Posted November 19, 2019

Here is a list of some of the best and most useful YouTube channels for front-end developers.

Whether you are a beginner, a junior, mid-level or senior front-end developer you’ll find something for you.


YouTube Channel freeCodeCamp

freeCodeCamp is an open-source community of busy people who learn to code and build projects for nonprofits. Their YouTube channel has so much to choose from. Learn Android development, React and APIs, CSS, Docker, Netlify, responsive web design, Graph QL and the list goes on! There’s definitely something for everyone in their tutorials.



YouTube Channel Academind

Academind has lots of different types of development videos which would scratch quite a few itches when it comes to learning something new. Whether you want to have look at Angular tutorials, Vue.js, front-end development content or even data science topics – this is the channel for you.


Fun Fun Function

YouTube Channel Fun Fun Function

A fun, personal and down-to-earth YouTube show about programming. Created and hosted by Mattias Petter Johansson who has been a full-time programmer for around ten years. He’s worked with the likes of Absolut Vodka, Blackberry and Spotify.



YouTube Channel css-tricks

The official YouTube channel for CSS-Tricks created by Chris Coyier. This channel’s videos range from tutorials to discussions about new web technologies. You’ll find plenty of videos about CSS, HTML, JavaScript, and all things related to web design and development.


Wes Bos

YouTube Channel Wes Bos

Wes Bos is a full stack web developer and designer from Hamilton, Canada. He’s been creating the web for 9 years. His videos include tutorials around HTML, CSS, JavaScript and WordPress web development.


Mozilla Developer

YouTube Channel Mozilla Developer

The videos on Mozilla Developer exist to help you with your work as a web designer, web developer, or anything else around making websites or web apps. They talk about web performance, accessibility, new CSS techniques and tips on how to use your dev tools better.


The Net Ninja

YouTube Channel The Net Ninja

The Net Ninja has a lot of free courses on YouTube as well as some premium ones on their own site. Their free courses have a lot to offer such as JavaScript, CSS, Node.js, React, Vue.js, Firebase, HTML & more.



Youtube Channel Codecourse

Codecourse has many free courses on their YouTube channel as well as premium courses on their website. Rather than just teaching the theory, they focus on real code to inspire your next project. They have courses around JavaScript Frameworks such as Vue.js and PHP frameworks like Lavavel.


Quentin Watt Tutorials

YouTube Channel Quentin Watt Tutorials

Quentin, having been coding since 2008, has over a decade of experience to share. He makes short video tutorials aimed at equipping people with the skills they would need to develop their career further. Tutorials are primarily around Vue.js and Laravel.



YouTube Channel LevelUpTuts

Level Up Tutorials was created in 2012 by Scott Tolinski and has 840 free video tutorials for you to follow. Each video provides an in-depth beginner tutorial packed with knowledge you can apply in your own code.



YouTube is rolling out updated terms of service on December 10th, and a new line acts as a reminder that the company doesn’t have to keep any video up that it doesn’t want to.

“YouTube is under no obligation to host or serve content,” the new terms of service policy reads.

It’s another way of saying that just because YouTube is a relatively open platform, it doesn’t mean that the company is required to keep videos up.

YouTube has faced criticism from all sides over its video removal process. Some critics argue that YouTube could do more to take down videos that butt up against the company’s rules but don’t outright violate them; others argue that YouTube ought to be a fully open platform and shouldn’t control what remains up and what doesn’t. Executives have long defended the platform as a champion of free speech, but have started to clamp down on the type of videos allowed to circulate.

Companies update their terms of service all the time — this is YouTube’s third change just in 2019. These latest updates seemingly coincide with upcoming changes YouTube will make in accordance with new Federal Trade Commission guidelines for YouTube, although a YouTube rep denies these changes were made because of the FTC ruling.

Specifically, many of the updates center around who’s using the platform and protection for children. In September, the Federal Trade Commission issued a $170 million fine against Google for alleged violations of the children’s online privacy protection act (COPPA). YouTube also agreed to make changes to further protect children’s privacy and comply with the law.

The terms of service now come with an updated section on parental responsibility when children use the platform, and have more clearly stated the age requirements per country for using YouTube. This also includes a notice stating “if you are a minor in your country, you must always have your parent or guardian’s permission before using the service.”

YouTube said the terms of service are being changed “in order to make them easier to read and to ensure they’re up to date,” a spokesperson told The Verge.

We’re not changing the way our products work, how we collect or process data, or any of your settings,” the spokesperson added.

