A College Education in Website Design – How to Learn More for Less
With the internet being what it is today there is a need for people who know how to build a website. A college education in website design is in high demand.
Many colleges and universities are offering courses in website design, SEO (Search Engine Optimization), keyword research, and many other aspects needed for the creation of a fully functional website.
However there are a few drawbacks in taking these college courses that many who want to learn do not know about or even consider before signing up.
In this post I will point out these drawbacks, as well as give you a legitimate alternative that will produce better results. This alternative training course will teach you how to learn more for less money than all of the colleges or universities can provide.
If you wanted to learn how to test a video game, would you seek the knowledge from a video game player who claims to know the techniques for testing a video game? Or would you get your knowledge from an actual video game tester that makes $50,000 per year testing games for a game company?
If you wanted to learn how to eat right and stay healthy, would you seek the knowledge of someone who has read a lot of books and articles on proper nutrition? Or would you seek the knowledge of a nutritionist who lives the life they preach?
Well the same is true for website creation and building an online business. Would you rather learn from a teacher that is teaching techniques that are a couple of years old or would you like to learn from someone who practices this everyday with the most updated techniques and is having success?
Unfortunately there are drawbacks to learning how to build a successful website and online business from a college or university. They teach based on industry standards that are somewhat outdated. You are probably wondering, how can they be outdated?
The simple reason is that SEO and the use of keywords have evolved over the months and years and what was standard operating procedure a couple of years ago is outdated now. Google is always updating their algorithms for better SEO and user experiences.
Plus going to college cost a lot of money and learning a technique that is somewhat outdated seems counterproductive to me. What about you? How would you feel if what you learned in college was outdated by the time you graduated?
Talk about a waste of money and time. I know that would annoy me to no end. Well fortunately there is a legitimate alternative that offers way more for less money. You have the chance to learn everything about starting an internet business for at most $49 per month or $495 per year.
If you want to learn the latest keyword research, SEO, SMM (Social Media Marketing), and how to build a website for less time and money, keep reading and I will tell you. Heck I will show you! What about learning how to turn that website into a money making website? Would you like to learn that too?
The majority of colleges will not even teach you this without you taking another course and spending more money. But this alternative training will teach you all of this and more for less time and money from people who do it every day.
Like I asked to you in the beginning of this post, why would you rather learn from someone who teaches a particular skill from years old techniques than learn from someone who actually performs this skill every day?
I love to cook and I’m really good at it, but if you want to know how to be a chef you should ask a chef and not me. So let me introduce you to this awesome training program designed, taught, and supported by those who practice website creation, keyword research, SEO and internet marketing every single day.
Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership
Let me first start off by saying I am a Wealthy Affiliate member and I have been for almost 3 years now. This has truly been the best educational experience I have ever had! I have learned way more in a shorter period of time and for less money than my friend who is attending a local community college (Bergen Community College – BCC) in New Jersey.
I now have 3 fully functional WordPress websites and I make money from all three of them. My friend is still in the process of building his first WordPress website and he has no knowledge of how to monetize it to make money. I am also engaged in Social Media Marketing.
Though he may know how to program his website he is still lacking in the knowledge about how to turn it into his own online business. He says that he would have to take an additional course in internet marketing for that. That is totally a waste of time and money when you can learn everything you need to know for $495 per year.
Yes, you read that right! I said you can learn everything you need to know and get even more benefits than any college can ever offer for $495 per year. Plus this training continues to be updated and students can even offer their own training. How is that possible?
By joining the Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership. With this membership you will not only get the knowledge on how to build a WordPress website without programming it using the exclusive Site Rubix website builder, but you will also get training in the latest and most up to date keyword research and SEO techniques.
You will also have access to many different website creation resources such as a free keyword research tool, over 2,000 free website theme templates, over 33,000 free plugins, free unlimited website high speed hosting, 24/7 tech support and much more.
Also included with the Premium Membership you will get unmatched training in not only website creation but how you can make money from your websites and blogs.
You will have access to 5 Certification Courses consisting of a total of 50 different task based lessons, 13 virtual classrooms, 7 Affiliate Bootcamp Courses consisting of a total 70 lessons on the different forms of internet marketing, and live weekly video training.
There is so much more that is available to a Wealthy Affiliate Premium Member, too much to list it all here. To see everything that is available, please see the Premium Membership link on my Wealthy Affiliate Review page for more details.
