5 Most Common Mistakes Beginner Web Developers Make

Aug 19, 2015

If you’re a beginner web developer and just starting with web design and development, welcome. By now you’re probably familiar with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and maybe PHP and you can write some code on your own. And even though web developing is an interesting and exciting thing to do, one thing that you as a new developer will do are mistakes. But don’t worry, we’ve all been there and done at least one of the mistakes mentioned below, the important thing is to know them and avoid making them.

Common Web developing mistake – Not using responsive design

In the past couple of years people have started to use many different devices to access online content, and in order to keep up with the trends, you need to use responsive design for the websites that you create. Of course, there are tons of ways to do this by using different frameworks and development platforms. One of the most popular framework by now is probably Bootstrap and people use it to create dynamic websites, web applications and themes for different CMS. Bootstrap is free and open-source front-end framework based on HTML and CSS (it uses LESS) with optional JavaScript extensions and it comes as a grid layout. So if you’re familiar with these things, you’ll have no problem using it, if not, don’t worry, it’s not that hard to learn how to use it.

Common Mistakes Beginner Web Developers Make

Common Web developing mistake – Not checking cross browser compatibility

When it comes to cross browser compatibility, it doesn’t mean that you have to create and constantly check your projects in five different browsers, but it’s good practice to check how your project works in different browsers when you’re almost done creating it. This is especially important if you’re creating website for clients because not all of them are up-to-date with the latest browser updates. Avoid using code that’s specific for one browser only and test your project on different browsers from time to time, even on browsers that aren’t updated (if possible).

Common Web developing mistake – Forgetting to save your code

Oh yes, the one mistake that web developers learn the hard way not to make – forgetting to save their work. Remember, save your files even if you make a simple change to the code. It’s ok if your source code editor has an autosave, but don’t depend entirely on it. It’s also a good idea to purchase a simple hosting plan and to back up your work there or to use something like an external hard drive. This way, if your computer gets broken or something, you can continue working on your projects from another computer.

Common Web developing mistake – Bad code formatting

This is one of the most common mistakes beginner web developers make. Almost every beginner web developer writes a code that uses too many useless lines and blank spaces and after couple of months when he/she returns to fix something to it or to upgrade it, he/she has no idea what line does what and spends too much time ‘decoding’ the code. Remember this, when you write your code, write it in a way that even an absolute beginner can understand what you’ve written. Write it clearly, format it properly and use comments if you need to (but don’t overdo it). Good code formatting makes your work looks professional and it’s extremely important if you’re working in a team and you all work on one project.

Common Web developing mistake – Ignoring SEO

You as a web developer don’t have to know every single SEO practice, but it’s definitely helpful if you know at least the basics. It’s true that marketing and SEO people will take care of most of the optimization but you need to be able to do the ‘technical’ part of SEO optimization. Make sure that you generate a sitemap.xml file, keep your code W3C verified, call separate CSS and JavaScript files (minimize them if necessary) and make sure you’ve included the appropriate tags, schemas and microdata.

And of course, don’t be afraid and don’t doubt your skills when you come across a problem that looks too hard to solve. Almost every web development problem can be solved with some effort, so don’t worry. What other mistakes did you make as a beginner web developer?

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