Other changes just seem to give YouTube more power. One of the most controversial clauses that creators have tweeted about since YouTube began alerting people to the upcoming changes has to do with termination. Various YouTubers have tweeted out a segment from the terms of service that states “YouTube may terminate your access, or your Google account’s access to all or part of the service if YouTube believes, in its sole discretion, that provision of the service to you is no longer commercially viable.” Some creators have read this as saying that YouTube can simply terminate channels and accounts if they’re not earning revenue.

A version of that line has been in YouTube’s terms of service since early 2018, however. This update just modifies the wording to give YouTube more leeway to make the determination. It now says that YouTube has the “sole discretion” to terminate an account, whereas before it said that YouTube must “reasonably believe” it should do so. A YouTube spokesperson told The Verge that the company is “also not changing how we work with creators, nor their rights over their works, or their right to monetize.”

Update (November 11th, 10:05am ET): The story has been updated to include additional comment from YouTube about monetization concerns from creators.


Google launched Ads Data Hub in 2017 to support cross-device campaign measurement across its systems without the use of pixels — YouTube, Google Ads and Display & Video 360.

It has been working with third-party measurement companies to migrate their services into Ads Data Hub. YouTube said Wednesday it expects those migrations to be completed early next year. At that time, it will no longer allow advertisers to use third-party pixels on YouTube.

Ads Data Hub pulls in YouTube campaign data from Google Ads, Display & Video 360 and YouTube and matches it with customer data from CRM, DMP or other sources pulled into Google’s BigQuery data warehouse. It then analyzes and processes that data and feeds insights back to the customer.

Why we should care

Advertisers can continue to work with the third-party measurement companies currently integrating their systems with Ads Data Hub: Nielsen, comScore, DoubleVerify, Dynata, Kantar and Integral Ad Science. Google says this offers independent verification, yet those vendors are still reliant on Google-supplied data for measurement. This has been a frustration for advertisers who have been pushing Google (and Facebook) to support truly independent tracking for measurement and verification.

Pixels, used to set cookies in browsers, have been used for years to track and measure digital advertising performance. However, cookies aren’t effective at measuring performance when users bounce around their various devices, and they don’t work in mobile apps. YouTube says these limitations and lack of privacy controls in many pixels are why it’s moving to its own system.

The launch of Ads Data Hub also raised concerns that it gives Google even more leverage in the ecosystem as advertisers feel pressure to house and analyze their data in the system.

More on the news

  • YouTube says it has invested in infrastructure improvements to Ads Data Hub to make it “faster, easier to use and more reliable.”
  • At the time Google teased the launch of Ads Data Hub it announced it was connecting Search and YouTube data for targeting and measurement.
  • In April 2018, ahead of GDPR, YouTube stopped supporting third-party ad serving, cutting off access to independent firms like AppNexus.
  • In May 2018, Google stopped allowing advertisers and agencies who use its data transfer service to use DoubleClick IDs to measure cross-platform performance, citing privacy concerns.

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Ginny Marvin is Third Door Media’s Editor-in-Chief, managing day-to-day editorial operations across all of our publications. Ginny writes about paid online marketing topics including paid search, paid social, display and retargeting for Search Engine Land, Marketing Land and MarTech Today. With more than 15 years of marketing experience, she has held both in-house and agency management positions. She can be found on Twitter as @ginnymarvin.


YouTube is testing a new Instant Review tool in Google Ads that allows advertisers to reserve ad space on a 120 day-rolling window via an automated process with no minimum spend. The tool is being tested globally by advertisers across multiple industries, including consumer goods, media and entertainment, food and beverage and politics.

Advertisers can use the reserve tool to book campaigns in advance with a fixed budget and forecasted reach.

Why we should care

YouTube’s Instant Reserve tool takes pages from upfront TV ad buys and programmatic guaranteed, giving advertisers the ability to reserve ad space in advance with all of the available targeting capabilities but without having to book campaigns through a sales representative. The tool will be particularly helpful for advertisers that want to plan ahead and run campaigns tied to major events — such as the upcoming U.S. presidential election. YouTube did not release an announcement when the tool was launched, but the Wall Street Journal reports political advertisers, and “hundreds” of other advertisers, were given access to it on September 3.

More on the news

  • Advertisers that use the tool can reserve ad space, but do not have to pay for the ads until they actually run on the platform, according to the Wall Street Journal.
  • An ad buyer for a political campaign told the Wall Street Journal that Google plans to let buyers reserve ad slots via the tool “for the entirety of 2020” starting November 15.
  • YouTube recently launched Video Reach campaigns for all advertisers, allowing brands to upload three different asset types in a single campaign, and brought masthead ads to its TV app.

