Web Development Roadmap in 2021

  • You can make a six-figure salary.
  • You can make websites for your business or friends
  • You can own your agency of web development

 

The above points are a few benefits worth your time to learn web development in 2021. So the answer to your daunting question if learning web development in 2021 is a  good career choice is a big YES!

Web development has come to stay and is going nowhere. In fact day in day out, it feels as if web development came yesterday because the reality is, it has come to stay. Web development is undoubted, the biggest branch of computer science with a huge ecosystem. But the question is, how does one get started? Does it require a strong Mathematics background? NO! Does it require a huge sum of money? NO! Is it meant for some category of people? NO! So what is required of one to become a web developer? I  know you might have heard of many misconceptions about the requirements to be a web developer but the truth is none of the above questions holds true. It only requires you to have a personal computer and be committed to learning. Everything else needed to learn web development is free on the internet and I will walk you through how to get them online in the subsequent sections.

The three core skills needed to become a web developer in 2021 are HTML, CSS, and Javascript. These are not the only skills needed but they are what you need to know in order to land your first web developer job or put a website together. First, start with learning the fundamentals of HTML. You can spend at least 4 weeks learning this. HTML is basically the layout of every website out there. So you now understand why you can’t be a web developer without this skill? After knowing the basics of HTML, move to more advanced features of HTML like semantic HTML and get your hands dirty there too. Mind you, the secret to becoming a good web developer is practice. Don’t just watch videos or read blog posts but try to implement what you have read or watched by jumping into your code editor and type the code line by line. This is what I mean by get your hands dirty. After you are comfortable putting up a layout of a website in HTML, it is time to jump into CSS. CSS is what you need to style your sites. All the beautiful sites out there you have probably seen is achieved by CSS. You can learn HTML and CSS for free at http://freecodecamp.org 

CSS they say is easy to start but difficult to master. This is not to discourage you but to tell you that even the pros sometimes hustle with CSS so spend a fair amount of time learning CSS. Don’t be in a hurry to finish. Remember in programming slow is fast. The aim is to understand the concept so I can’t actually give you a time frame to spend on CSS because everyone learns at a different speed. After a fair amount of time learning CSS, jump into Javascript. Take Javascript as the soul of a website. Javascript is what makes your website dynamic. It is what makes your websites respond to your interactions on the web page. You can’t be wrong spending ample time learning Javascript because the possibilities with Javascript on your plate as a web developer is endless. You can also learn Javascript at https://freecodecamp.org or https://www.youtube.com/user/programmingwithmosh. By the way, I’m not affiliated with the links I share. These are just the trusted sources I know can help you learn by practice

After learning these three skills, it’s time to put them together and build projects. You could get inspirations and designs from https://pintrest.com. Building projects help you sharpen your skills and also makes you stand out in front of employers. You can also join web development communities on Twitter and discuss your progress with other people in the community. Twitter is a nice place to be if you want people to share your progress with and they are ever ready to support you. Do follow @teamalfy and @TuanekaLtd on Twitter for similar posts like this. And don’t also forget to follow me on Twitter @Realumarzak.

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