FreeCodeCamp’s New Look

I know I haven’t posted in a while but I’m still here! I recently got some work that is not web development related and I’ve also been participating in Inktober and preparing for NaNoWriMo which has made me pretty busy.

I decided to sit down and finish my JavaScript lessons on FreeCodeCamp recently and found I was unable to because the site was not working properly. When I tried again an hour or so later, I realized this was not just a random error and went looking for an explanation. It turns out FreeCodeCamp was overhauling their website and some features were not working (namely, being able to actually log in).

Obviously sites change over time and there is often going to be a point where a new look or functionality is required, and this may include downtime. According to freeCodeCamp, login functionality was unavailable for three days, but I feel like it was a bit longer than that. I am torn between understanding that this is a free resource which relies on donations, and thinking that a platform that teaches web development should be able to facilitate a smoother transition. I did find an article that explains what happened though, and it turns out their lack of funding was ultimately the culprit.

But anyway, the new site. I’ll be honest: I don’t like the way it looks. When I first saw it back when logging in was not working properly, I thought the CSS was just not being applied properly. But no, that’s just how it looks apparently.

I can’t say I’ve ever been in love with how the site looked, but then green is not one of my favorite colors and that was the previous theme. And again: I understand, it’s a free resource. But the old design was better. I feel the font used makes the site look messy somehow. The old design was ‘cleaner’. I think that’s the word I’m looking for.

Ultimately, the content is still there, and they have added a few new lessons. I can only tell because there are now incomplete lessons in the sections I had previously finished.

I’ll continue to use the website of course and it is still an excellent resource even compared to some paid websites. I just can’t believe they somehow managed to make the website look worse than it did before.

2 thoughts on “FreeCodeCamp’s New Look

  1. I was just talking about freeCodeCamp and Codecademy with someone in my new group at Lambda. He uses both, but likes Codecademy more because they have easier-to-follow information about each topic than fCC. I’ve been meaning to work through both, but haven’t had enough downtime to start. We’re dipping our feet into React right now. Some of it has been rough, but I found that I like Styled Components.

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    • My problem with Codecademy is I feel it holds your hand a bit too much. But I only did some of their paid courses during a free trial and maybe some are better than others. I’ve been trying to learn React but I can’t really say I like it so far.


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