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Scott Raymond
Scott Raymond
6,542 Points

So how can I practice outside of the Treehouse Workspaces?

So, dumb question but I am a novice. Going through Front End Development track and want to practice building simple sites on my own. I don't like that everything is in the Treehouse Workspaces. How do I just practice this on my own? What do I need? I unfortunately have a Dell and no Mac options for quite a while. But where can I type some of this HTML and CSS stuff and make some simple sites for my own to practice?

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Erik McClintock
Erik McClintock
45,783 Points


One of the great things about HTML and CSS is that all you need to write it is a simple text editor! For example, the program that comes with Windows machines (Notepad) works just fine! That said, Notepad isn't the prettiest program around, nor the most helpful. If you search online for "free text editors for web developers", you'll come across a whole deluge of options.

Here is a list of 18 different text editors to choose from. I personally use and recommend Sublime Text, but the only real requirement for any of them is that you try it out and enjoy using it!

Happy coding!


Christopher Burgdorff
Christopher Burgdorff
9,695 Points

Definitely check out http://codepen.io . Type html, css, and javascript, and see the results in real time.

Or get a text editor like Erik said (I'd recommend notepad++, it's free) and you can save your websites and stylesheets on your computer and open them in any browser.

You can also get a domain name and hosting for pretty cheap (I've seen some for like 5-6 dollars for month) if you actually want to see your stuff "live" on the web.