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Ravi Kaul
Ravi Kaul
1,372 Points

Just saying hello

Hi all just saying hi to the forum here. I've been doing freelance webdesign for about 5 years as well as having a 9 to 5 day job and I really want to push with my webdesign now. My goal is to either find a full time position as a webdesigner / webdeveloper or start my own business by the end of the year.

I bookmarked Treehouse so long ago I can't even remember but I've decided to take the plunge and sharpen my skills as well as learn new ones. Currently I'm not really sure which path I want to take - Wordpress, PHP or update my HTML / CSS skills. I've dabbled in them all but I'd say I'm a 'jack of all traders master of none type person'. So I think I might start from the beginning and see how I go.

I'd like to hear from you guys. How did the courses go? Have you been able to find work after completing the courses here? And what if you're not sure about your exact route?

Thanks all, glad to be here!

2 Answers

Hi Ravi,

I would definitely start with HTML/CSS no matter what and then go with whatever the best path is for you after that. Ruby is gaining in popularity, but there are definitely still jobs for PHP/Wordpress developers. I see them all the time on Monster.com.

I love the courses here, and I think they've only gotten better over time. I have yet to find a job just yet, but that is due to me being focused on developing my portfolio and not applying for positions just yet. Personally, I mix the courses here up with courses from CodeAcademy and it's worked out really well. There is also the Odin project that you can check out while doing the courses on here.

Welcome to the forums, and good luck in future endeavors!

Ricky Catron
Ricky Catron
13,023 Points

Excellent advice! Ravi if you wish to work with PHP I would also suggest Laravel. Having a Framework really takes the time out of development and since you already have 5 years of experience you won't be losing any of the understanding which comes with jumping into a framework.

To add to what Marcus said you might also watch to check out freecodecamp. They have a strong JavaScript focus, a great community, and an excellent project driven curriculum which is a huge part of building your portfolio. Mixing these with Treehouses tutorials and you have yourself a extensive amount of great resources.

Goodluck! --Ricky

Oh cool, I've never heard of freecodecamp! Awesome! Thanks, Ricky.

Ricky Catron
Ricky Catron
13,023 Points

I hadn't for a long time either but someone brought it up on reddit as an alternative to the odin project so I checked it out. It looks great so far.

Ravi Kaul
Ravi Kaul
1,372 Points

Hi Guys thanks for your input. I'm going to go through the entire HTML / CSS track then probably go on to PHP and Wordpress. I've never heard of FreeCodeCamp or Odin or CodeAcademy but definitely going to look at them and see how much I can fit in. Thanks alot!