In the world of digital recruiting, Web Designers and Developers are in extremely high demand. The rise of the nation’s average time on the Internet coupled with the popularity of social media, has forced many companies to enhance their web presence to stay afloat in this digital world. This increasing need for talented Web Designers and Developers has created a tremendous demand for a few web skills. In this post I will describe the top 3 most in-demand web skills companies are hiring for, as well as the top websites to learn these in-demand skills for free!
What are the three most in-demand web skills recruiters are searching for?
#1 – HTML5/CSS3
HTML5 is the most recent version of the HyperText Markup Language HTML. It is used to organize and display content for the Internet. Many of the features in HTML5 were developed with mobile devices in mind. The idea was to implement features that will allow webpages to “conform” to different devices with their varying screen sizes and processing abilities. To put it simply, HTML5 is the bones of a webpage.
CSS3 is the most recent version of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). CSS3 differs from past versions of CSS because it is divided into modules. Modules add new feature and abilities. It’s primary function is the convey the look and feel of a webpage written in a markup language, such as HTML. CSS allows the separation of the content (HTML, XHTML, etc.) from the presentation of the document (CSS). This separation is necessary to add flexibility in website editing down the line of design and development. To put it simply, CSS3 is the skin and make-up of a webpage.
#3 – PHP
PHP stands for Hypertext Preprocessor. It is a free open source scripting and programming language. It is fast, open, stable and cross-platform. PHP is also a server-side scripting language generally used for web development. As an open source platform PHP is very community oriented meaning there is always someone working on ways to improve the language. The popularity of PHP comes from PHP being a server-side, allowing it to access databases. It can manipulate the information within those databases based on input from an online user. Today’s most popular open source Content Management Systems (CMS) such as WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal are based off of the PHP language.
What are the top websites to learn the most in-demand web skills for free?
#1 – Codecademy.com
Codecademy aims to make programming accessible to just about anyone with a computer and an Internet connection. It utilizes a different set of interactive, web-based courses that encourage learning through immediate coding. Codecademy utilizes 1 on 1 sessions to teach the different coding languages and holds your hand throughout the entire learning process. Codecademy gives you the option to either create an account, to save your progress, or not create an account if you do not want to track progress. Overall it is a great place to learn the top most in-demand web skills outlined in this post.
#2 – W3Schools
W3Schools is a very popular website created to aid in the learning of the web’s most in-demand languages. There are hundreds of articles that provide simple explanations of the different aspects of the different languages. There are topic specific examples for you to study and try in the different tutorials. The lessons are learned at your own pace and are full of enough demonstrations for you to master the languages in no time.
#3 – YouTube
This one may come as a shock to some of you although it should not! YouTube is seen, by many, as a place to watch funny or viral videos. It’s ability to teach the top most in-demand web skills is not to be overlooked. A simple search of “How to Learn HTML5” returns dozens of videos and video series teaching the basics all the way to advanced capabilities of the markup language. Taking some time to explore different videos will allow you to discover which YouTube channels are best for your particular learning style. That discovery can really help you learn these web skills in no time!
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Author Name – Malik Mack
Title – Digital Recruiter
Location – Baltimore, MD
Twitter – @MalikMack
Byline – Malik is a Cornell Graduate with exceptional skills in the Marketing, Web and IT space.