Are you ready to learn one of the most marketable skills on the planet? Do you want to land a side project that pays more than your monthly salary? Are you sick of being dependent on expensive templates that aren’t QUITE right, or having to call your developer every single time you need to make even a tiny tweak? Then, my friend, it’s time for you to learn WordPress.
Don’t know the first thing about technology? Then this class is for you. HTML and CSS are the building blocks of the web. Learn how to structure, design and launch your own website in class. Don’t worry about getting stuck – We’re here to answer any questions you have along the way!You'll Learn:
- HTML & CSS
- FTP Setup
- Domain Purchasing
- Web Hosting
HTML, or HyperText Markup Language, is the main building block of the Web. It's the only thing you actually need to make a website and it's really easy to learn. It's not super pretty by itself, but it's what makes a site work.
CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, is used to format and design the look of a web site. There can be no CSS without HTML; HTML builds the foundation for everything, while CSS does the decorating.
About a week into the class I knew my career prospects were going to change for the better, and anyone who has dealt with unemployment knows that this kind of confidence boost is priceless. Not even a week had passed since finishing Skillcrush, and I actually had a job interview where, for the first time, I was able to confidently say “yes” when asked if I knew HTML. That interview led to the job I have today!
- Kimberly Foster
What You'll Learn In This Class:
Week 1: Get Acquainted With HTML
In your first week of class, we'll introduce you to the basics of the Web, starting with HTML. It may sound intimidating, but trust us - It's not as hard as it may sound! You don't need to know anything about the web beforehand. We'll teach you everything you need to get started and build something really neat.
Week 2: Style Things Up With CSS
By your second week, you'll already have enough knowledge of basic HTML that we'll get you styling and designing your page with CSS. You'll learn how to add different fonts and colors and how to format your site. Don't believe us? We've had hundreds of people just like you do it!
Week 3: Launch Your First Site
By your third week, you'll already be wrapping up your first website! Now that it's a beautiful, real-life thing, we'll show you how to actually get it up and running on the internet. Don't worry, we'll walk you through every step of the way.
Meet Your Mentors
Rachel brings over seven years of development experience to the Skillcrush team. She runs her own company that focuses on developing websites for local businesses and is an active member of the WordPress community. You can often find Rachel logging in from the airstream that she is renovating with her husband. Rachel loves to travel and get outdoors as much as possible!
Rebecca loves helping students apply their tech skills to create beautiful projects. Her background includes project management, venture capital investing, and web design services. She is based in Wyoming near Yellowstone National Park (bear spray is her best friend) and spends her free time pursuing anything that takes her outside including snowshoeing, skiing, hiking, or simply sitting outside with a cute German Shepherd.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What previous knowledge do I need to take this class?
None! As long as you’re pretty familiar with your computer and how to use it and are comfortable on the web, we’ll teach you the rest.
I’m looking to transition into a more technical role at work. Will this class help me?
Yes! HTML and CSS are the building blocks of the web and the foundation on which you can build your technical career.
There are many places to start in tech, but learning the fundamentals of the web and creating a website from scratch – both of which you’ll do in this class – will give you a wide variety of the most important tech skills. So, you’ll leave this class with a solid understanding with which you can continue your professional transition into tech.
I work full time. Can I fit this class into my busy schedule?
Absolutely! We recommend setting aside about an hour a day to engage with the class materials and your classmates and instructors, but you can shift this around depending on your weekly schedule.
Some of our students can’t devote an hour every day to the class but can study for longer periods of time over the weekend — This is totally fine too, and our material is always available for you when you need it.
What if I get behind in the class? Will the lessons still be available to me?
Yes, absolutely! You’ll continue to have access to the class well beyond the “official” class dates so you can catch up or review whenever and whatever you like.
What kind of computer or software do I need for this class?
Nothing fancy! You just need a computer with access to the web, of course. You should be able to stream YouTube or Vimeo videos and download / upload materials like photos and documents.
We recommend a Mac for the class and for your future career in tech as Macs tend to be the industry standard. But a Windows PC will work fine too.
You don’t need to have any special software before you start the class. We’ll introduce you to all the software or apps you need as you go through the class, and there are free versions or trials of all of them available for both Mac and Windows.
Do you provide any printable materials I can access?
Yes indeed! We have several very popular cheatsheets that we tell our students to print out and carry with them or tape up around the house. You’d be surprised how much you can actually learn by just looking at them for a few minutes a day!
How do I know if this class is for me?
This class is for you if:
- You want to get started in tech but don’t know how to begin.
- You are itching to code.
- You’ve dabbled in HTML and CSS but need to learn the fundamentals.
- You have been meaning to make your own website FOREVER.
- You like learning to be fun and collaborative.
This class is NOT for you if:
- You’ve already designed your own websites from scratch.
- You’re looking to learn advanced topics such as back-end programming.
- You want to make mobile apps.
- You think learning has to be serious.
- You don’t like fun or collaboration.
When does the class meet?
The class doesn’t meet at fixed times. All the lessons are online, and you have access to them 24/7 so you can study whenever is best for you.
Throughout the class, we send you an email every weekday morning to help keep you on track, and then you’re welcome to work on the lessons whenever it fits your schedule.
The only “scheduled” class events are the circle chat, live group office hours and master class. But these are all optional, and, if you can’t make the scheduled time, you can read a transcript of the circle chat, ask questions in the online student community or watch the recording of the master class later. So, there’s always a way to fit the class into your life!
How do office hours work?
We offer live office hours using Google+ Hangouts. Group office hours give us the chance to help as many students as possible. And we’ve found that, since students tend to have similar questions and challenges, you’ll learn a lot from hearing answers to other students’ questions too. That said, you’ll also have the chance to ask your own questions from the instructor and make sure you get the answers you need as well.
How does the online student community work?
We use Google Groups for our online student community. It’s completely free, and we’ll send you an invitation to a group before your class starts.
In your student community, you can meet your classmates, ask questions about the lessons, get feedback on your work, share tech resources and much more! Plus, it’s a great chance to get to know other people who are just as excited about tech as you are and to start networking and making great friends and career connections.
Is Skillcrush only for women? I’m a guy and want to learn.
We welcome men at Skillcrush as well and can’t wait for you to join us too! In fact, about 25% of our students are men. Skillcrush is a supportive community of folks from all kinds of backgrounds, professions, countries and yes… genders! :). So, please join us – and bring a friend!
What about a guarantee?
We’re sure you’ll love Skillcrush 101, but you have our 100% money-back guarantee for 30 days from the start of your class.
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