If you asked me about CSS a few months ago I would probably have run for the hills.
I had no idea even that CSS stood for Cascading Style Sheets, let alone what you would actually do with them.
But I was intrigued enough to try to find out how using CSS could benefit me as a blogger.
I set about finding a free CSS tutorial that could help me understand the basics.
Searching on Google gave me a variety of sites to look at that would potentially be CSS for beginners.
CSS Tutorials And Where To Find Them
Of all the sites I looked at, Codecademy was the one I chose to find CSS examples that I could work with.
The site is free to join and not only has tutorials that you could class as CSS for beginners but it also covers:
- Web fundamentals
Initially there are a set of interactive courses you can do which are grouped together for each topic to help you master it.
After that, there are many other courses, not only CSS tutorials but covering everything else listed above.
Here’s a screenshot of one CSS tutorial I took and it really did feel like a CSS for beginners course.
Every step of the way you are coding in real time and you can see the red box I’ve coded on the right.
If your code syntax is wrong when you submit the code, a handy box appears to point you in the right direction.
Now I know learning CSS will not appeal to everyone but it’s a great way to make little tweaks to your blog.
Don’t like the background colour of a widget, then change it with CSS.
How about a border around something? Again all you need to do is use CSS.
I’ve already done this very thing with two of the widgets on my blog just from completing the CSS tutorials on Codecademy.
More CSS Tutorials On The Web
W3Schools is another free option to learn CSS for beginners.
They have extensive CSS examples and CSS tutorials but for me they aren’t as easy to follow as Codecademy.
The quizzes are just multiple choice questions rather than you actually trying out code.
There are lots of options to try coding yourself, although there isn’t any instruction given if you get things wrong.
Code School looks to have a very similar style of learning as Codecademy but with the added support of videos.
The tutorials are well set out and give you pointers if you haven’t quite understood.
If you want to get access to all the training, there’s a $25 per month fee to enroll.
An alternative to Code School is Treehouse.
You learn with video tutorials, practice what you’ve learnt and earn badges to detail your progress.
There are a few free introductory courses you can take to see what you think.
After that, there is a minimum monthly fee of $25.
If you want more than just coding tutorials then Lynda is what you need!
There’s all sorts of online training courses available, including CSS tutorials.
There’s a 7 day free trial and then a basic membership costs $25 per month.
You can even access tutorials on the go via their mobile site or the iPhone app.
Over To You
As I mentioned above, I know learning CSS isn’t for everyone but it’s useful to know the basics so you can tweak things here and there.
Is learning CSS your thing or would you prefer to outsource that side of things? Have you ever tried any CSS for beginners courses?
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P.S. I’m still on holiday so I’ll catch up with everyone soon .