8 Websites That Will Help You Learn Coding Basics for Free

August 6, 2017

2:30 pm

So you want to start creating websites of your own? Or maybe you just want to get better at editing your own WordPress theme. Is it possible that you just want to start building sites from the ground up? You're likely going to need to learn some coding basics. We're not saying you need to be an expert programmer but you will need to know a thing or two about what's under the hood. Thanks to the recent advances in education technology you can now learn those coding basics for free – here's a list of great free resources to help you on your journey. Happy coding!


Codecademy is one of the most popular learning platforms on the internet for good reason. They have a ton of great courses – not just HTML – all completely free. was founded by Harvard and MIT to help deliver quality education for free. This site features university level courses for free, which is pretty hard to find anywhere else. You can also choose to pay for certification to show potential employers that you've completed these high level courses. Here's a good course to start with.


The name says it all. This site is great because it first teaches you the basics of HTML through their own curriculum and then it gives you projects to work on for non profit organizations.


Udacity courses are presented comprehensively, their instructors are top notch, and their quiz system really make sure that you're retaining the information presented to you.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help make education more accessible.  Their HTML courses aren't quite as extensive as some of the other resources listed here, but they're definitely still worth checking out.


Coursera operates similar to Edx. You can choose to take the majority of their courses for free to simply learn the material, or you can choose to pay for certification. This course looks like a good HTML beginner course.

HTML5 Tutorial

This site isn't interactive like some of the others, but for people who prefer to learn by diving right in, reading documentation and doing rather than watching videos or being told what to do next, this site is great. If you'd prefer to feel like you've completely taught yourself rather than learned by watching tutorial videos, this might be the resource for you. HTML Dog is a similar site worth checking out as well.


Udemy features free and paid courses and their courses can be submitted by anyone so be sure to check out the reviews for any course you're interested in on their site. Despite having a large amount of paid courses, they definitely aren't lacking in quality free programs. I haven't gone through this course myself, but it looks like a solid foundation.


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