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Sullivan Taylor Begbie4,219 Points
Give me a little more confidence for my end-game goal here. (Front-End Hopeful)
Friend of mine is a successful photographer and built her photography website with a customizable word-press and a small bit of advice from a photography blog. The site itself looks incredible to my (still) inexperienced eyes. And hearing that she built, and manages, her site with zero coding knowledge left me a little intimidated with my minimal HTML/CSS experience.
Are the skills I learn here going to indefinitely supersede what a lot of these programs can do? I've only scratched the surface right?
As I'm sure I'm not alone on this: I want a job coding and creating. I've read blogs and searched for advice to accomplish this goal. What should my realistic expectations be with Treehouse being my only education on computer sciences?
(I apologize if this sounded bleak! I am so in-love with Treehouse and coding in general. I really feel like I've found my niche and I guess I am just nervous about not succeeding in a timely manner.)
Tricia Martin19,604 Points
I would definitely work through the Front-End Web Development track and the Web Designer track, and practice practice practice on your own. Just start building websites for anything. Have a cat? Make a website about your cat. Favorite band? Make a fansite. You don't ever have to actually publish them onto the Internet, but just keep building them for practice. I've made a couple websites for clients, but I also decided I wanted to go back to school to get a deeper understanding and hopefully get a job after I graduate.
Aaron Kaye10,948 Points
You would be surprised at how much trouble people even have with sites like wordpress. I was trying to help someone today that had a formatting issue and the easiest way to fix it was to go to the code editor (as opposed to the visual) and just manually enter in the HTML code.
I started learning to code for a few reasons, and one of them was the frustration with Wordpress. If you have a theme that looks 100% what you like, it is awesome, but most of the time you want to change something. It is horrible! Plus with every added plugin it was slower and slower. There is a lot of people that all they need is wordpress site, but for now Web Programming is still a better career choice than most jobs. Or so I keep telling myself :-)