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Plan, Design + Code Your First Website

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Gain a whole range of new creative and digital skills so that you can design and build your first website from start to finish – all for free!

Or... why not join SuperHi Unlimited and get access to all our courses for $360/year? Find out more!

Overview

What you'll learn

Course syllabus

Instructors

This free course is go-at-your-own pace and has 4+ hours of video lessons that will teach you, from start to finish, how to get your very first website online. It's an introductory, crash course to learn a range of new creative, digital skills so that you can start making things online for fun or take your career to the next level.

We'll cover project management essentials and how to work with clients, how to wireframe and then design a visual brand and website using Figma, and finally, how to code your design from scratch using HTML, CSS and the SuperHi Editor (free access included).

The course project will be a client looking to get their portfolio online. You can also remix this course to get your own website (or a friend's) online too!

Who is this course for?

This course is made for anyone who's curious about the world of technology, design and code and is interested in making things on the internet. No previous experience necessary!

You could be interested in taking the first steps to a digital freelance career, or looking to get creative and build your own website from scratch. From designers looking to dip their toes into code, to aspiring project managers wanting to work in creative fields — if you've been interested in making a career change and aren't sure which direction you want to take, we're here for you. Creativity and curiousity – that's all we ask of you!

This is an introductory course and you don't need any prior knowledge — just the desire to make something and learn new skills.

What do I need?

A computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) with the latest version of Chrome installed and a broadband internet connection. You’ll also want to set up a Notion and Figma account (they're free and we'll walk you through setup in the course). That’s it!

What you'll learn

How to work with a client and set up a project plan.

How to design a brand using Figma — we'll cover fonts, colors and how to create a logo, even if you're not a designer.

How to code your website from scratch — learn the basics of HTML and CSS using our intelligent code editor, the SuperHi Editor.

How to plan and wireframe your design — we'll be creating a 3-page website including a contact form.

How to convert your wireframe into a design using Figma.

How to get your website online including a walkthrough on domains and hosting.

Course syllabus

4+ hours of video lessons

Practical, go-at-your-own pace learning

Real world projects

Projects and code that you can alter and remix to add to your own sites and portfolio

Continued help

Help from our expert teachers and educators with years of experience in the industry

Resources

Resources to get you started and going post-course

Aria Oslo

The main project for this course is a client site for a digital artist. We'll plan, design and code the entire project from scratch using the SuperHi Editor to add structure and our look-and-feel to the website, piece by piece.

Happy Flowers

In the second variation of our project, a website for a floral designer, we'll cover further variations such rounded corners on images, adding a background gradient, and adding links to other projects.

AM Studio

Finally, in our third project variation, a portfolio site for an illustrator, we'll cover another layout and adding images into the footer.

Connie

In the first variation of our project, a portfolio website for a multidisciplinary visual designer, we'll cover variations including how to get different colored text and different layouts.

Your instructors

Our instructors have decades of professional experience, have spoken at international conferences and have won countless web design awards.

Ana Wang

Ana enjoys simplifying the complex, so here she is at SuperHi, producing content to help creative people learn and grow, using herself as an observer and experiment. Outside of SuperHi, she’s either writing, learning or “shopping”. A good day is when she does all three, bubble tea in hand.

Rik Lomas

Rik is a Mancunian coder, teacher and CEO of SuperHi. He was the co-founder of Steer (a code school in London) and has taught several thousand people to code. He is a bit too old to be posting memes on our social media and recently featured as a Sour Patch Kid in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.

The SuperHi Editor

Our intelligent code editor is designed to help making websites from scratch easier. Comes with any course, or sign up for a free SuperHi account for access.

Meet SuperHi Unlimited! Our annual membership that unlocks all our courses, extra community perks, and early access.

Find out more

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Course FAQs

Yes, we do! All you'd need to do is send the links to your completed projects over to hi@superhi.com at the end of your course. We will review them, provide feedback if necessary, and then issue your certificate!

If you're comfortable working with a computer, then yes!

Learning new and improving your existing skills is about being patient with yourself, building up your knowledge, developing confidence through practice, and with time. We've seen our students around the world do it, and so can you.

Our beginner courses are designed for people new to the subjects. They grow your understanding so you grasp everything you need to start applying your new skills and will also give you a path to dig deeper if you want.

Our teaching style is practical and straightforward and you'll have support from our expert instructors and community for as long as you need.

Still not sure if learning to code is right for you? Take our free Plan, Design + Code Your First Website course or dive into our First Steps to Code guide.

All our course videos are taught using the SuperHi Editor, but you'll be able to apply everything you'll learn to a code editor of your choice. Many students go on to use other code editors, for example, if their workplace has an existing standard.

Our SuperHi Editor is designed with many smart features to help avoid wasted time looking for things like a typo or missing bracket (which is why we made it!), but the same code concepts apply to any editor.

Yes! You can use your own custom third-party domains and connect them to your sites built with our SuperHi Editor. Additionally, all SuperHi sites come with free SSL Certificates for added protection.

Here's more information on how to connect a third-party domain

At SuperHi, we provide online courses designed for creatives and made for everyone. Take a course on Code, Design, or Project Management 😊

The proof is in the pudding! Our students go on to make their own beautiful sites and some of their stunning work have won digital design awards. Take a look at our Hall of Fame to see some of the sites our students have built, many of which had only taken our Foundation course!

If you're a SuperHi student or alumni and would like to submit your project to be included in our Hall of Fame, please feel free to submit it here.

We have quite a lot of students that join us and have done some coding before but want to build up confidence and techniques.

In order to help get you where you'd like to be, have a look at the sites below to see which course you can make from scratch, without any help at all.

Baker & Brown – If you struggle to make this website from scratch, don't worry! We recommend you start off with our Foundation, HTML, CSS + Javascript course.

Jenna Buchholz – If you struggle to make this website from scratch, it's all good! We recommend you start off with our Javascript for Designers course.

Super Shapes – If you struggle to make this website from scratch, have no fear! We recommend you start off with our Advanced CSS + Javascript course.

All of our courses are unlocked and available for students to start their learning and go at their own pace. We do have a suggested weekly structure for some courses, which helps some students stay on track. However, you're definitely free to jump ahead or take as long as you need!

As soon as you checkout and pay, you'll have all the courses you paid for, in your student dashboard available to you immediately. If you're busy and can't start right away - no worries, you can pick it back up later.