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Why learn to code?
Most working artists today have their portfolios online. From drag and drop tools that require no coding knowledge to building a website from scratch, a number of options exist for artists to showcase their work. Whichever method you use, having some basic coding skills will help you the understand the backend structure of your site and allow you to customize it.
These are just a few of the free and paid website builders available. Many more exist!
Not just for blogs, Wordpress is an easy, free way to create a customized personal website or portfolio. Includes some paid features like custom domains and additional themes.
If you're familiar with Google Docs, Sites will be a snap to pick up. Quickly gather a variety of information in one place—including videos, calendars, presentations, attachments, and text—and easily share it.
A free, online web development platform that lets you build your site with drag and drop tools. Users can add various functionalities like social media integration, ecommerce, and email marketing, and may pay for custom domains, Wix ad removal, and additional bandwidth.
A website builder, blogging platform, and hosting service. Add galleries, pages, ecommerce, and mobile capability to your site. Trial for free; plans begin at $8/mo.
Customize your design to suit your preferences for a unique online portfolio, and preview changes instantly without writing any code. The platform is fully responsive and adapts gracefully to mobile devices. It features drag and drop capabilities and clever privacy controls to protect sensitive work. Free.
A simple-to-use solution that requires no coding knowledge. You can create a site, upload your images, embed your video or audio, choose a beautiful retina-enabled responsive template, and customize it to suit your own style and taste. Dunked looks after the servers, security, software and updates. Trial for free; plans start at $6/mo.
Portfoliobox is a web tool you can use to create your own online portfolio website. Customizable designs, hosting included, free and paid accounts.
Coding Resources on the Web
Free online courses from Stanford University.
Online courses in a wide range of programming languages, design and web tools.
In-Person Coding Classes
Thinking about taking your coding knowledge a step further? There are a variety of free and paid coding classes in NYC:
Coding courses at campuses around the globe.
New York Code and Design Academy
Workshops for beginner, intermediate and advanced programmers of all ages.
Girl Develop It
A nonprofit organization that exists to provide affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn web and software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction. Classes and events are open to all, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, or identity.
Project_< code > at NYPL
The New York Public Library offers a ten-week coding class at a few locations. Project Code is free and perfect for beginners who want to take an introductory course.
Books at the Library
This is just a sampling of web design and coding books at the library.
Search the catalog to find more: