"Man, I would have to say this is hands down the best course ever! I've done a ton of certifications, training, and real-world experience in other areas of IT. Nothing I've done so far has been as rewarding and I felt like making something and actually have the necessary skills to do so, without looking elsewhere." - Cortell
Maker-Based HTML & CSS is a project-based course that will show anyone, even a complete beginner how to build beautiful websites. Through a series of video lessons and tutorial you’ll build 4 different websites - a landing page, blog template, magazine layout page, and your very own portfolio page to show off your work.
When you sign up you get immediate access to your own virtual classroom where you can take lessons at your own pace, ask us questions, and chat live with other students. Along the way you will learn all you need to know about HTML, CSS, SEO, hosting your site, building beautiful sites fast, Bootstrap, adding social sharing, and other bonus goodies to test your business ideas. You’ll be an HTML and CSS ninja.
Want to build an online business? Than this is the course for you. You’ll learn HTML & CSS fast and have your first landing page up in less than a week to test your idea.
Josh Hagler took his knowledge from this course to test his business idea and build the website for his college startup RoomScapeU. Jay Mayu took our course and in less than a week had his first paid client. You can achieve these results too
Nowadays companies are looking for more than just a graphic designer. They’re looking for designers that can make their designs come to life on a webpage through HTML and CSS. Don’t take our word for it? Listen to our students:
Around two months ago I graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam as a User Experience Designer. Pretty awesome but soon I discovered there was not a lot of work in this area of expertise. So to enhance my chances for a suitable job I decided to improve my front-end skills. Every company wants people with programming skills nowadays. Since I advertised that in my motivational letters and mentioning it in my CV I have multiple invitation from companies to get to know each other." -- Ruud Visser, Graduate from University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam
Excellent course that exposed me step-by-step to the world of web design. I come from a computer programming background and never really had to build a site from scratch. This was a great tool in pushing me to be a more well-rounded tech person. - Khalid
Absolutely awesome! I recommend this course to anyone who feels like learning to code is too hard to start off with, because it really isn't. I thought it was too hard, but Ryan makes it look really easy with his step for step increase in difficulty. I built my own website within a week after starting this course, and it looks really great. Keep it up, Ryan! -- Robert de Kok
This is the first time I was able to go from start to finish with making an entire site. I have done other training before but they don't ever seem to close it off at the end. This class went over everything needed to make a site. I would love to find other courses like this. I also did not feel dumb mid way through the course due to lack of explaining. Everything was well documented and covered. Very good job on this thanks. - Jay Mims
Man, I would have to say this is hands down the best course ever! I've done a ton of certifications, training, and real-world experience in other areas of IT. Nothing I've done so far has been as rewarding and I felt like making something and actually have the necessary skills to do so, without looking elsewhere. Thanks for this, I am at a loss for words; I hope this helped articulate how thankful I am. Thank you! -- Cortell Shaw
What you will learn
- CORE FUNDAMENTALS: I’ll teach you how to use a text-editor and the fundamentals of HTML and CSS so that you can put up any site you want.
- RAPID DEVELOPMENT: By learning to use powerful frameworks and tools such as Bootstrap, Font-Awesome, Google Forms and more, you'll be able to put up sexy, startup quality sites fast
- HTML5 & CSS3 to make your site look fresh and new. You'll learn the rules and practices of the newest languages. No outdated teachings or 1990s looking sites here!
- RESPONSIVE DESIGN: Designing for web is no longer for just your computer or laptop. We'll teach you responsive design so your site looks great on all devices.
- NO STAKES PRACTICING: How to use browser tools to play around and see live changes on sites so that you can learn faster and explore the HTML and CSS of the best looking websites
- BEAUTIFUL VISUALS: You’ll learn how to include professional style graphics and icons in your site for free
- COMPLETE KNOWLEDGE OF CSS AND HTML YOU WILL USE WHEN BUILDING SITES: links, lists, positioning, images, fonts, background properties, and any thing else you'll encounter when designing and developing a website
- MULTIPLE SITE LAYOUTS: When you're done with this course you'll be able to make any site you can dream up. Whether its a simple tower site, to a blog template, to a complex magazine layout you'll have the power in your hands to whip it up.
- SEO AND SOCIAL SHARING OPTIMIZATION: You don't want to work hard and create a beautiful site for it to just disappear into the internet abyss. You want people to be able to find your site and easily share its beauty. SEO and social sharing is just as an important part of HTML as anything else and you'll have the foundational knowledge you need after this course.