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changing its verification criteria for channel owners, no longer extending verification based solely on a channel having 100,000 or more subscribers. The change caused an uproar among creators who subsequently lost their verified badge. The following day, YouTube reversed its decision and returned verified badges to creators who had the icon before the latest program updates. The company acknowledged it had “completely missed the mark” when rolling out the new eligibility requirements for verification.

The backstory on YouTube’s verification eligibility updates. On September 19, YouTube announced it was changing the requirements for its verification process. The platform said instead of verifying channels based solely on if the channel had 100,000 or more subscribers, it would focus verification criteria on two principles: authenticity and prominence.

YouTube said the goal was to remove any confusion about what a verification checkmark means and eliminate impersonators: “Every year, we receive tens of thousands of complaints from creators about impersonation. Also, nearly a third of YouTube users told us that they misunderstood the badge’s meaning, associating it with *endorsement of content*, and not an indicator of *identity*.”

The immediate impact on creators. In the original announcement, YouTube said channels that meet the new requirements would not need to apply for verification, and any channels that received the notification they had lost their verification badge as part of the update could submit an appeal to get it back.

The changes did not go without notice among creators who lost their verification badge. The backlash was significant enough that YouTube reversed its decision to take away any verification badges from channels who already had it.

“Channels that already have a verification badge will now keep it and don’t have to appeal,” wrote YouTube in an update posted the day after the original announcement.

New verification rules going forward. From here on out, YouTube said all channels with 100,000 or more subscribers will be able to apply for verification, and that it will continue reviewing channels to ensure they are authentic. YouTube has updated its process for reviewing channels, saying that it will verify channels that meet its “Authentic” requirements and are “Complete” (meaning the channel must be public; have a description, channel icon and content; and be active on YouTube).

If a channel is found not to be inauthentic — or attempting to impersonate someone or a brand — YouTube will not verify the channel and may take action against it.

No new badges for now. YouTube had also announced a new “look” for badges, rolling out an updated verification icon that would be displayed consistently across its platform. The company is postponing the rollout of new badge do to the changes it made since the initial announcement.

Why we should care. Brands and creators who may have lost the verification badge for their YouTube channel should have it back in place, and no longer need to worry about submitting an appeal. It’s also worth noting that when enough of the YouTube community speaks up when platform changes impact their business, YouTube may respond, and quickly. The original updates to the verification program were announced on Thursday — YouTube had reversed its decision and posted an update by 3:00 pm the following day.

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YouTube launched a new way to run video ad campaigns on Monday. The new Video Reach campaigns make it possible for advertiser to upload three different asset types — six-second bumper ads, skippable in-stream ads and non-skippable in-stream ads — in a single campaign. Google will use its machine learning technology to determine the most efficient combination of the ads to maximize audience reach.

“This will allow for optimized, more effective campaigns and free up your time to focus on more strategic priorities that can differentiate your business,” writes Vishal Sharma, VP of product management at YouTube, on the Google Ads Blog.

Advertisers can upload three video ads to a single campaign which is purchased on a CPM-basis. The Video Reach campaigns are available to all advertisers and currently run on YouTube’s desktop and mobile platforms, but YouTube VP Debbie Weinstein said the company will likely extend the campaigns to Google video partners in the future. Weinstein said the new campaigns, “Are about making video advertising easier and simpler.”

Why we should care

By allowing advertisers to upload multiple types of video assets, YouTube’s video reach campaigns takes the guesswork out of creating comprehensive campaigns that utilize a series of ads.

Ford, a brand given early access to the new campaign format, reports it lowered campaign costs by more than 20% compared to their previous YouTube benchmarks.

“The positive results of the Video Reach campaigns not only provided cost efficiencies while maintaining effectiveness, but also the confidence to implement this tactic across additions campaigns,” said Ford’s Head of U.S. Media Lisa Shoder.

More on the news

  • Weinstein said YouTube’s machine learning technology is looking at what consumers are most likely to watch at a given time to determine when to run the varying video ad assets.
  • YouTube made the announcement ahead Advertising Week which kicks off on Monday in New York City.
  • As part of the announcement, YouTube reports it is also planning to bring TrueView for action ads to the YouTube home feed during the fourth quarter of this year.

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eligibility verification requirements for creator and branded channels and has rolled out a new “look” for the program, displaying verified checkmark icons more consistently across YouTube channel pages, in search, and in comments.

