OK kids. Like it or not, you’re gonna have to learn some code to make your platform go.
Fear not. You have an incredible source of free help just a click away!
W3 Schools has played a gigantic part in my ability to write code
I’ve been writing code for more than six years now, yet I’ve been to their site three times today to help me over coding hurdles.
They’re a free resource and they are referenced by everyone else I have ever learned something about code from.
Learning code can age you, if it’s not your thing
It’s not my thing. I can tell you that with a certain amount of passion.
That’s why I am leading you to all these other resources. People who eat this stuff alive and go to bed dreaming about it. That’s who you want to learn from. I’m just pointing the way.
Coding is one more job I have been forced to learn, take a certain pride in getting right, and wish someone else was doing it for me.
But I’ve learned a lot and wish to save you any pain I can
So let me break down some basics:
- HTML is what makes most of the words and imagery on a page look and act as it does. It’s the lion’s share of what your eye sees as you read a page.
- CSS is code that is inserted into the guts of your theme that affects any instance of what that code applies to, anywhere in the site. So, you write code once, and it can change dozen, hundreds, or thousands of items on your site without you having to visit each item separately.
- HTML CSS is when you insert a scrap of CSS into a line of HTML code just to alter that particular item in a way the HTML won’t allow.
- From there, you have many more types of code that also run your site but, as long as you’re in Rainmaker, you’ll never have to deal with those.
- And if you are good with code, Rainmaker has a place to enter custom code too. If your site is, or will be huge, it’s best to learn some CSS. Just a dab’ll do ya! ((What commercial is that from?)
And honestly, CSS and HTML are the only types of code I am any sort of fluent in
But if you are a code person, or want to become one, W3 Schools has other code language tutorials waiting for you. I’m simply maxed out with the two.
W3 Schools is where I generally live to get specific answers to whatever I’m facing as I build these pages. I go to their color chart a lot. And I can’t remember exactly how code should look, so I go there to review…frequently.
However, since you’re with me, I have another secret weapon for you
Studiopress themes come with access to the Studiopress Forums. In those, you will find proper coders sharing a staggering amount of detailed, free help to get you through your coding issues.
(I’m better than the average bear but you want to learn from pros to be safe.)
Many of these fine folks will either solve your issue directly, or they’ll have an archived response to someone else who’s suffered as you might be now.
And many of them have their own sites with even more free help. Or they’ll send you to other resources that can get the job done at no cost.
And if you can afford to do so, all of them are helping in the hopes that you’ll hire them. But, cripes! They really GIVE until that point is even reached! Great group in there!
I often have W3 Schools open in one window and Studiopress Forums open in another
Then I tag team the problem.
Also, when you get a Studiopress theme, they provide much of the code you need in tutorials designed for your specific theme.
On top of that, much of this info is interchangeable from theme to theme.
When you immerse yourself in W3 Schools and Studiopress Forums and Theme Setups, you will start to get into the flow of it all and coding will get easier as you go.