Add these tools to your toolbox:

HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, Beaver Builder, and WordPress

Learn the HTML and CSS mark up languages! HTML and CSS are great first coding languages. This curriculum is broken up into 14 modules and includes slide shows and videos.

Learn HTML and CSS with these flashcards and place-in-order exercises. These were created to help students of Saint Paul College study for the HTML and CSS exam.

If you are interested in designing websites, then WordPress with Beaver Builder is a low-cost solution. Learn to design websites with minimal coding with this tutorial.

Looking for some cool tools for developing websites? Check out our list. Google fonts, Font Awesome, and CSS Generators, and much more!

Susan Metoxen
Susan Metoxen, Instructor and Web Developer

About Web Dev Students

When I started teaching Web Fundamentals at Saint Paul College, I wanted to provide my students with resources they could use after class was over. I created WebDevStudents.com as a resource.

If you are just getting started with Web Development, you can see the resources I use with my students on the HTML/CSS Curriculum page.

If you want to learn to make WordPress websites with Beaver Builder, check out my Beaver Builder Tutorial. You don't need to know how to code to make websites with WordPress and Beaver Builder, although it is very helpful if you can code.

If you are looking for some fun exercises to improve your HTML and CSS, check out my Practice Exercises.

I hope you can find something helpful on this website to help you add tools to your developer toolbox!

Susan

10 Learn the coding languages that drive the Web: HTML and CSS!
9 HTML and CSS are the ideal languages to learn first. Markup languages are easier to learn than traditional programming languages.
8 HTML and CSS are the foundations of the Video Game Design Program at Saint Paul College.
7 Students will learn web design principles and explore cutting edge  tools to edit their designs in code.
6 You will be able to make a website for your family or friend's business!
5 The demand for web-based software continues to grow at a rapid rate, as does the demand for employees with these skills.
4 CSCI 1450 is required for both the Web Design (Layout/Graphic Design) and Web Development (Programming) degrees.
3 Web Design pushes students to use problem solving and creative thinking skills for practical applications.
2 Recruiters want employees with experience in Bootstrap, Javascript, PHP, jQuery and React, all of which are built on HTML and CSS.
1 Making websites is a blast!
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Using Your Web Page Meta Description to Increase Traffic

By Susan Metoxen | March 11, 2020 | Comments Off on Using Your Web Page Meta Description to Increase Traffic

There is more to Search Engine Optimization than being listed in a Google search results. You need your customer to choose your web page from all of the others in the search results. In other words, you need a meta description for your web page.

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SEO 1-2-3: A Simple Explanation of how SEO works

By Susan Metoxen | March 11, 2020 | Comments Off on SEO 1-2-3: A Simple Explanation of how SEO works

Thinking of search engine optimization (SEO) through the eyes of your customer will help you understand how SEO works and improve SEO on your own website. Let’s step into the shoes of your customer. For example, let’s pretend you have a pet store and you sell axolotls. Your typical customer wants to buy an axolotl.…

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Escaping the Corporate World

By Susan Metoxen | February 2, 2020 | Comments Off on Escaping the Corporate World

Is it better to work as a freelancer or as a corporate employee? Whether you would be happier as a freelancer or in a corporate job depends on many factors. After working in a corporate job for 30 years, I left the corporate world and became a freelancer. I love freelancing and wouldn’t go back…

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Keyword Strategy Tool

By Susan Metoxen | December 19, 2019 | Comments Off on Keyword Strategy Tool

The most difficult part of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is deciding on the right keywords for your SEO copywriting. Before you begin copywriting, your first task is to find your keywords. Don’t know where to begin? We have created a Free Keyword Strategy Tool that you can use to develop your strategy. Keep reading to…

10 Reasons To Take Web Fundamentals/HTML (CSCI 1450) at Saint Paul College

By Susan Metoxen | December 19, 2019 | Comments Off on 10 Reasons To Take Web Fundamentals/HTML (CSCI 1450) at Saint Paul College

Read our 10 reasons why you should study web development. Susan Metoxen, owner of White Buffalo LLC, is an instructor in Web Development at Saint Paul College.

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Up-Sell, Cross-Sell and Related Products in WooCommerce

By Susan Metoxen | November 10, 2019 | Comments Off on Up-Sell, Cross-Sell and Related Products in WooCommerce

Confused about how to use the Up-Sell, Cross-Sell, and Related Products features in WooCommerce? You are not alone. It can be challenging to wade through the differences among the three options and know which is the right one to use for your products. One of the reasons why WooCommerce is the best eCommerce solution is…

Writing for SEO

By Susan Metoxen | September 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Writing for SEO

Quality Writing Helps Your Customers Find You on the Web Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of adapting a website to increase the number of website visitors. Search engines, like Google and Bing, are looking for quality information on a web page in order to decide where to put it in search results. Their…

Shared Hosting vs. WordPress Website Hosting

By Susan Metoxen | September 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Shared Hosting vs. WordPress Website Hosting

A website is one of the most cost-effective marketing strategies for businesses. The cost of shared hosting vs. WordPress hosting varies dramatically from $3 to $45/month. You should understand the pros and cons of these different options when choosing a website server. Shared Hosting For $3-$15/month, a website can be placed on “shared hosting.” At…

Choosing the Right WordPress Theme

By Susan Metoxen | September 11, 2019 | Comments Off on Choosing the Right WordPress Theme

“How do I know what is the best theme for my website?” When I first started making WordPress websites, the advice I generally read about choosing a WordPress theme went something like this: When you make a WordPress website you can either start with one of the free themes or purchase a premium theme. There…

Risk Management in WordPress: Techniques to keep your website up and running

By Susan Metoxen | July 29, 2019 | Comments Off on Risk Management in WordPress: Techniques to keep your website up and running

Do you love the idea that WordPress is open source? That it comes with a built in CMS (Customer Management System) that allows you to make changes to your website without a developer? That so many additional functionalities are capable in the WordPress community…often for free? We all love WordPress! That is why WordPress powers…