Front-end developer is the most popular term for a web developer who focuses on code which is run by the web browser.
Front-end developers are also referred to as client-side developers.Positions seeking the general job title of Web Developer are often looking for front-end developers who have a basic understanding of one server-side language.
People who make good front-end web developers usually have one or more these traits:
- Strong communication skills
- Good at working with diverse groups of people
- Interested in design and aesthetics
- The ability to visualize structure in a concept
Here are some benefits which being a front-end web developer has over being a back-end developer:
- More jobs available than back-end developers.
- You can be ready to pursue a career faster than a back-end developer, and your portfolio is easier to build.
- The ability to work with and learn from different skilled personnel on a daily basis, such as designers and copywriters.
- You get to work on the finished product which the end users will see.
If you decide to focus on front-end web development you need to include these steps in your plan to becoming a web developer.
Step 1: Learn HTML and CSS in Detail
The average front-end web developer spends their day working in those two languages.
We suggest you use a free resource for initial HTML training, and then learn and work with every HTML element available in a test environment.
One of the best resources is the HTML developer guide from Mozilla Developer Network. Go through each page of the tutorial. More resources for initial HTML training are available on our HTML page.
After you finish the HTML tutorial, test every existing HTML element on a local HTML test page to get an understanding of what each element does.
Follow the same pattern for learning CSS. We suggest using the Getting Started with CSS Guide by Mozilla Developer Network to learn CSS. More resources for initial CSS training are available on our CSS page.
After you finish the CSS tutorial, test the available CSS properties by targeting a few HTML tags on your test page and applying a variety of CSS properties to each.
Step 2: Learn How to Build and Structure a Webpage
Once you know HTML and CSS you need to know how to combine them to create the webpage layout you desire.
A great way to do this is to get a good introductory book on webpage construction and follow along with the first few chapters.
The book will walk you through basic page layouts, how HTML elements affect each other, and how CSS can be used to move and shape the elements of the page.
Here are some good books on the subject:
- HTML and CSS: Design and Build Websites
- HTML Beginner’s Crash Course
- HTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide
If a book is not your favorite way to learn, here are some other resources for learning to build you first webpage:
- Microsoft Video : Building your very first web page with HTML
- Learning HTML & CSS Live Lessons (Video Training)
- XHTML and CSS Tutorial (YouTube)