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Have You Tried Treehouse?

Updated on July 28, 2014
Treehouse offers a variety of easy-to-follow web design classes you can take at your own pace
Treehouse offers a variety of easy-to-follow web design classes you can take at your own pace

Quick and Painless Web Design Classes

Anyone who uses the internet knows that a website speaks volumes about the person or business or organization it represents. You don't have to be an online guru to know that unattractive colors, overwhelming clutter, and outdated elements are cyber turn-offs.

And if you don't have a website? Well, you'll have a tough time getting noticed or taken seriously.

So learning how to create an attractive website is a profitable endeavor. You can make your own and save hundreds or even thousands while having control over how it works. You can also offer your services to others as a business, which fits together nicely with freelance writing and blogging.

These days, there are a million ways to learn code. But it's not so easy to find a quality program that will teach you all you need to know, in a way you can understand, that will fit both your budget and your schedule. Treehouse is a program that offers all of these benefits.

What About You?

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How I Found Treehouse

I wanted to learn how to create a website from scratch, but didn't really want to take a class at the local community college or spend a ridiculous amount of cash on an online course.

Recently, I thought I would try to learn CSS and HTML5 on my own without a set program or class. This isn't the greatest idea because every time I decide I'm going to teach myself something it ends up tossed aside and forgotten. I got through about five lessons of Rosetta Stone Spanish lessons before I lost all motivation and ended up giving it away.

So in my research, I found a program called Treehouse.

Learn how to create iOS and Android apps on Treehouse
Learn how to create iOS and Android apps on Treehouse | Source

What Is Treehouse and How Does It Work?

Treehouse a subscription-based set of courses where you pay $25 each month (after a free trial period) and take the classes at your own pace. I find I'm more motivated because they measure your progress: you earn badges and can see how far you've come as they fill in little bars each time you finish a segment.

It feels like someone is keeping tabs on your progress, even though they're not really paying attention. Whatever works, right?

Each segment is made up of short videos, making it easy to plan and devote a short amount of time to learning. This is convenient for moms and others who can't get an uninterrupted hour on the computer. And you can watch videos over and over, which is a bonus when you've zoned out or missed something during one of the lessons.

After each video, you either go on to the next video or take a quiz. Sometimes the quizzes are multiple choice, other times you have to fill in the code you just learned. I take notes to help me in case I forget, or I'll open up another tab in my browser to watch the video again until I get the answer if I'm stuck.

You accumulate points as you progress through classes and quizzes. They just started a page called Leaderboards so you can see how you measure up to others in the class. You can also see who is in the top ten in points for the week, month, or all time.

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What Else Can You Learn on Treehouse?

CSS and HTML aren't the only classes available on Treehouse. You can also learn programming languages, like JavaScript and Ruby. You can learn how to create apps for iOS (Apple products) and Android. If you want to learn more about how to create a website on WordPress, there's a course (or track, as they call them on Treehouse) for learning everything from the basics to how to customize your own plugins.

And if you'd like to do any of this for a living, they even have a track to teach you how to start your own business. This includes lessons on what to charge, how to market your service, and legal issues.

What If You Don't Know a Thing About HTMwhatever?

Don't worry if you don't know the first thing about HTML or CSS. The instructors start from the most basic concepts. They explain what HTML is and how it started, and why CSS was created. They speak slowly--I know, that sounds funny!--and don't act like know-it-alls who expect you to keep up with a quick pace.

And if you have questions, even if you're stuck on a quiz question, you can ask on the forums. It's a supportive community, so you don't have to worry about being attacked for having a "dumb" question.

You don't have to be a prodigy to learn web design
You don't have to be a prodigy to learn web design | Source

Why Should You Choose Treehouse over Other Options?

One of the things I really like about Treehouse is that the guys who teach have a passion for spreading knowledge. It's obvious that they're fulfilling a dream and not just trying to make money. Each instructor adds his own personality to the videos (I haven't had any lady teachers yet), just as if you were talking the class in person.

If you'd like to learn how to create a website or the ins and outs of a programming language, try the free 14-day trial period Treehouse offers. If you decide you don't want to keep going with it, it's easy to cancel. And in the two weeks of your trial period, you can take the basic course called How to Make a Website. You'll end up with a simple custom website that cost only small amount of your time.

My family is on a tight budget, so $25 each month is a significant amount of money to pay. But if I were to take these courses at the local college, I'd have to pay hundreds of dollars up front or take out a loan. It would be impossible anyway, because I can't devote big chunks of time to driving to classes each week.

Whether you work for yourself or someone else, knowing how to design a website is a great asset. Anything you learn about it is useful. Check out the 2-week trial offer from Treehouse and start investing in yourself and new opportunities.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Hahah Thank you, travmaj! I'm glad to hear it :)

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      I'm in the brain cry section too. Great information and reading through I felt more enthusiastic about my technological improvement. So thank you for this.

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Thank you, Billy! And yes, I was thinking of you when I wrote that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I voted that it would make my brain cry, but then you already knew that, didn't you? :) Good information, Lizzy....great information for the 99% of the human race not named Bill.