A price and education comparison
Let me show you what BCC is offering in 2015 for a certificate in website design that does not even include ways to make money from your website creation.
Certificate in Web Design
To earn the Web Design Certificate, you must satisfactorily complete the following courses, using Adobe CS 6 software:
CC 362 Creating Your Own Web Page 6 hours $165
CC 628 Professional HTML & CSS 21 hours $450
CC 451 Dreamweaver 21 hours $450
CC 455 PhotoShop for the Web 21 hours $450
CC 441 Flash 21 hours $450
90 hours $1,965
Are you kidding me? They (BCC) wants to charge you a total of $1,965 for an online course to JUST learn how to design a website. There is NO training on how to do Keyword Research, SEO, how to write effective Content, how to use Images, Videos and Pictures, or even how to make money and market your website.
Why would you spend all of that money when you can learn so much more for $1,470 LESS? Plus you will learn from people who practice this form of website creation and marketing every single day! There is also an added bonus to this inexpensive alternative training.
You DO NOT need to learn how to program to build an effective and fully functional website, all of the programming is done automatically and within 30 seconds as is shown in the video on my Getting Started page. What do you think of this website? Do you like how it turned out?
I created this entire website all by myself without knowing a single line of programming code because I used an automated website builder which is included with my Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership.
Plus I get free high speed hosting, 24/7 tech support, automatic daily backups, top of the line internet marketing training, and so much more for only $495 per year. This is the price it was when I started and it is the same price today.
Do the math! You can spend $1,965 for 90 hours of online training from BCC to learn how to program and build your website from techniques that are mostly outdated or you can spend $495 for 8,765 hours (= 1 year) of online training plus everything else Premium offers.
It is a No-Brainer
Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership can offer you so much more for so little money that no other college online or in-classroom course could ever dream about giving you. Don’t just take my word for it. Read what other Wealthy Affiliate Premium Members are saying about their decision and experiences with becoming a Premium Member by reading their comments at this 2014 review link.
If you want to experience the BEST ONLINE TRAINING in website development and ways that you can make money from your website, you can join for free by clicking the Wealthy Affiliate University banner above and right! Take the first 10 lessons for free and if you like what you experience, you can then upgrade to Premium. You have nothing to lose but so much to gain! If you have any questions on this post, please leave them below.https://legitimatejobfromhome.com/a-college-education-in-website-design-how-to-learn-more-for-less/https://legitimatejobfromhome.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Online-Certification-Course.jpghttps://legitimatejobfromhome.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Online-Certification-Course-300x300.jpg2014 & 2015ReviewsSEO,the wealthy affiliate review,website creation,wordpress
To all that read this post: Robert is 100% correct. I joined WA about 6 months ago and have two fully functional websites. I knew ABOSULTELY NOTHING when I joined and yet WA has managed to teach me EVERYTHING NECESSARY TO SUCCEED! I would also like to point out that new courses and tutorials are added regularly plus there’s always a live video course added weekly. When someone earns their college degree, the learning unfortunately ends. And in this ever-changing online business world, that simply won’t do. Thanks, Robert for this very insightful post.
You are welcome Denise and very good point about the video courses added every week. It is true that after the college course ends the education stops until you pay more money in the thousands for more somewhat outdated information. At Wealthy Affiliate once you complete the Certification Courses there is still other training you can take in addition to the live weekly training classrooms. Plus all of this added training is free! It is all part of the Premium membership.
Hello Robert, good written piece, I did a lot of stuff in my life, so you can say I am an expert in failure, but what I came across on Wealthy Affiliate, exceeded my all expectations, it’s a REAL community, with REAL people, REAL helpfull people, and the lessons are top, all step by step video’s, so everyone can do this course, you just stop the video, and do a chore, and go on again, super! Greetings Loes
Thank you Loes. I am happy you liked my post. I too experienced some forms of online failure before finding Wealthy Affiliate. I for the longest time wanted to build my own website and was thinking of taking an online college course like my friend did with the example comparison I used in this post. But then I found Wealthy Affiliate and saw how much they were offering and for a lower price I figured it was well worth it. So I became a premium member and what a successful decision that was. I am now making money from my websites and I have three of them.
After just two weeks of learning online here at Wealthy Affiliate, I have a website running, I know how to maximize my content to draw traffic and I’ve seen steady growth in hits almost daily. I’m pleased with my design and it’s scalable for any number of posts. For the money, this one is a no-brainer.
