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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 2000
Alexa rank
222 (January 2016)[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, BootStrap, 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.

Social Media[edit]


W3Schools created a YouTube channel on the 26th August 2014. Videos on the channel have had approximately 306,000 views as of February 2016. 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.


An unaffiliated site, W3Fools, was created to criticize W3Schools and as a message for experienced web designers to not use W3Schools.[4] W3Fools acknowledges that W3Schools is good for beginners, saying "W3Schools has structured tutorials and playgrounds that offer a decent learning experience", but for more advanced levels it recommends using resources such as the Mozilla Developer Network and the W3C-supported Web Platform Docs.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "W3schools.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  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 W3Fools

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