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free web information
Web address www.w3schools.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Web Development Portal
Registration Required for forum
Owner Refsnes Data
Created by Refsnes Data
Launched 1999
Current status Active

W3Schools is a web developer information website, with tutorials and references relating to web development topics such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, SQL, and JQuery. The site provides a reference manual covering many aspects of web programming.

The site derives its name from the abbreviation for the World Wide Web; W3 is a numeronym of WWW. W3Schools is not affiliated with the W3C.[1]

It is created and owned by Refsnes Data, a Norwegian family-owned software development and consulting company.[2]

W3schools presents thousands of code examples. By using the online editor provided, readers can edit the examples and execute the code experimentally.


Despite the controversy and criticism that W3Schools has faced, their popularity remains large.[citation needed] The site is praised by many developers for a range of reasons; it contains a tutorial in almost every single web language and it is claimed[by whom?] that these tutorials and interactive and extremely easy for people to follow.[3] W3Schools is constantly being praised[by whom?] as a perfect site for beginners, especially with regards to the development of HTML and use of CSS. Although it is criticised for its simplicity,[by whom?] many beginners prefer this as they say this makes programming a lot easier for them to understand, compared to other sites which contain lots of complicated jargon.[4]


W3Schools has been praised[by whom?] as an effective site for beginners, especially for developing HTML and CSS fluency. W3Schools has been criticized[by whom?] for its simplicity, though many beginners prefer its straight-forward language to the complicated jargon used on many other sites. W3Schools uses simple explanations to introduce the code and illustrate how to use it, which makes searching for problems more straight-forward. W3Schools does not go into a great detail in tutorials, thus making it easier to learn coding languages quickly. The site starts from the most basic level, guiding the user's understanding of development tools and how they work. Some beginning users have compared the site's tutorials to lessons taught in programming classes at the college level.

Some of the features which W3schools is praised for[by whom?] are the ‘try it’ and ‘example' features which allow the user to learn via experimentation. The user is able to tweak code to see what works and what does not before implementing the code. Another feature, ‘test code’, enables the user to see instant results, saving time compared to loading a separate program like Visual Studio. A final feature which beginners love[citation needed] is the pop quiz feature, which allows them to test their knowledge and learn more efficiently.[5]


  • W3Schools has had over 35 million visits to the site every month [6]
  • It is one of the largest web development sites on the internet [6]
  • 1.5 billion pages read in the last year [6]
  • Ranked 132nd most visited site on the Alexa Traffic Rank [7]


Country Percentage of visitors
USA 21.7%
India 20.8%
UK 4.1%
Germany 2.9%
France 2.7%


Social Media[edit]


W3Schools created their YouTube channel on the 26th August 2014, and their videos have had over 27,283 views as of October 2014. The channel is a way for them to interact with users on a different social platform. The channel currently has 25 videos which are based on the styling language: CSS; videos include text, images and border tutorials. W3Schools also respond to YouTube comments on their videos. [8]



An unaffiliated site, W3Fools, was created to criticise W3Schools and as a message for web designers to not use W3Schools.[9] The site aknowleges that it is good for an elementary introduction saying "For many beginners, W3Schools has structured tutorials and playgrounds that offer a decent learning experience", but for anything more advanced recommends web designers to use resources such as the Mozilla Developer Network and the W3C-supported Web Platform Docs.[9] .

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dorward, David (14 Jan 2010). "Re: Problems with w3schools.org". W3C mailing list. Retrieved 2015-01-15. 
  2. ^ Quotation: "Hege, Ståle and Jan Egil Refsnes". Source: "About Refsnes Data"—copies of the article at: W3Schools (Web Archive) · HowPHP (WebCite). Last checked: 11 May 2010.
  3. ^ "An Ode To W3Schools". 
  4. ^ "Is W3Schools a good site to learn from?". 
  5. ^ "W3schools reviews". SiteJabber. 
  6. ^ a b c "About Pageviews". W3Schools. 
  7. ^ a b "w3schools.com Site Overview". Alexa. 
  8. ^ "w3schools.com - YouTube". 
  9. ^ a b W3Fools

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