• Course Catalog: 4/5
  • Career Path: 5/5
  • Ease of Use: 5/5
  • Pricing: 5/5
  • Customer Support: 3/5
  • Customer Satisfaction: 4/5

2022's Codecademy Review of Courses, Features & More

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  • Course Catalog: 4/5
  • Career Path: 5/5
  • Ease of Use: 5/5
  • Pricing: 5/5
  • Customer Support: 3/5
  • Customer Satisfaction: 4/5

Best For

Those looking to get into coding but don’t know where to start

STRENGTHS

  • Intuitive user interface
  • Simple lessons
  • Interactive learning
  • Reasonable pricing

WEAKNESSES

  • Some courses may be too basic
  • Unresponsive customer support

If you’re looking to get into coding but don’t know where to start, Codecademy may be the stepping stone you’re looking for!

In this Codecademy review, I will relate all the relevant details needed for you to decide whether it’s the right choice for yourself.

You’ll read about:

  • What Codecademy is and how it works
  • Main features
  • Ease of use
  • Pricing
  • Ease of signup
  • Customer support
  • Alternatives
  • FAQs

So, let’s get going!

What Is Codecademy and How Does It Work?

Codecademy is an interactive online code-learning platform established in 2011 by Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski. It’s designed for those without a bit of coding knowledge and those looking to expand it. As such, it offers everything you need to get started, from courses you can create as you like to Career Paths that comprise what’s needed for someone to learn to pursue a career in technology. Apart from the pool of positive Codecademy reviews, the TIME Magazine award for “50 Best Websites of 2012,” and the TechCrunch award for “Best Education Startup,” its vast learner base of 5+ million users alone is enough to confirm this platform is legit and popular.

Once you go to the Codecademy website, browse through the course catalog or Career Paths, and find what you’re looking for, you can create an account and start learning at your own pace. If you’re unsure where to start, you can take the quiz to discover what course/career is best suited for you. After that, you can take a look at the syllabus, click on a lesson, and start learning—as simple as that!

Main Features

Let’s first see what Codecademy main features are, and later on I’ll explain how does Codecademy work and talk about my personal experience in learning HTML and CSS on Codecademy.

Course Catalog

The course catalog is divided into subjects and languages.

Subjects include:

Data Engineering Web Development Machine Learning Mobile Development Math
Data Analytics Data Science Code Foundations Data Visualization Cloud Computing
IT Computer Science Web Design Interview Prep DevOps
AI Developer Tools Game Development Cybersecurity

The 15 programming languages Codecademy offers are:

HTML & CSS Java C++ Go
C SQL R Swift
JavaScript Bash/Shell C# Kotlin
Python Ruby PHP

Regardless of whether you choose to start by subject or language, you’ll be navigated to a page like this:

HTML&CSS Courses
Source: Review42

As you can see in the image, you have an option to start the course, read related resources and blogs, or pursue a Career Path.

Compared to other online learning platform examples like Udemy, Skillshare, or Pluralsight, some might find Codecademy’s course catalog pretty thin. However, it’s an excellent starting point for beginners in coding, because the extensive catalog of other platforms may often seem overwhelming.

Modul Outline

Once you select a course, you’ll be provided with more details in regards to what the syllabus contains, such as the number of lessons, projects, quizzes, level, certificate, progress, etc.
If you’re now wondering “is Codecademy free,” what I can tell you is that the courses are free to take to learn the foundations and get some basic practice, but the most useful resources for your learning such as quizzes and real-world projects are only available through the paid plans.

Career Paths

Presently, there are 10 Career Paths on Codecademy, given in the table below:

Full-Stack Engineer Front-End Engineer Back-End Engineer Computer Science
Learn Data Analysis for Your Business Data Scientist: Analytics Specialist Learn Full-Stack Engineering for Your Business Data Scientist: Inference Specialist
iOS Developer Data Scientist: Machine Learning Specialist

Career Paths consist of a different number and type of online classes, and they’re all beginner-friendly. Unfortunately, they’re only available through the paid plans, but you can try them out for free via the free-trial. However, unlike other platforms, Codecademy will ask for your credit card details upon signing up, but you’ll be charged only if you forget to cancel your account before the free trial expires.

