When comparing Platzi vs W3Schools, the Slant community recommends W3Schools for most people. In the question“What are the best websites to learn to code?” W3Schools is ranked 23rd while Platzi is ranked 28th.
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Pro Focuses on skill development
Platzi designs their courses in a way that will teach you tangible skills and encourages you to apply them right from the start.
Pro High course adherence
By focusing on teaching tangible skills, Platzi has a 70% adherence rate to their courses compared to the 20% of other online courses.
Pro Live streaming classes
Pro Courses taught by industry leaders
Platzi has a few courses available taught by well known industry leaders such as Y Combinator President Sam Altman.
Pro Great source to Google
Pro Easy to learn
All the tutorials are written in a straightforward and easy to understand way.
Pro Built in editor
Almost every example has a "try it yourself" button which opens up an editor in a new tab. It allows you to play with the example code and see how it works.
Pro Well organized tutorials
All of the lessons are separated into their own pages, which makes it easy to learn about specific concepts.
Con Many courses are only offered in Spanish
Platzi originally launched as Mejorando.la, an educational resource offering all courses in Spanish. They have since rebranded and now offer courses in both English and Spanish, however their English courses are currently still limited.
Con Outdated practices / problem solutions
The practices that are shown to solve the problems at hand are rarely, if at all, updated. Usually, their tutorials and learning material is updated only after they see their profits drop.
Con Doesn't care about teaching right
There are multiple errors in the data they show. Although the solutions they show work, they will lead to unmaintainable code. That happens even when the maintainable code alternatives are as easy or accessible to new programmers as the alternatives.
Con Certifications not recognized
Many professionals in IT agree that w3s certifications are not recognized by them and are deemed useless. Good luck finding any respectable professional that accepts a w3s certification.
Con Written tutorials only
While many learning resources offer a mixture of media in their courses (such as videos, challenges etc.), w3schools offers only written tutorials and code editors. This makes w3schools more beneficial as a quick reference rather than a primary learning resource.
Con It is for profit
What defines what goes is and what gets fixed on w3schools is what gives them profit and what doesn't (through their ads system).