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Time allocation - HTML&CSS / PHP

I have been learning HTML&CSS for the past few months, here on treehouse. I made a few sites with Twitter bootstrap which I really liked using. I also created a few from scratch. I have the hang of it but I am no where near being a master of HTML&CSS.

My aim when joining treehouse was to be able to take the ideas I have and turn them into something real... even if it was only a MVP.

I am wondering what I should do next. Should I move onto Javascript&PHP or should I stick with HTML&CSS until I have a better understanding?

Will I learn more functional HTML&CSS when learning PHP? I should mention that I have tried PHP&RoR. I found PHP enjoyable and I seemed to get the hang of the basic stuff. RoR was a little more daunting and I did not take much away from it.

Basically, is it worth my time continuing with Frontend or should I start transitioning my learning to backend too?

Thanks in advance!

3 Answers

Cameron Cottle
Cameron Cottle
13,742 Points

I would definitely move onto PHP and Javascript if you feel comfortable. I would recommend that you reverse engineer a WordPress theme and get a feel for how Content Management Systems work with your current understanding of Website Design.

37,033 Points

I definitely encourage javascript for going further because it comes up everywhere even if you just stick with html. However, you sound like me with php. I really enjoy it and once I got to know it, when I'm set loose to just work on a project I'm in my happy place. So for you specifically I would recommend php because it sounds like it will be part of your happy place too.

ETA: BTW you have a lot more in CSS and HTML than I do and I'm stuck on some of the CSS because it just isn't clicking yet. I am pretty sure you know enough to learn php.

Thanks a lot guys. I sat down and re-wrote my goals and it became clear what I wanted to focus my time and energy on.

At this point I will complete the Become a Web Designer because I am more than halfway through & it includes Javascript. Then I will move onto PHP.

Thank again!