Codecademy Front-End Engineer Career Path
Source: Review42

Depending on which Career Path you chose, after completing the lessons, you’ll be given a project to work on to test your knowledge, after which you’ll get a certificate of completion. In addition to all this, you’ll get mock questions usually asked during job interviews of the chosen Career Path so you can prepare to nail that job that pays over 500k a year you were dreaming of.

As I found after a lot of digging through the reviews on online review platforms, those who’ve enrolled in Career Paths are divided on the question “can Codecademy get you a job.” Some say the Career Paths are well-directed and all-inclusive, while others say they’re only the tip of the tedious job hunt for new developers. So, it really boils down to personal preferences.

Quiz

If you haven’t decided where to start yet, taking the quiz may be the best starting point. You’ll find it on the Homepage, in the Catalog section, right above the Course selection.

Codecademy Quiz Label
Source: Review42

The quiz consists of a few simple questions, such as “I’d rather…,” ”What sounds like me…,” “When cooking a recipe, I…” and 3 answer options. After you answer the questions to let Codecademy learn more about your personality, skills, and preferences, you’ll be given your result, which includes your strongest skills and jobs you may excel at.

Here’s what I got:

Codecademy personality quiz
Source: Review42

Certifications

Certifications on Codecademy are reserved for the paid plans, which isn’t unusual for an online learning platform. If you’re interested in the Codecademy certificate value, I honestly couldn’t find any information as to whether this certification played a crucial role in a learner’s life. You should also note that no matter how many certificates you have or how valuable they seem, companies will always hire you for your skills and attitude first, and not the certifications you have.

Community

Under the Community section, you’ll find:

  • Forum – where Codecademy students can join and start discussions.
  • Discord – a VoIP app where students can text, audio and video call each other, and more.
  • Chapters – blogs and how-to guides on your most common queries.
  • Events – here, you’ll find all the upcoming events Codecademy is hosting, as well as an archive of past events.
  • Learner Stories – this section features some of the Codecademy learners who shared their personal stories from taking courses and Career Paths on the platform and how it has changed their careers and life.

According to Codecademy reviews, Codecademy students praise the Community feature, as it lets you exchange experiences with other students.

Resources

The Resources section on the homepage includes:

  • Projects

This is in my opinion the most valuable asset on Codecademy, as you get to put into practice everything you’ve learned on the courses. What’s more, you can also feature your project in your portfolio and show it to potential employers, along with a certification you earned from the course and/or Career Path. The only con to the Projects is that they’re only accessible if you subscribe and pay.

  • Interview Challenges

This is a helpful resource for learners who want to be prepared for their new profession in all aspects. We all know how terrifying interviews and tests can be, and having the chance to practice challenges from real-life interviews is a great advantage. And yet, I must admit this resource is limited to Python, JavaScript, and Java, excluding the learners like me who tried themselves in HTML and CSS. However, since this section is still in the beta stage, let’s hope it will be all-learners-inclusive once it’s finalized.

  • Docs

Under the Docs section, you’ll find code-filled documents created by contributors, with the focus on the most popular programming languages and frameworks. The page features the most viewed documents, top contributors, the week’s concept, newly added documents, and a side menu where you can search the docs by topic. I found this page especially useful for revisiting some concepts from the courses I’ve forgotten, and for picking up additional knowledge that wasn’t included in the lessons.

  • Cheatsheets

The Cheatsheets are an excellent shortcut for revisiting forgotten details or refreshing your knowledge about a certain term without digging back through the course lessons.

  • Articles

The Articles section is yet another archive filled with in-depth explanations of the most common questions learners may have. If you find the courses too scarce, as I mentioned some do in the Course Catalog section of this Codecademy review, you may find the Articles section particularly helpful.

