Coding is not as difficult as people might assume. It is essentially telling the computer what to do by using codes to communicate to it. You want to make a header? Use the various <h1> commands. You want to add color to that header? Add the style command to that, <h1 style=”color:red;”>. Learning to code will give you the ability to not only write codes, but to also be able to read and understand them.
The video that I have provided below features Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and several other famous coders. They give insight about the importance of coding.
Why is this important to your business?
Being able to code has several benefits to your business; from being able to customize your website to being able to measure performance. Being able to read and write codes will help your business in the following ways:
- Control – Coding gives you the ability to have complete control over your website and to fully understand what is going on. Thus fully maximizing the use of resources.
- Reliability – With this control, the outcome will always be accurate. You are not relying on another program in the creation of your website.
- Maintainability – You are able to easily update and modify your website, making improvements or changes when needed. Furthermore, being able to correct any errors that occur.
- Creativity – By utilizing the knowledge you have with coding, you can create a unique and innovative website. This in turn will attract more people to your site.
After being on Code Academy for two hours, going through the tutorials and attempting to customize my ‘About You’ page, I learned the basics of coding. Below is a picture of what I accomplished in that time. Code Academy is a great source for learning how to code, it takes you through the steps in creating a website.
As as you can see, the page that I created is not very extravagant nor detailed but with more time and resources on how to code a great website can be created. On the left side of the picture is the coding (looks confusing, huh?), and on the right side is the output that results from the coding. It is pretty satisfying to see what you are able to create.
The coding on the left side may look confusing to an untrained eye. Although as you work from the ground up in creating your website, you start to really learn the language of coding and eventually get the hang of it.