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General Discussion

Wesley Ramsey
Wesley Ramsey
Courses Plus Student 178 Points

What platform is best for building websites? I am new to coding and am learning HTML and CSS

It seems workspaces is more for learning purposes within Teamtreehouse, what is another platform for writing code that will generate good looking websites? Wordpress? Or can workspaces be used to build complete websites?

Thank you

5 Answers

Samuel Glister
Samuel Glister
12,471 Points

Hi there!

This is totally down to your own preference and down to your OS.

There are many popular text editors out there for writing code including Sublime Text, Vim, Brackets and Atom. The best way to decide what is best for you as a beginner is to start with one and see how you get on with it. My personal favourite is Atom for its features and ease of use.

If you need any more advise just ask! ?

Edit: if you are starting to develop with Wordpress you will need to make sure you have MAMP / XAMPP installed with Mysql for local development and database management. Developing a Wordpress site I would always recommend using a starter theme like foundationpress for an efficient work flow.

Roberto Tsvetanov
Roberto Tsvetanov
846 Points

Hey, with wordpress you can install themes and edit them ( edit only if you know php, cuz wordpress is php based). You can make web applications with almost all languages and frameworks. You probably have to learn Javascript as well if you want to make a good website. So u better continue with HTML and CSS. If you want to make CMS like Wordpress you maybe want to check PhPFusion, Joomla and etc.

Austin Whipple
Austin Whipple
29,725 Points

Hi Wesley,

You have all kinds of options to start building a site! As for tools, Brackets and Sublime Text 3 are excellent text editors. If you're going with a full from-scratch approach, you'll need to purchase server hosting for the files you create if you'd like them to be visible to the public. If you're just practicing, you can build them on your own computer and view them there as well (sometimes need the help of other applications if you're building more application-based sites).

Anyway, to get started, I highly recommend practicing with with the Treehouse Workspaces or something like CodePen. Most courses on Treehouse relevant to what you'd like to do will also talk about how to host those sites. For instance, if you're interested in building WordPress sites, the Learn WordPress and WordPress Development tracks are very helpful.

Hi, I am working through the HTML and CSS exercise and I want to try to build my own website as practice. It is good to start out with Treehouse workspace here? Is Visual Studio Code good and which is better VSC or Atom?

Ryan Maneo
Ryan Maneo
4,342 Points

http://atom.io is my code editor of choice for web development. Its fast, secure, and has loads of configurable options :)

What do you mean secure? How is it more secure than Sublime ? Where do you see potential security hole in a text editor?

My favorite is Sublime Text along with all of it's amazing plugins :smiley: