Passion 17 June 2014
How to learn code as a blogger and how it can improve your website

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to design a website exactly how you want it? To get rid of those annoying borders and create a custom header? This can all be done with some simple code.

Being able to create your own custom code can not only save you hundreds of euro’s, it can also give you the freedom to change your blog any time of day. Learning how to code can be a daunting task for anyone, whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced professional. Just getting started is hard enough, but sometimes the best still get stuck – so don’t worry if you don’t get it immediately, with time and practice you’ll be sure to get there.

1. Practice using software to learn the basics
Learning to do things in your own time, for free, where you can make mistakes and improve at your own pace can be one of the best ways to learn coding. Below, we’ve mentioned Codeacademy, but there are many more awesome programs and websites (here’s a great css basics written tutorial!) out there to help you learn code for free.

2. Learn to break stuff
If you have a little bit of code that you don’t know what it does, isolate it and take something away, see what happens and then try to fix it again. This way you’ll be able to see what you can do and fix. As you test each line, you’ll start to build a mental model and make corrections to other assumptions you made previously. Just remember to make a back up of your blog code before you play around.

3. Create a tumblr account
Consider creating a tumblr account and playing with code there – if you don’t want to download a program. Tumblr lets you quickly see what you code is doing, and the changes that you’re making. So play around with your blog css by copy-pasting it into the custom tumblr html code, break things so that you won’t have to quickly reverse your actions when tweaking your blog.

4. Try out Codeacadamy
Codecademy has a beautiful, clean design and covers an impressive array of programming languages, whether you want to learn how to build your own website or write an app that interacts with Twitter’s API. Each course lists a time estimate and the required technical level, so you know what you’re getting yourself into before you start.  It’s free too!

5. Take a class
If you’ve got the time consider taking a class at your local university or high school. By taking a course, you’ll be able to meet other individuals who are learning code too – and you’ll be able to ask your professor anything and everything that you’d want.

6. Practice, coding takes time!
As with anything, being good as something usually doesn’t come easy. This is especially true for coding. If you only want to learn the basics, it might take you a couple of months to get the hang of it, but if you’re looking to become a pro – it’s a whole different story. Becoming really good at coding can sometimes take years, so don’t worry if you don’t get it right away, just keep practicing regularly and you’ll be sure to get there eventually!

Interested in other blog classes? Take a look at how to find the perfect shoot location for your OOTD, and common blogging etiquette.

Do you know any code? If you do, how did you learn it? 

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19 comments

    I really need to learn code! I want to make social media icons and buttons for blog topics. Youtube has some great tutorials too!

    […] Yara explains how to learn code as a blogger. […]

    Thanks so much for showing me codeacademy! It is exactly what I was looking for!
    xx

    Great post and great comments!

    http://girlonset.blogspot.com/
    http://girlonset.blogspot.com/

    I love No. 2. Diving in and getting your hands dirty is the best way to learn. The more you can experiment the better. I cut my teeth manipulating the code of Constant Contact emails when our developer was working on more important things.

    Good resource, and thanks for referencing my post.
    Keith

    If you have access to Linda.com, a tutorial site for all kind of lessons, you should definitely check that out. And otherwise, Google and “How to…” on YouTube always works for me

    Sounds amazing even if a little bit daunting!
    XO

    Jeanne

    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

    yeah it’s a hard thing to learn! But I’ve created my website just by my self!

    xxxx
    http://www.dominiquecandido.com

    Wat een handig artikel! Ik vind HTML codes altijd maar iets moeilijks. Ik ben er altijd zo lang mee bezig! Bedankt voor de tips:)
    x

    Thank you so much for sharing!

    Regina

    I would recommend those starting to check other people’s websites’ source code by using ctrl + u or by using the “inspect element” when right clicking.

    Also, the Mozilla Developer network is a great place to learn the basics og HTML (distribution of content), CSS (styling of content) and JavaScript (content behavior).

    Dear Regina,

    That’s some really great advice, we have to admit that we’ve done that ourselves too from time to time ;-) .
    Thanks for sharing!
    xx

    Ik vind het zo leuk om ermee bezig te zijn! Ik heb mijn blog layout afgelopen zomer helemaal in elkaar gefrutseld met HTML. Long live Google! :D

    Ik vind het écht heel erg moeilijk, maar zodra ik iets heb weten te veranderen op mijn blog, vier ik altijd feest;)

    http://www.fashion-hooked.blogspot.com

    Super handig artikel. :D

    Deeksha

    Could you perhaps recommend places that offer lessons in Amsterdam? Thanks.

    I’m trying to learn code but jeez it’s hard! x
    http://mividabonitaa.blogspot.nl/

    wow pretty useful

    http://franchemeetsfashion.blogspot.cz/

    Fijne tips! Ik vind dit nog altijd moeilijk om toe te passen op mijn blog,

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