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The Best Online Web Development Courses for Beginners

Owen Poindexter

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You’re ready to join in on the coding craze, but where to begin? There are many excellent free web development courses out there. Below you’ll find the best of them. The great part about having so many resources is that you can try out several to see which one best fits your learning style. This is important, because you’ll need to stay motivated, and the best way to do that is to choose a course that keeps you productive and having fun. Happy coding!  

Here are the best free online web development courses:


Many developer careers have started with Codecademy--we know because many people have gone on to Hack Reactor after working through the Codecademy JavaScript track. Their interface is easy to work with, and you’ll be coding right away. Like many of the best courses, the codecademy ethos is to have you learn by doing. This introduces key concepts while demystifying coding. Codecademy offers a wide range of beginner web development courses, so pick something that looks exciting to you and get coding.

Khan Academy

What started as one man tutoring his cousin in math over the internet has grown into a global phenomenon offering free courses in practically every academic subject out there. The Khan Academy courses on coding are some of their most popular, particularly their Hour of Code. Come for the coding education, stay to brush up on your world history.

Mozilla Developer Network

The good folks at Mozilla, the company behind the Firefox browser, put together this intro to coding, which provides a thorough and interactive exploration of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. This sequence leads you up to the point of creating interactive websites with customized structure and styling.


This is another great resource for beginner coders. While they don’t offer the full palette of languages that codecademy and other sites do, there is more than enough to keep you occupied for a long time. FreeCodeCamp is community focused, and, once you reach a certain level of mastery, you’ll be able to use their platform to contribute code to non-profits.


Treehouse offers a wide range of coding courses in a user-friendly format. You’ll be able to drill down on the specifics of languages and frameworks. One thing to be aware of: when you sign up for Treehouse, you’ll want to make sure you have time to power through some of their lessons over the next seven days: your first week on Treehouse is free, but after that they charge for some of their content. Take advantage of that first week to learn if their style is right for you.


A series of fun challenges in a variety of languages, which increase in difficulty as you progress. Not for true beginners, but a great site for testing your skills once you’ve gotten your feet wet. This helps you expand your coding repertoire outside your comfort zone.

MIT Open Courses

Click the link above for an impressive list of computer science and electrical engineering courses from one of the most reputable tech-focused universities in the world. For motivated learners who want to gain an understanding of programming fundamentals, there are few better resources. This isn’t the best option for people who are anxious to start writing code, but it makes an excellent complement to the above courses or a standalone education for those interested primarily in computer science fundamentals.

What’s the missing ingredient in all of these? You. There is tremendous knowledge out there, but it’s not going to wander into your brain on its own. Your motivation is what will allow you to take advantage of these courses, and, if you decide to take the next step, courses like ours.

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