I feel the same way Don. I have accomplished so much in such a short period of time and have more knowledge in how to run an online business with a website I can build all by myself than the majority of people who take a similar course in college. Within a year’s time here at Wealthy Affiliate I have built 3 websites and I am making money online. All of this for just $359, you can’t beat that anywhere!
Hey Robert. You did an awesome job of laying this all out for me. After doing some research of these “college courses” of my own, I’ve found that even your comparison of BCC is on the low end of costs. This truly is a no – brainer! Thanks again for the great article..
Yes Jeremy there are even more expensive college courses than the one I mentioned. I only used that one because it is the one my friend is taking at a local community college. But regardless, college courses offer less education for more money in website design. To me that is just so wrong especially since I know way more, achieved way more and did so in way less time than my friend taking the college course and I did it by spending about $1,600 less. Wealthy Affiliate Premium is the best training on the planet for the money!
Robert, I love all of your articles. But this one really hits the nail on the head. Many people only go to college because they feel pressure from family and peers and society in general, with the feeling that if they don’t have a college degree in something, they will never amount to anything.
Thank you for your comment Joanna. I know so many successful CEOs in the high tech industries that never went to college before becoming a CEO. I know some of them who did go after they became successful but there is no real reason to go to college for certain forms of careers, especially when it comes to website design. The cost is another issue. Why would you spend so much money to learn so little? There are so many college graduates that are now in debt up to their eyeballs and are not working in the field they majored in. That is a total shame.
Great article Robert. I like the way that you compared what you get at Wealthy Affiliate with a college program and with the program you wrote about you only get the very bare basics. I’m a Wealthy Affiliate Premium Member as well. I started in April of this year just a little over 3 months ago and I have 2 functioning website now and I had absolutely no knowledge or how to build a website much less of how to earn money from it. I really like the way that you included the comments of others who are Wealthy Affiliate Premium members in the link that you included. If I wasn’t already a Wealthy Affiliate member this article would have convinced me to take a long hard look at them.
Thank you Donald and yes, being a member of Wealthy Affiliate gives GREAT advantages for all of its members because not only do you get the most up-to-date and easy training on how to build a WordPress website along with the latest techniques in SEO (Search Engine Optimization) but you get Live Video Training Classrooms every Friday night. I also like that all training, including the weekly Live Training, is archived and can be taken and viewed at any time and as many times as you want at no extra cost! Then there is the 24/7 support that is always available should you need it for ANYTHING! – You cannot get any of these great perks and training from ANY college or university in the world! So why would anyone want to pay more money for less of an education? Not me, not you, and not the 190,000+ members of Wealthy Affiliate.
Great article , Robert.
Thanks Julian. BCC or any college and university cannot even come close to offering the value of what the Wealthy Affiliate premium program offers for the same cost.
Ha! That BCC course is a joke! I can vouch for Wealthy Affiliate 100%! I doubt there is any greater value in the world re: building a website and learning online biz as you find at WA. Fantastic post 🙂
Yes Steve, that BCC college course is a total joke considering what you have to pay and what you get back in return. Whereas Wealthy Affiliate offers way more for less money. Way more up to date SEO training, way more website building resources, way more training in other areas of marketing that aren’t even covered in the BCC course, and way more effective knowledge in succeeding on the internet which is also not provided by the BCC course.
I challenge ANY College or University to even match what Wealthy Affiliate can offer for the same price. Guess what? This is a challenge I know can never be met because these schools of higher education are more about making money than providing quality education.
This article confirms what I have always believed. Those who cannot do, teach in Universities. While that may not be true for all subjects (there are always exceptions) but in this particular industry, you can learn from those who do for a much lower price.
Like I said in my post Steve, if you want to learn how to eat right and stay healthy, are you going to ask someone who has read a lot of books on the subject or ask a licensed nutritionist? The majority of business teachers (and in this case online business) have never actually worked in a successful business if one at all. How can you effectively teach a technique like website design and SEO which changes and upgrades yearly if you do not practice it everyday? Plus with the stupidly high cost of an education in college these days, you do not get anywhere close to the value you pay for. To me that is a waste of time and money. Whereas the Wealthy Affiliate Premium membership is not only cost effective but also up to date.
Education really must be given a high value in our society, and in any age bracket. I totally agree in learning/educating yourself through a person who lives the life they preach. And to how you spend your hard earned money wisely for an education.
