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 created as a resource for students to use.

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.

It isn't necessary to know HTML/CSS to learn WordPress. I have my curriculum on the WordPress 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!


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!

Why I Love Coding

By Susan Metoxen | August 22, 2020 | Comments Off on Why I Love Coding

After working 30 years in health care administration, I was bored at my job and wanted to do something completely different. I had opportunities to make job changes within Health Care Administration, but none of those appealed to me.

On on whim, I went on to and looked for a book on programming. The book I picked out was actually for teens, a book on how to learn to program with GameMaker by On a Saturday afternoon, I opened up the book and started to go through the first tutorial. After a few hours, I had followed all of the many steps in the tutorial, and I was ready to push the “Compile” or “Run” button, to see the result.

Purchasing a Domain Name

By Susan Metoxen | June 2, 2020 | Comments Off on Purchasing a Domain Name

Ready, Set, Go! Purchasing your domain name is your first step in making a website. Purchasing a domain name is one of the most important and lowest-cost tasks on your to do list in making a website. All you do is go to a website registrar, like, and start to type in domain names…

Domain Registry Scam

By Susan Metoxen | May 13, 2020 | Comments Off on Domain Registry Scam

Don’t be fooled by an official-looking letter from Domain Registry. If you have purchased a domain name and not added privacy services, your personal information, like your email address, home address, and phone number, are available on the World Wide Web. You will receive emails from a variety of Internet scammers who would like to…

Website Files and Folders: Explaining the Magic

By Susan Metoxen | April 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Website Files and Folders: Explaining the Magic

A website is a set of files and folders that work together. When I first started making websites, I had a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that a website is made up of a host of folders and files that work together to make the app. The files and folders reference each other based on their location in relation to each other.

What should I study after learning HTML and CSS?

By Susan Metoxen | April 25, 2020 | Comments Off on What should I study after learning HTML and CSS?

After learning HTML and CSS, what’s your next challenge? Well, that likely depends on what you liked most about learning HTML and CSS languages. HTML and CSS may be your first coding languages and are a great introduction to the coding world. At the same time, learning HTML and CSS teaches you to design websites.

Answering this question may help to see your best direction. When you were learning HTML and CSS, which did you enjoy more?

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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.…

Worried Corporate Worker

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.