One of the challenges that come with being a freelance web design or developer is trying to keep up with all the latest design trends, technology, news and everything else thrown in between.
When I’m not focused on client design and development projects, I like to spend my time learning new things.
In fact, I love learning and expanding my knowledge as a designer and front-end developer, and, of course, putting what I’ve learned into practice.
I think it really helps, and the learning process should never stop either.
To assist me in my web design learning journey, the way I love to learn is by reading books and watching tutorial videos. Talking of books, I have quite a few of them too.
I also like to enroll myself in a few online courses now and again, and, of course, follow some of my favorite web design and development websites for reliable information.
Talking of which, here are some that you might want to check out yourself if you're a web designer or developer.
Most, if not all of the websites listed below are packed with sound knowledge, advice, tips, tricks, free tutorials, a ton of free resources, and generally good information.
So, are you ready to begin expanding your knowledge as a budding web designer and developer too?
Let’s get to it.
1. W3 Schools
W3 Schools is one of my favorite sites to visit if I ever need clarification on any HTML and CSS implementation that I'm working with. I've learned plenty of new tricks from visiting this site over the years.
I am sure you've heard of GitHub, it's extremely popular.
GitHub is a community-driven development platform where you can learn new techniques from over 23 million developers, as well as share your own knowledge and resource.
GitHub is not only a great place to find and host code for your website or application dev projects, but it’s also a place where you can work with others, or help others, including teams, on all kinds of web projects, from software development to apps and websites.
Click here to visit GitHub and signup for free.
3. Stack Overflow
Stack Overflow is another very popular community-driven development platform.
Over 50 million devs use Stack Overflow, it really is the ultimate ‘go-to’ place online for any budding developer looking to learn new coding tricks, expand their knowledge and even share their wisdom too.
There is a dedicated Q&A area with over 16 million answers to your coding related questions. You can also use the platform to find the right developer job posting to launch your web development career.
SitePoint started way back in 2009 and is one of the largest community-driven development hubs on the web.
So, now we get to another one of my personal favorite resource sites, CSS-Tricks.com
CSS and Sass are my all-time favorite web development languages to work with, along with HTML markup, of course.
If you didn't already know, CSS is what makes pages on the web look beautiful. If you're just getting to grips with HTML and CSS, I highly recommend that you dive in as deep as you possibly can, and CSS-Tricks can help you do just that, whilst exploring many new tips, tricks, tactics, and methods.
6. Web Design News
Web developers, as well as designers, should always stay up to date with all the latest news, events, trends, etc. One of the best ways in which to do all those things is to visit Web Designer News. Bookmark it even.
7. UX Movement
Any website design, layout style is useless if ‘user experience’ is not incorporated into the process, regardless whether it’s good design or bad.
UX Movement is a blog that focuses on user experience in web design. You should most certainly follow it if you want to stay up to date with the latest and best UX code of practice in web design, as well as news, tips, and ideas.
8. Web Design Depot
Web Design Depot has a community of more than 1 million and is a great place to find all the latest design information, news, trends, as well as access to free productivity tools, freebies, deals, and more.
9. A List Apart
This resource site is one of the oldest and most reliable on the web. For all the latest news on web design best practices and current standards, you should read and bookmark A List Apart.
10. Code Project
Code Project is another developer community-driven website with over 13 million members.
The website is primarily aimed at programmers, so you can use the site to find relevant articles, post questions, find answers to already questions posted by community members, participate in discussions and pretty much anything to do with writing website code.
CodePen.io is another one of my favorite websites and one that I highly recommended for front-end developers of all levels. Whether you're just starting out or you're a well-experienced developer.
This is a social development platform where you can write your code in the browser and see the results of your builds. You can save, share, and grow your own community of followers, post questions, answer questions, and generally a powerful platform for showcasing your developer skills, experience, and profile.
DZone has a community of over a million developers. The website specializes in providing sound advice, news, tips on all aspects of web development from big data, cloud, integration, performance and more.
13. WordPress Codex
Finally, if you’re a WordPress junkie, like me, you can’t forget about WordPress Codex for literally all the top resources, latest information, documentation, tutorials, developer news, APIs and more.
It's a wrap!
So there you have it, 13 awesome websites that can provide you with a wealth of information, resources, valuable tools, tips, strategies, tutorials, ideas and more for your web development journey. What makes most of these sites even more awesome is that they're community-driven, so plenty of engagement and interaction for you. You're not alone!
Best of luck and enjoy!