The Web Development industry is ever changing and as a developer it is important to stay ahead of the game. Every day holds a different opportunity to learn and develop, it’s what you do to develop your skills and experience that is important. You could be the best, most experienced web developer in the world or just starting out. Where ever you are in your web developing career, to grow you have to continually strive to optimise your skills. We’ve put together 5 great tips to follow that are sure to improve your web development skills. Check them out. 1. Code Regularly Just like any skill, by practising everyday you’ll improve. And coding is no different, the more you practice on a daily basis the better you will become. In doing this you will pick up on mistakes more easily as well as improving on your typing skills. And while your practicing writing code anyway it wouldn’t hurt to get to know your favourite code editor in more detail. Learning shortcuts would save you more time in the long run and try using it without relying on your mouse or trackpad. Getting to know all the features within your main tool will enable you to become more proactive. You’ll be amazed with the results. 2. Get Involved with Open-Source Projects Immerse yourself in code with open-source projects from places like GitHub. Open Source projects such as GitHub allows you to choose to fork an existing project and create your iteration of it. You can also assist with existing projects where you can offer your skills and experience to help get the project to its final stages or fix minor bugs to improve a projects stability. Open-source projects have many options for you to choose from, options that lead to gaining a better understanding of code. It also allows you to learn code from others who might show you different ways of doing things. And on top of all these great reasons why you should use open-source projects here’s another one. You get to collaborate with others on some great and exciting projects which if anything else gives you another pair of eyes on your code. 3. Pass on your Knowledge You may not see yourself as a writer but believe it or not writing is a great way in which you can continue to learn. Writing about code of course, you can teach people of your knowledge through blogs for example. Not only is writing blogs a good way to continue learning but it also increases your visibility and positions you as an expert within the web developing field. 4. Learn Something New The web has an abundance of knowledge at your fingertips. There is no shortage of great tutorials in which web developers can learn and expand their knowledge. Staying within your comfort is a danger in the web development industry. Trends are continuously changing and adapting and you have to do the same. Learn something new. If you are a WordPress theme developer for example, you could try creating a plugin. A software developer maybe working with apps? You could give mobile app development a try. We understand that dabbling in tutorials here and there won’t transform you into a master but it does follow the principle of being immersed in code on a daily basis. Never a bad thing. 5. Take Breaks Coding every day is hard work, it’s important to take yourself out with the world of coding now and again, a few breaks to recuperate. It’s beneficial to be proactive of course but it’s just as beneficial to spend time not producing anything. Sometimes this can end up being more productive. Working constantly isn’t good. It can not only affect your health but affect your quality of work. Resulting or what may result in sloppy code, missed deadlines, and more importantly missed opportunities. If you work too hard you run the risk of burning yourself out leading to stress which can ultimately lead to your inability to think clearly or to solve problems. This is why it is essential to take regular breaks, some downtime to gather your thoughts. 6. The Code you Write Has a Purpose Knowing what the purpose is in advance will optimise your efforts. Don’t be afraid to stand up to the marketers and ensure that your technical parameters find a place in defining the purpose. Within the web developing industry you have to remember that languages come and go. Although this is a good reason to learn about as many languages and trends as possible, you’ll become a lot better at code if you spent more time mastering the fundamentals. Many new trends come on the scene weekly if not daily but the truth is the basic fundamentals never change. Make yourself more familiar with the underlying architecture and once you’ve mastered that learning a new language becomes a lot easier.