a Website." Was I wrong to start with this one? I followed along and completed it today, but the next course is showing CSS. Am I doing it backwards? Was CSS not already included in my previous course I just finished? I'm just trying to follow along and not get mixed up and am just wondering why "How to Make a Website" is first followed by different program languages. I guess in my mind (new guy) it would seem logical to learn the languages first, and then apply what you've learned into a website course. Thanks a lot guys!

4 Answers

Britton Zirkle
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Britton Zirkle
Courses Plus Student 15,005 Points

"How to Make a Website" gives an overview of the whole process at a high level. As you go into each subsequent course you will go into much greater detail in HTML and CSS. Your next two classes will focus on HTML forms and tables if you follow the Web Design Track. Otherwise, you could focus on the HTML courses and then move on to the CSS courses. My recommendation is to follow the Web Design Track as it will give you a comprehensive look at web design and the multiple facets that make up the complete process.

Perfect that's exactly what I was looking for! For the next CSS video should I be following along the same way as the previous one? As in coding along with the instructor? Thanks again for the quick response I'm going to sign up after my trial expires!

Britton Zirkle
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Britton Zirkle
Courses Plus Student 15,005 Points

Yes, you want to follow along with the instructor. I would recommend that you start with HTML or at least take HTML and CSS courses concurrently as CSS needs to be applied to HTML. If you are unfamiliar with HTML, you may have some challenges with understanding how the CSS affects the HTML. Good luck and Happy Coding!

I noticed in your previous comment that you were referring to the Web Design track. I am familiar with HTML and CSS so is it okay if I stay on this track and not do the Design one? I'm more interested in coding than Photoshop/Design work. I thought there would be a PHP course in the Development track but it must be somewhere else.

Britton Zirkle
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Britton Zirkle
Courses Plus Student 15,005 Points

Yes. Stay where you are at and finish that track. Design is not just about photoshop, although it is a component. PHP is not included in the how to make a website courses and you will need to take those classes separately.