Tips On Using W3Schools’ Web Development Tutorials

I’ve written before about one of my favorite sites on the web for quickly learning web development skills: W3Schools. All of the tutorials housed at the site are free, and they’re designed to equip you with useful skills very quickly, so that you don’t have to become a complete expert on, say, CSS (cascading style sheets) in order to start getting impressive results with it. The site has added quite a lot of good tutorials and is worth a visit even if you’ve been there before.

Here are some tips on how to get good results out of W3Schools.

Try Hands-On Examples. Recently, an old friend contacted me about wanting to change styles and layouts on his web site, but he didn’t know exactly how to go about it. I directed him to W3Schools’ CSS tutorial, found here. It lets you build your own CSS examples and publish them to see how your results will look. For example, here is an example of script for changing background colors, where you can enter your own variations. This allowed my friend to get what he wanted done without learning everything about CSS. W3Schools has hands-on tutorials like this for AJAX, PHP, JavaScript, and much more.

Look For Cutting-Edge Tutorials. The tutorials at W3Schools get regularly updated, and you can even find tutorials on development tools that are working revisions of existing standards, such as this one on HTML 5. You can also validate any pages where you may feel you don’t grasp all of the underlying tools you’re using, as seen here. The examples at the site also get updates. You can find many good AJAX examples here.

Use the Reference Guides. W3Schools provides a lot more than just tutorials. You can find full reference guides to W3C standards such as HTML, XML and more. For example, even if you’re an HTML whiz, you may still appreciate this quick reference.  Or, take a look at this reference to PHP Array Functions.

W3Schools has thousands of tutorials, so it’s worth spending some time digging into many of them. I’ve used the site many times to quickly pick up a new skill or solve a problem on a site.