Why you should focus on learning HTML and CSS

September 14, 2020
Lindsey Gemmill

You’ve probably noticed we have a course called “HTML/CSS Ramp-Up” and are wondering if this is the right place for you to start on your journey to learning how to build websites. You could be looking to do front-end development, you could be looking to do site-building in Drupal or Acquia’s Site Factory, or you could still be wayfinding and trying to figure out if front-end or back-end is the right path for you. No matter the case, the HTML/CSS ramp-up course Debug Academy has put together will give you an introduction to the essential components of every website.

What exactly are HTML and CSS?

HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. It is a programming language that defines the organization of a website and utilizes tags to structure elements displayed on a page. HTML is most commonly used with other languages, and CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, is the primary complimentary language used to build websites. Developers and site-builders utilize CSS to affect the visual appearance of the elements on a website. This includes things like color, font, size of items, and more.

The Foundation of the Web

At a bare minimum learning HTML and CSS sets you up for success, no matter what path you take, to build a better web. Understanding the basics of every website not only makes it possible to start building pages, it gives you a building block to continue learning other development languages that solve more complex development problems. 

It is commonly said that the best part about learning HTML and CSS is that they are relatively easy to learn, even with no prior knowledge about how websites work. This means you can find yourself building pieces of websites after just a few sessions. HTML and CSS learners don’t need to intake an overwhelming amount of jargon all at once. It’s best to approach it piece by piece, setting aside a few hours here and there to ease yourself into the flow of things. Learning a little bit at a time, instead of an entire language all at once, really allows you to understand each piece of what you’re doing and the impact it has on the rest of your work.

That’s why we designed our HTML/CSS Ramp Up course to leverage this methodology. Practice a lot, and not too much at once! In each of our sessions, you’ll begin understanding the way websites are structured, organized, and defined, as well as how to make things position on a page in a specific manner.

Who Should Take The Course?

To make sure that we are able to provide the best experience to each of our students, Debug Academy’s HTML/CSS Ramp Up course is designed for individuals matching at least one of the following criteria.

If you are:

  • A person with little to no experience with website development,
  • a person seeking more knowledge about website development to explore interest level and career direction,
  • a person looking for base-knowledge prior to taking the Debug Academy 3-month course, or
  • a person looking to do more with Acquia Site Factory,

you have come to the right place to learn. We will explore a variety of HTML and CSS topics, such as HTML 5, semantic and accessible markup, HTML specific attributes, CSS3 and it’s selectors, flexbox designing for all device breakpoints, and how to use your browser inspector. 

Our certified teachers are also working on real-world projects every day, to make sure the knowledge base we have continues to be current and up to speed with modern-day best practices for the web.

Debug Academy Course Structure

Prior to 2020, Debug Academy offered in-person and online attendance options for all classes. Our live, accessible class structure allowed us to transition smoothly to a fully-virtual experience. We prefer to offer live classes, rather than pre-recorded lectures, to promote engagement between students and instructors. Most of our classes are capped to ensure we can give that individualized experience to every student.

Taking a Debug Academy course is just the beginning of your new career path.

If you, or someone you know, are looking to get their bearings on the web, starting with HTML and CSS is definitely the way to go. Our next class runs from September 15th to September 24th on Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting at 7:00pm EST. If you’re convinced that HTML and CSS is right for you, which we hope you are by now 😉, then enroll today at https://debugacademy.com/semester/html-css-ramp/tue-2020-09-15.

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