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Web Design Learning Tool

Published 01/10/2012 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Treehouse assists web design and development companies and individuals with expanding their professional horizons. Users can visit the website and watch videos on design, development and iOS applications. The user takes tests to see how much they have learned and to unlock badges. Users can show off their badges as proof of their knowledge and understanding. The site offers a library of videos and tests. Users can also search for specific topics. Project videos are also available to guide the user through the entire site and app building process from start to finish. Treehouse badges can be shared using a link provided by the site. Users can start from the beginning with intro videos and progress through or jump right to a specific video and take the quiz to prove their understanding of the material.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Treehouse was founded in 2010 by Ryan Carson. The application has already shown a great deal of promise as both a learning tool and measurement for professionals. Earning badges makes the process more competitive and entertaining without diminishing the educational value of each video lesson. The application has also turned a few big name heads, including Disney and Estee Lauder. The site continues to expand its offerings by adding new video material, tests and badges.

What are the differences to other apps?

Treehouse gives professionals a legitimate way to expand their knowledge and prove what they know. The user can gain valuable information and instruction by viewing the video lessons offered by Treehouse. Users can grow their service offerings by learning on their own at a price that is much lower than an official course would be. Badges also give users a way to measure progress and validate what they claim they know.

How does the web app look and feel to use?

Treehouse has a very welcoming feel, starting with its soft color scheme and stylish badges. Each badge features an upbeat color scheme and sleek emblem or logo that proudly display what the user earned to unlock the badge. The site has a highly modern feel to it that allows the user to move easily from one area to the next. Part of the beauty is in the small details, such as the color inversion that occurs when the user mouses over the logo.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can create a Treehouse account by clicking the blue “Sign Up” button in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The next page asks the user to select their preferred membership plan before continuing. The registration form asks the user to provide a first and last name, email address, password, company name and desired Treehouse URL. A check box is available at the bottom of the form for users who are looking for work. The bottom of the form asks the user for their billing information. The user will be charged as soon as they submit the form.

What does it cost to use the application?

Treehouse offers two individual account options. The first is the Silver account which costs $25 per month and includes unlimited access to the video course library and closed captions on all videos for non-English speakers and the deaf. The Gold plan costs $49 per month and includes access to 114 conference videos from Future of Web Design and Future of Web Apps conferences as well as complete project videos. Company plans are also available.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Treehouse is intended for website and application developers and designers who want to improve their knowledge and show what they know. The application serves two major purposes. The first is giving users an inexpensive way to expand their knowledge and service offerings. The second is to provide users with an effective way to prove that they know what they tell clients and colleagues they know.

  • Users can watch instructional videos to learn how to offer more services to clients
  • Complete project videos show users every step of a project
  • Tests help users measure what they know and unlock badges
  • Badges can be shared with others using a link provided by Treehouse
  • Two membership options allow users to fit Treehouse into their budget

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Treehouse pricing

Cheapest plan (per month) : $25.00
Most expensive plan (per month) : $49.00




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