Learning to code a website from scratch can be easy if you know the logic behind scripting and programming languages. Here is the good news: Creating a website does not require programming. In fact, students are advised to use scripting languages sparingly. To master web development quickly, study these languages in the following order:
The HyperText Markup Language, or HTML, is the life and blood of a website. You may refer to a webpage as static, dynamic, or flash-based, but the fact still remains that its backbone is made of HTML. This language is made of very few tags and basic syntax, which makes it the easiest coding language to learn.
Apparently, static webpages look bleak and plain. They need more colors. This is where CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, come in handy. Like HTML, CSS has an easy to learn syntax. At first, it may seem that CSS has one too many “properties” to memorize, it does, but don’t let that discourage you, it’s faily straight forward and you’ll very soon get the hang of it.
Of all server side scripting languages, Hypertext Preprocessor (a recursive acronym, originally personal home page), or PHP, is the most straightforward. In addition, it is faster, and more web hosts offer it. In this language, you will encounter the question mark (?) a lot, and fully understand how dynamic pages work. Later on, you can tap in to the world of databases with mySql, which happens to be conveniently built into PHP. Read more about What is PHP.
Once you know these languages, mastering more complicated programming will not seem overwhelming anymore. You can start learning ASP, .NET, Visual Basic, Java, C, and C++ without a hitch.