Web development is a broad term for the work involved in developing a website for the Internet (World Wide Web) and intranet (a private network). This can include web design, web content development, web server and network security configuration, e-commerce development, and many more.

Becoming a web developer, who is known to do things that what gives life on the internet or intranet, there is a five step-approach to make those dreams at reach without spending a bundle of money.

  1. 1.        Engage in real-life projects.

People learn better if they are working on real-life projects with real-life requirements. It is frustrating to focus on books and just imagine how things would work without even trying it physically. Start looking for small real-life projects that could benefit your company (if you have one or been working under one) or just benefit you alone (freelance). For you are claiming yourself as a web developer, you should look for projects that is related to web or in simple term, web-based.

  1. 2.       Learn some HTML.

HTML is a language that is used to create web pages. There are a lot of websites that offers a tutorial for learning HTML and one of these is the W3shools (http://www.w3schools.com). It gives you a step-by-step lesson and let you take their free test to know if you are ready to venture on creating website.

  1. 3.       Learn PHP basics.

PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. This says that HTML and PHP has a deep relationship and would really tell you to focus on both.

  1. 4.      Know how to create Databases

You can think of a database as an electronic filing system. Database is often abbreviated as DB, which is basically a collection of information organized in such a way that a computer program can quickly select desired pieces of data. Once you are connected on the internet, try browsing for some tutorials available online that could help you on becoming knowledgeable on creating and managing databases.

  1. 5.       Be creative.

What is the essence of learning steps one to four if you are not creative enough in creating web applications? Being creative is the most important step web developers recommend you to follow. Creativeness of a certain web developer does not lie on how good they are at combining colors, picking appropriate images, choosing font faces and styles but how could they catch attention once your web application is available on line. Feedbacks become your credibility as a web developer, so be careful.

Do not expect to learn all of this overnight and suddenly become a master at Web Development the next day. It also takes time and patience to know it all. All web developers have been on that stage too. This will just only serve as a guide for you to be aware of what is needed to be a web developer. Still, without perseverance, you are not suited for everything.

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