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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
Alexa rank
positive decrease184 (March 2015)[1]
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.[2]

It is created and owned by Refsnes Data, a Norwegian family-owned software development and consulting company.[3]

W3Schools presents thousands of code examples. By using the online editor provided, readers can edit the examples and execute the code experimentally.


  • W3Schools has had over 35 million visits to the site every month [4]
  • It is one of the largest web development sites on the internet [4]
  • 1.5 billion pages read in the last year [4]
  • Ranked 185th most visited site on the Alexa Traffic Rank [5]


Country Percentage of visitors
India 26.5%
USA 24.4%
UK 3.0%
Brazil 2.9%
Turkey 2.4%


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. [6]


An unaffiliated site, W3Fools, was created to criticise W3Schools and as a message for web designers to not use W3Schools.[7] The site acknowledges 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.[7] .

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "W3schools.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ Dorward, David (14 Jan 2010). "Re: Problems with w3schools.org". W3C mailing list. Retrieved 2015-01-15. 
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b c "About Pageviews". W3Schools. 
  5. ^ a b "w3schools.com Site Overview". Alexa. 
  6. ^ "w3schools.com - YouTube". 
  7. ^ a b W3Fools

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