  • Videos

If learning through reading isn’t your thing, the Video resource section can provide you with video tutorials on popular topics like “How to create a website,” “How to build a portfolio,” “What does a front-end developer do,” and so on. I was particularly excited to watch video tutorials on coding since I’m more of a visual learner, but my excitement dropped when I noticed there were only 3 videos, all from 3 years ago. In comparison, the sections on interview prep and job explanations were relatively new. I didn’t appreciate this, because as a beginner in coding, I need to learn more about it before I jump to interview preparation.

  • Blog

The learning assortment on Codecademy doesn’t end, as the blog section is another book to read to enhance your coding knowledge. This section covers interesting learner experience, and not necessarily technical topics only.

  • Career Center

The Career Center is the hub for everything career-related. You get access after you pay, and from there, you follow the steps outlined:

1. Choose your career
2. Learn the skills
3. Prepare for the search
4. Land your dream job

Beta Catalog

In the Beta Catalog, you’ll find the content that’s still in the beta stage, i.e that’is still being tested. As Codecademy strives to deliver user-friendly content, it’s only natural the learning platform wants feedback from its customers on what they think should be changed and how the prospective content can be improved before it’s finalized.

Roadmap

This isn’t a spectacular feature per se, but I checked it out for the most curious among you. It features the freshly released content and events available on Codecademy, as well as what the Codecademy team is “cooking up.”

Mobile App

The Codecademy mobile app is available both for iOS and Android devices. However, the free courses are limited, and you only get unlimited access via the paid plans.

Feature Rating
Course Catalog 5/5
Modul Outline 5/5
Beta Catalog 5/5
Career Paths 5/5
Certifications 4/5
Quiz 5/5
Roadmap 4/5
Community 5/5
Resources 4/5
Mobile App 4/5

Ease of Use

To see what the platform really offers and how does Codecademy work, I created a free account. Once you log in to your account, you can go to “My Home” to see your past and current courses, your goals, and your workspaces.

Codecademy My Home Dashboard
Source: Review42

In “My Courses,” you’ll see which course you’re currently enrolled in but haven’t finished yet. The lesson featured, in this case “Setup and Syntax,” is the lesson where you left off, and you can resume it by clicking on the “Resume Learning” button.

Once you enter the lesson, the interface will look similar to the one in the image below. This is the CSS course lesson “Setup and Syntax”:

Learn CSS Codecademy
Source: Review42

In the top navigation bar on the left side (marked in red), you have the options “My Home” to go directly to your profile dashboard, and “Course Menu” to navigate to the courses. On the right side (marked in red) you have the Connection signal that will change according to your Internet connection. You should note coding requires a strong and stable Internet connection, so if you’ve set out to do some real coding, make sure to sign up with a reliable internet provider.

Next, on the left side, you have the lesson content. After reading the explanations supported with examples, you’ll get instructions and a task to test your knowledge acquired in the current lesson. I really liked this, as it allows you to test what you’ve read right away instead of building theory and testing only at the end.

Once you write the code required in the Instructions, you have to hit the “Run” button to get a visual presentation of your code (provided it’s correctly written), as in the page named “Top Vacation Spots.” In the bottom of the image, you’ll see the “Run,” “Copy to Clipboard,” “Reset Workspace,” and “Format Code” buttons, as well as the navigational “Back” and “Next buttons” to browse through the lesson.

Learn CSS - Instruction
Source: Review42

What I noted when learning HTML and CSS with Codecademy is that the editor only accepts the code that’s set as correct in the Instructions. What I mean by this is that if you make an error, the Editor will ask you whether you wrote the code correctly. This helps you learn coding is about the details, and missing a letter or an attribute will result in a bug in the code.

Another thing I tried is to play around and add more code apart from the one asked for in the instructions. The Editor didn’t mark my code as incorrect like it did when I was missing a part of the task code, but it also didn’t consider it at all—it wouldn’t show a visual presentation. So, to save you some time, if you want to learn real-life website coding, download the Visual Studio Code and start building your website from scratch.