This era of ours has been a lot of fast paced transitions, and the changes in technology is so overwhelmingly fast that we need to adjust from time to time. Thus a need for a flexible curriculum that adapts itself from this fast paced high tech world that we live in.
Thank you so much for this very informative article!
A blessed day to you!
Thank you Bernie for your comment and I agree today’s society is so fast paced and changes in technology happen so fast. Like I have mentioned in another one of my posts, that today almost everyone has a smartphone but 8 years ago there was no such thing as an iPhone or Android. The same is true with website design. A few years ago you had to know how to program to build a website and now thanks to easy website builders like Site Rubix, you can have a fully functional WordPress website up and running in less than a minute with no programming experience needed. Plus with the education offered at Wealthy Affiliate and the free hosting, it’s easy to see how the WA Premium membership offers way more bang-for-your-buck when it comes to website design than any college or university could ever dream of doing.
I am already a member, but if I wasn’t I’d be sold. I love the way you break it down. Awesome job, keep up the good work
As time goes by I am finding more and more people who have started their own online business that are members of Wealthy Affiliate. This just proves to the high quality and legitimacy of their training program. I sort of feel sorry for those who take the traditional route of going to an expensive college to learn out-dated techniques and at the same time put themselves into financial debt. The training here, as you know, is VERY MUCH worth the money and go way above and beyond anything that you could ever hope for in website design education. – Thank you for your comment Alice.
I am already a Wealthy Affiliate member or you would have me sold. Great description, and everything you say I can attest to. I have been a member for two weeks now and have already learned so much. The support of the teachers and the more experienced students is amazing. I went through another program to get the the academic version of internet marketing, but after completing 6 certifications I did not know what to do with it. With Wealthy Affiliate I am building a website from day one that will create a business for me. I should have just started here, but I didn’t know what I needed. We don’t know what we don’t know. But this is one program that knocks your socks off. And you can start out free! Sorry to go on and on, but as you can tell, I feel very fortunate that I found W.A.
Like I’ve said in my blog post Shell, the training that Wealthy Affiliate offers in website design goes way above and beyond anything that any college can even hope to provide. What you learn in college nowadays as far as website design is out-dated. Techniques such as SEO (Search Engine Optimization) are changing every year and the only way colleges can keep up would be to change their courses accordingly. Obviously they can’t do that for multiple reasons so that makes much of what they teach on the subject out-dated. But when you learn from those who teach at Wealthy Affiliate you are learning from people who not only teach but also work the exact process they teach every single day and they are constantly updating their training as they go.
So would a person who wants to learn how to correctly build a website and learn SEO and internet marketing get that old training from a college by spending thousands of dollars or get more up-to-date training from Wealthy Affiliate for only $359? I think it’s pretty obvious that Wealthy Affiliate has way more to offer the student than any college could ever dream about and for way less money.
I love the way you have explained this. Really a great post.
Thank you Lacy. It really is a simple comparison when you take into account everything that you get for the price of Premium Membership at Wealthy Affiliate and what you get at every college I have ever seen in what they offer. You get way more here at WA for less money.
College education fee is exorbitantly crazy! Sometimes, I don’t even know if we are paying for a pretty certificate to be hung on the wall and boost our parent’s pride or are we truly getting the practicality of the real world? I have seen a lot of people with less shinny qualification but excel far better than us who slog in the 9-5 routine. If I’ve known of a cheaper and more efficient alternative in my younger days, I would have dived for it.
What people pay for a college education nowadays is a total waste of money in my opinion. I know many people who have paid and put themselves into deep financial debt and have not been able to pay off their student loans whether they have a job in their profession or not. The example I used in this blog post is proof that a college education in website design is highly overpriced and under value. As far as what is taught, the quality, and depth of the information in college, you will get way more up-to-date quality training at Wealthy Affiliate from people who work this type of knowledge everyday. Those who teach in college are not those who practice what they teach so most times what they are teaching is outdated. This is one of the reasons why I say it is a waste of money. – Thank you for your comment Cathy.
Great blog and oh so true!
Thank you John. Yes there is no better education in website design and how to use keywords and do SEO than what the Wealthy Affiliate Premium Membership provides.
Thank you Pio. I’ve tried to keep the website as organized as possible by first picking a simple yet colorful website theme that allows me to use Feature images on my Home Page. As you probably have figured out by now, I like a website that is visually appealing when at all possible. I’m glad my website has inspired you.