The 10 Best Web Development YouTube Channels

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YouTube makes it pretty easy to waste time. Hours can slip by as you watch skits or snicker at cat videos.

But if you’re ever on the site and in the mood to expand your web development skills, instead of watching kitties destroy things for their own amusement, these 10 channels are a great way to help you stay productive.

DevTips

Travis Neilson’s DevTips channel focuses on both sides of website creation: development and design.

That makes it ideal for those who are interested in both, instead of just one or the other. He has a few “back to basics” videos for beginners and occasionally does live interviews with others in the industry.

LearnCode.academy

Will Stern runs this channel and uses it to cover a wide variety of topics: web development, site design, tutorials, career advice...the list goes on. Great channel for newbies (he has a 24-video playlist just for beginners). He has a lot of videos on JavaScript and also a popular series on the web dev tools used by pros.

Coder’s Guide

Specializes in structured series of videos, broken down by topic. The series are normally pretty long (so don’t expect to blaze through them in a single afternoon). They have a 19-video series on learning JavaScript, and others on learning HTML/CSS, Java, and Visual Basic. (And they do cover some shorter, more specific topics, like their 6 videos on making a Wordpress theme with Bootstrap, etc.)

Helping Develop

Supplies free professional tutorials with a focus on HTML, CSS, jQuery, and PHP. Videos are sorted by topic, so it’s easy to find exactly what you want to learn, and they all have good ratings from users. Many of their videos are a bit on the longer side (in the range of 10-15 minutes), but it helps them keep the playlists relatively short.

Google Developers

Like the majority of other web dev channels, Google Developers offers some lessons and tutorials on web development topics. However, their real focus is on product reviews, recorded talks from tech experts at Google events, and current industry news.

LearnWebCode

Designers can come here to learn about responsive design and Wordpress themes, while developers may be more interested in the videos on CSS, HTML, and JavaScript/jQuery. It isn’t the largest channel, but their videos are pleasantly simple and easy to understand—which is a definite perk when you’re trying to teach yourself.

phpacademy

As the title implies, this channel is all about PHP. Often, when channels focus on only one thing, they’re able to get a lot deeper into the subject, so if you’re looking for specialized PHP instruction, this is a good place to get it.

WebDevMentors

This channel narrows its focus more than some of the others, but it’s a great place to go for specialized learning. Visit WDM for one of three things: beginner Python tutorials, beginner Java tutorials, or Bootstrap 3 tutorials.

LevelUpTuts

Treat your web development skills like a video game and watch these tutorials to “level up.” Creators Scott Tolinski and Ben Schaff have a lot of great tutorials on topics not seen too often on other channels like Meteor, Sass, Stylus, Polymer 1.0, and others.

thenewboston

One of the most popular web dev channels out there, with nearly one million subscribers. View tutorials on C, C++, Java, JS, HTML, Python, PHP, Bootstrap, app development, and even more...there’s so much to learn!

If you get sick of YouTube but not sick of learning how to code for free, check out this list of other great resources to explore. Whether you’re a visual, verbal, or kinesthetic learner, there are websites out there for you that can help you professionalize as a self-taught developer.