And I won’t stop where most other courses stop. I'll teach you:
- FREE HOSTING: how to save over $100 a year in hosting fees
- INSTANT DEPLOYMENT: how to host your site live online QUICKLY
- YOUR OWN CUSTOM DOMAIN NAME: how to buy a domain name and put your site up on it.
- GOODIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS: how to grow your site's visitors and test your business ideas - quick and for free.
When you're done with this course...
HTML and CSS will no longer be a foreign language to you. Instead you will already have built your first couple sites and have the skills to build many others. You'll be a part of the 1% of people that actually know how to build things online and have a life-changing new skill set - the power to code and create.
With your new found knowledge of HTML and CSS you'll be able to separate yourself from others in a job search, follow your passion, explore a new career path, the possibilities are endless.
Why take this course versus the other HTML and CSS courses?
Here’s the deal… there’s the difference between knowing how to build a site with HTML5 and CSS3 and knowing how to build one that really wows! Whether its for looks, increasing sales, growing email lists, making your blog look professional or even making a personal page to start getting yourself online, you need to know how to make a site that functions how you want it and that separates you from the average person building average sites online. This course will do that. It’s the difference between being able to create and being able to not only create but impress with some added finishing touches. Its that aha moment - that’s what we’re going for when someone comes to our site and we’re going to teach you how to develop that.
So why not sign up today? Why not start investing in your future today? Click the button to start learning now.
Lets take a quick look at what we'll be building throughout the course and the tools we need to get started
Thanks for taking this course! I'm excited for the benefits for you and the sites that will come of having this new life-changing skill set. Here's a quick guide for you to get the most out of the course.
Use these suggestions to crush this course and be building awesome sites in no time.
Become familiar with the different types of tags throughout this course and how to open and close each.
Let's drill home some HTML basics!
In this lesson we'll explore how to combine templates, use Chrome's dev tools, and utilize Bootstrap's native components to start putting together the site fast.
Divs are all over HTML documents. Understand divs and you'll be like an HTML magician. Feel the power!
CSS controls the style of your site. Make your first CSS rule and start transforming the site from boring text to sexy startup quality.
Lets take a quick moment to learn more about CSS
If you've ever heard of Steve Jobs you know that fonts are critical in the design of a product. Let's learn to put any font you want into your website.
Fonts can be the difference between a beautiful, sexy site and a generic, template-looking site. We don't want template-looking sites. We want sexy, slick sites. So lets cover the big three of fonts:
Every html element is a rectangular box. Understand this along with what margin, padding, and border and you’re on your way to being a website ninja
Lets go through how to add images to your site so that it really pops, both through HTML and CSS. And now we'll be done with the top section. Pat yo' self on the back!
Lets go into bootstrap's grid system so you can learn to make the site look exactly however you want it. With the added understanding of floats you can build any complex-looking site.
Use links to control the flow of users from and through your site. In this lesson we cover the different types of links
Learn how to bring in Google Forms. An awesome, free tool to get feedback from you site users and put a sense of interactivity in your site
Font-awesome allows you to include professional quality icons in your site free and easy to give it that extra pop.
Spans let you style inline-elements. Use it if you want to make certain words, phrases, or other inline elements stand out with a different color or style.
Through working on the get-involved section we learn and revisit many text-based CSS properties as well as see how to give the same CSS rule to multiple different HTML elements.
Let’s learn how to center block elements
In this lesson you’ll see the power of assigning classes to elements when you want multiple elements to have a similar style. It’s a beautiful thing!
We’re rockin’ and rollin’ now as we style links for when users hover over them and get an introduction to pseudo-classes.
Lets learn how to style full-width background colors in order to give our some subtle design beauty
In this lesson we’ll learn about the benefits of IDs and when to use them versus classes
A quick styling of the footer section and you have yourself your first website. Do a dance!
Let’s get yo' site live and online with Forge for the world to see.
Dropbox allows you to put up sites free and fast. Lets look at another option Github that has the same benefits but also gives you a more human friendly URL
Let’s get you your first very own custom domain name!
Now that we know the building blocks of CSS and HTML as well as how to get our sites live online what’s next?
Let's start putting some magic into our site with some cool, subtle scrollspy
Let's put some smooth transitions in our tower page links with a smooth scrolling feature.
