Website Builders give so many people the illusion that building beautfil websites is easy and anyone can do it.

Many of those who use these cookie-cutter and/or drag-and-drop methods, however, realize how disjointed and non-creative their sites look once they’re done.

If web design was as easy as painting by the numbers, then there wouldn’t be individuals who are able to build a livlihood and/or a company around it.

Don’t let hosting companies, that are simply trying to get your money, fool you into believing that you don’t need to know the basics of web design and development to build an appealing and fluid website.

That’s where W3Schools can help you, and they’ll do it for FREE.

According to their site:

“At you will learn how to make a website. We offer free tutorials in all web development technologies.”

You can learn the following web languages and services at w3schools:

  • HTML: including HTML5, CSS, CSS3 and TCP/IP
  • Browser Scripting: including JavaScript, HTML DOM, DHTML, VBScript, AJAX, jQuery and JSON
  • XML: including DTD, XML DOM, XSLT, XPath, XQuery, XLink, XPointer, Schema, XSL-FO and SVG
  • Server Scripting: including SQL, ASP, ADO, PHP, ASP.NET, Razor and .NET Mobile
  • Web Services: including WSDL, SOAP, RSS and RDF
  • Web Building: including Browsers, Certification, Hosting, W3C and Web Quality

If you want to assess where you are before you get started, w3schools offers free quizzes you can take:

  • HTML Quiz
  • XHTML Quiz
  • JavaScript Quiz
  • XML Quiz
  • SQL Quiz
  • ASP Quiz
  • PHP Quiz
  • jQuery Quiz

Even if you’re sure you don’t know much, take the quiz anyway, so you can take it again once you’ve completed a tutorial to see how much you’ve improved.

Being able to pass the quizzes may also put you in the position to get certified in a particular language. w3schools offers such certifications.

Although not free, w3schools offers certifications in:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • XML
  • ASP
  • PHP

You can study for these certifications on the w3schools website at no cost, at your own pace and from the comfort of your own surroundings.

But, wait! There’s more…

w3schools also offers several web references for:

  • HTML 4.01
  • HTML 5
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • SQL
  • CSS3 Browser Support
  • CSS 1, 2, 3
  • PHP
  • XSLT
  • XPath
  • XSL-FO
  • Color Picker
  • HTML Colors

These references are like online “cheat sheets” when you need that extra bit of help to remember that one thingy you always seem to forget.

At w3schools, you’ll also find code validators. Test your code to make sure it’s well-formed and error-free. You can validate:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • XML

Although hosting companies will charge you for using their website builders, you can use w3school’s resources and learn to create better-looking sites at no cost.

Free is always a great investment.

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