How Much Does Codecademy Cost?

Codecademy offers 3 pricing options:

For Individuals

Plan Price Features Best for
Basic  $0
  • Basic courses
  • Limited mobile practice
  • Peer support
Beginners
Pro Lite $14.99/month billed annually
  • Basic and pro courses
  • Members-only content
  • Skill paths
  • Unlimited mobile practice
  • Peer support 
  • Real-world projects
  • Step-by-step guidance
Students who want to learn and try themselves at coding at their own pace and choice
Pro  $19.99/month billed annually Everything from Pro Lite plus Interview prep and Career Paths Students who want to pursue a certain career in coding and learn everything in one place

These plans are suitable for individuals who aren’t sure whether coding is for them so they want to see what it entails. They’re also great for curious minds looking for a profitable hobby.

For Students

Codecademy appreciates the student’s struggle with money, so it offers discounted student membership with access to its tools and interactive courses for just $149.99 a year ($12.5 a month).

For Teams

Codecademy for Enterprise is best for larger teams, as it fills up the gaps in your team’s knowledge and creates a unanimous knowledge base. Team members can take courses, work on projects, and exchange experiences.

There are two Codecademy prices for businesses:

Plan Price Features Best for
Teams $299 per user/year
  • 5–25 members
  • Courses
  • Projects (Basic)
  • Certificates
  • Mobile practice
  • Peer support
  • Account dashboard
  • Progress and usage reporting
  • Learner groups
  • Content assignment

 

Small teams
Enterprise Custom Everything in teams plus

  • Advanced projects
  • Learning path customization
  • Skills benchmarking
  • Reporting API
  • Single sign-on
  • Onboarding
  • LMS and LXP integrations
Larger teams

Ease of Signup

To register a free account on Codecademy, follow these simple steps:

1. Go to the website
2. Enter your email address and password
3. Click on “Sign up”

Codecademy homepage
Source: Review42

4. You’ll get a verification email to confirm it’s you, after which you can choose your course and start learning.

If you’re unsure where to start or whether Codecademy is worth it, go with the free option, as you can always upgrade to the paid plan at a later time.

Customer Support

Under Support, there’s a knowledge base where you can find answers to common queries. However, if you need an answer for something more complex like I did, you can reach Codecademy customer support via the contact form. Unfortunately, I haven’t received an answer to this day, and this is a common complaint among other users as well.

Alternatives

Let’s see how Codecademy compares to its competitors:

Learning platform Win Lose Best for
Coursera

Read our full review

Apart from courses, it also offers degrees More expensive People who want to pursue a degree and not only a course
Skillshare

Read our full review

Option to become a Skillshare teacher The quality of the courses may vary  Individuals willing to learn from expert teachers
Pluralsight Skills Has over 7,000 different courses No free account option, only a 7-day free trial Those looking to sharpen their technical skills

Codecademy isn’t the only online learning platform that offers coding lessons, but it’s one that focuses solely on coding. Another strong advantage is that you learn concepts by discovering. The platform is interactive, so instead of watching videos of someone showing you how to code, you get to try yourself immediately.

Is Codecademy Worth It?

Codecademy is an online learning platform that centers around coding. It offers courses and Career Paths—the first comes with an option to pick and choose to your liking, while the latter is designed to provide you with the relevant skills and knowledge for a certain career path. In my experience, and according to the user reviews, Codecademy is best for those new to coding, because of its user-friendly interface, simple lessons, and interactive tasks that make the learning process easy and memorable.

FAQ

Is Codecademy legit?

Yes, it is. Codecademy is a legitimate online learning platform where you can learn and practice coding at your own pace.

Is Codecademy any good?

In my experience, Codecademy is great for coding newbies. Its simple instructions and interactive lessons make coding look like a piece of cake. However, more than one Codecademy review mentioned it’s not the best choice for advanced coding.

Does Codecademy give certificates?

Yes, Codecademy gives certificates, but only for the paid subscription.

ABOUT AUTHOR

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