Let's explore a new type of positioning
Now we'll round out our knowledge of types of positioning with absolute and relative positioning
Bring in modals to add interactivity and give your user more information on a topic.
Let's learn about iframes by bringing in a youTube video
A quick intro into youTube player paramenters to give our youTube videos a site-customized look
Move into the ranks of website ninjas as you learn how to center absolute elements. This is a crazy cool power to have.
Let's learn about stacking with the z-index
Want to test a business idea or sell products on your site? Gumroad is your answer
A quick, free way to build an email list. Mailchimp will be your friend
Forms allow users to interact with your site. Lets learn how to include them in yours
Now that we know all about the important parts of forms lets style them to look good on our site
We’ll continue to round out our knowledge of HTML and CSS while we build a blog template
We’ll get some common styling set up with the body’s font-family and bring in a navbar
With all the possibilities of text and font styling in CSS you can create your own unique logos and brands directly in the browser.
Lets “google”-ize our blog’s look through child pseudo-elements
Lets get specific and creative with our styling via pseudo-selectors
We’ll revisit many CSS and HTML principles as we style out our blog posts.
Its important to have a way for your readers to subscribe to your blog. Let’s revisit forms and create a way.
Take a walk down Mailchimp memory lane and give your subscribe form functionality
In this lesson we learn advanced tactics to keep users on our site as they sign up for our email list.
Let's get into some list-styling skills
Remember responsive design? Lets do a quick revisit as well as touch up our footer.
Let’s visit our sumo friends to get some amazing tools to significantly increase our site’s newsletter signups and social shares. Oila, Magic!
Let’s add some share buttons to our posts and learn about how to vertical-align inline elements.
FB Meta tags allow us to determine the look of our shares and optimize them for increased sharing and SEO.
Learning the key basics of SEO is a very important part of learning HTML. After all, you do want people to be able to find your site online.
Sometimes you want some simple spacing between divs or you don’t want a div to span the whole width of the page.
Knowing float is the key to making complex website layouts.
Is your page content short and your footer half way up the screen? Let’s fix that with a sticky footer.
In this lesson we learn how to create our own multi-column layout.
We add a powerful skill to our repertoire of being able to style rows of columned divs and learn the “trick of clear fixes”. After this lesson you are officially a website building beast!
Lets learn even more ways to make complex layouts with nested columns.
Lets start setting up a nice landing page to welcome our site visitors
Have a little fun with all the different background possibilities
Put on the finishing touches and you have yourself a good looking blog template!
Let’s learn how to make an awesome, full-width magazine layout site
Lets take a walk down memory lane and revisit how to create a jumbotron section
We’ll add another tool to your website making arsenal with text shadows and revisit to rgba colors
We’ve learned in the past how to add Google Fonts to our site. Now let’s learn how to add fonts we have on our computer
Up to this point you’ve been working with fixed navbars. Now it’s time to learn how to create a static navbar
And now it’s time to put the final touches on our beautiful, transparent navbar
Let’s learn how to make website layouts that span the width of the screen. Oh how the possibilities are endless now!
Sometimes you want to make entire divs clickable. Let’s learn how to do so
Let’s finish it all up with a simple footer section
Did you try to do the responsiveness yourself? If not try to before you watch this video. I think you’ll surprise yourself at how much you know!
Ryan Bonhardt is a self-directed learning enthusiast and self-taught web developer and entrepreneur. He believes in the power of education and has a life mission of empowering people to follow their passions, make money doing it, and to constantly test the system.
During college he decided he wanted to avoid "Corporate America", make money doing things he loved and live life as he wanted to. In the beginning it was rough and he STRUGGLED….but then he discovered how to learn skills rapidly and promote efforts he believed in. Since then he has founded Maker-Based, helped found a non-profit running across the USA for Sarcoma cancer research, lived in 10 cities, been a white water river guide, surfed across Latin America, and advised multiple businesses and startups. His goal is to always love what he's doing and do what he loves - to learn something new and add value daily.
At Maker-Based we aim to better education through content and delivery. We believe every day there is a growing gap between what students should be and are learning. We aim to lessen that gap by teaching you skills that are relevant today - to enable you to follow your passion and do what you love. And we believe the most effective way to learn these skills is through project-based learning. We work to achieve this mission daily with online learning courses and our social venture of bringing coding into the school system.