Your Thoughts on W3schools

Your Thoughts on W3schools

Hey everyone. What do you think of w3schools? I’m taking their tutorials and I’m on CSS after finishing HTML. The good thing is they have examples for EVERYTHING. The bad thing is, it’s not that deep. I feel like there’s still a lot I need to learn from HTML. I am switching websites once I finish JS to learn PHP since their PHP is 5 not 7. What is a good replacement website that has deep information but doesn’t confuse you or compromise on the exercises?

I usually just use W3Schools as a quick reference. They do have some comprehensive stuff but it is not enough but hey, I use it as additional resource besides MDN and more resources means more examples and stuff that can help you understand a concept even further (of course, this depends on the quality of your resource).

About additional websites, I just mentioned MDN. I know you’re not asking for this but you can also look up on MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) about that topic (esp. for beginners). Examples of such are edX, Coursera, and SkillShare.

There’s also a bunch of programming notes on a bunch of programming languages on this site (including on JavaScript and PHP) in case you want an offline resource sort of thing.

If you still finding other resources, you can check out my resource list I’ve compiled (TRULY I am shameless plugging now, I know :wink:).

This reply actually took longer than I expected so I’ll stop typing words now.

Good luck and happy coding! :coffee:
Sincerely, fellow newb
(P.S. of course I forgot, you can check out fCC’s guide and DevDocs; I very much recommend both of these as well)


That is a ton of info right there. Good thing you stopped typing (jk :joy: :joy:). I’ll be sure to check them all out. Thank you so much!

Thank you so much for this info, Foo_Dog!

I love w3schools! I’ve been paid to basically copy and paste code from w3schools (with some modification) A LOT for work and it works fine :100: You just have to know how to modify the code.

Other resources I’ve used are:

@Foo_Dog mentioned some good stuff as well :heart: :slight_smile:

W3schools is awesome. Very good online tutorial for beginners. Free, and with lots of examples. The only negative is that there are no projects and it is not too deep.

Well 1 year sure has passed and my opinions are completely different. Their curriculum is quite deep for the beginner that I was back then. Only thing is that their site is often accused of being outdated. Now my go-to reference for front end stuff is MDN. I don’t recommend starting with W3Schools and I also don’t recommend taking HTML/CSS/JS lessons seriously because 1) You’ll never remember what you don’t use daily 2) Thank God for Google 3) Most of front end is just concepts and there are tons of articles just waiting to be read 4) There are many frameworks and libraries that make front end development a breeze so some of the most obscure things you may never use.

You kind of take what you need and get going.

Yeah, it’s quite deep for beginners only. I completely agree with you that MDN is a must for a web developer. It’s sort of a Web Development Bible :slight_smile: Nevertheless, MDN can be difficult for beginners because there is too much information for newbies. So, w3schools can be a good starting point. Also, learning theory not building projects is not a good idea. Only building projects a person can really learn the concept.

You need to be able to read in order to make it in any kind of software development to be honest. It’s unavoidable. With that being said, yes W3Schools can be a good starting point for reading docs for beginners. You’ll wanna graduate onto MDN, caniuse, Smashing Magazine, CSS Tricks, etc eventually.