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Web design

I am doing the "how to design a website " course at the minute and I wanted to build a mock website as I went along, but where do you write the code. When I search for web design software I get sites that do the job for you, which also is the second part of my question, is learning to code being phased out with all the software that does it automatically, what are the benefits of knowing the code ? thanks

2 Answers

Kevin Korte
Kevin Korte
28,148 Points

Hi Simon,

There are a lot of options for different places to write code, but to keep it simple, I'll suggest doing one of two. You can either start a new Workspaces here on your treehouse account, which will allow you to write and preview code in your browser, or download a copy of Sublime Text which is a nice software program that you write code in, and you can open the HTML file right in your browser and preview the code. I personally use Sublime Text a lot, on a lot of different project. It is "free" to try-out, but there is no time limit when the free part expires. So you can download it, try it out for as long as you need to, and eventually buy a license to support it's development if you like it.

As far as learning to code being phased out. The answer is no and it'll never happen. Websites that are GUI builders are popular, but are limited. Does every client need a custom website, no? For some people, the prebuilt sites are all they need. Even those sites are not built equally. But for a large majority of the sites, the functionality, features, and UX is so unique to the site, that it can't be replicated by computers. Web designer and developers careers and salaries are only going to continue to grow strongly in the future, I believe.

Thanks Kevin, I have been using workspaces but I wanted something I could build on so I'll try sublime text.

Caleb Kleveter
Caleb Kleveter
Treehouse Moderator 37,862 Points

Great answer Kevin. I'm including a list of different text editors and IDE's (integrated development environment) you can use, some do cost though.

Thanks, I have just downloaded sublime text 3 but to a beginner even just us using that is complicated. Just watching some tutorials and there is alot to read on it.