Previously, YouTube extended verification to channels with more than 100,000 subscribers, regardless of the channel owner’s proof of authenticity. Under the new rules, YouTube will verify prominent channels based on their authenticity.

YouTube’s verification criteria is now as follows:

  • Authenticity: Does this channel belong to the real creator, artist, public figure or company it claims to represent?
  • Prominence: Does this channel represent a well-known or highly searched creator, artist, public figure or company? Is this channel widely recognized outside of YouTube and have a strong presence online? Is this a popular channel that has a very similar name to many other channels?

The goal of the new program is to eliminate confusion around what a verification checkmark represents: “Through our research, we found that viewers often associated the checkmark with an endorsement of content, not identity.”

Why we should care

YouTube’s new eligibility rules impact marketers managing branded channels and those tasked with evaluating influencers on the platform. For marketers in charge of their company’s YouTube presence, YouTube says channels with large audiences owned by a brand or person widely recognized outside of YouTube and have a strong presence — or have a name that can be confused with another channel on YouTube — are typically verified.

The new verification program could help marketers charged with identifying and building relationships with influencers. A verification checkmark is meant to be seen as an indicator of authenticity rather than simply a high subscriber count.

The new focus on authenticity and prominence means creators must be thoughtful of the content they are producing and their presence on — and off — the platform if they want to be verified. Inauthentic tactics aimed at driving subscriber numbers will no longer benefits a creator as YouTube will not verify a channel based solely on how many followers it has.

There is no mention of the new verification program impacting monetization for creators on the platform.

YouTube said the new verification program applies to all channels and that channel owners will not have to apply: “We will automatically apply the new verified treatment.”

More on the news

  • YouTube’s new checkmark for verified channels will replace the existing music note icon that was previously used by Official Artists on the platform.
  • Prior to the new look for verified channels, the verification checkmark never displayed on mobile channel pages, but will be added soon.
  • YouTube said channels that may have received an email that their channel will no longer be verified with the launch of the new program can submit an appeal.

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letting advertiser buy masthead ads on a CPM basis in February. Prior to that, they were only available on cost-per-day terms.

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YouTube has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and New York attorney general for allegedly violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), according to CNBC. The agreement includes a combined $170 million fine — $136 million to the FTC and $34 million to the New York attorney general — and requires YouTube change data collection on child-directed content on the platform.

“This latest violation is extremely serious. The company baited children using nursery rhymes, cartoons and other kid-directed content on curated YouTube channels to feed its massively profitable behavioral advertising business,” said FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra in a dissenting statement on the settlement.

The charges against YouTube. The FTC and New York attorney general charged YouTube with violating COPPA laws by collecting data on minors without parental consent. YouTube was also accused of claiming it was a leader in reaching children ages 6 to 11 when marketing itself to toy companies like Mattel and Hasbro — while simultaneously telling an advertising company it did not have to comply with COPPA because it didn’t have users younger than 13 years old, according to the CNBC report.

“YouTube touted its popularity with children to prospective corporate clients. Yet when it came to complying with COPPA, the company refused to acknowledge that portions of its platform were clearly directed to kids,” wrote FTC Chairman Joe Simons.

YouTube to modify data collection policies. In addition to the $170 million it has agreed to pay (the largest amount every paid to the FTC for COPPA violations), YouTube is also changing its data collection and ad targeting policies connected to children’s content.

“Starting in about four months, we will treat data from anyone watching children’s content on YouTube as coming from a child, regardless of the age of the user,” wrote YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki on the Official YouTube blog, “This means we’ll will limit data collection and use on videos made for kids only to what is needed to support the operation of the service.”

No more personalized ads on kid videos. Wojcicki said YouTube will also stop serving personalized ads on children’s content “entirely” — meaning children’s content will still be monetized, but ad targeting will be limited to ads that have not been personalized to the viewer based on their specific activity and behavior on the platform.

We asked YouTube for clarification on how ads will be targeted to children’s content going forward. In response, the company sent a link to (and the full copy) of the blog post stating it would stop serving personalized ads, but did not offer any further explanation.

How YouTube will identify children’s content. YouTube is putting the onus on creators to notify the platform if their videos fall into the category of children’s content. The company said it will also use machine learning to identify videos that target children, “For example, those that have an emphasis on kids characters, themes, toys or games.”

Wojcicki said the company is giving creators impacted by the platform updates four months to adjust before the coming changes. “We recognize this won’t be easy for some creators and are committed to working with them through this transition and providing resources to help them better understand these changes,” wrote Wojcicki.

Why we should care. YouTube’s platform changes resulting from this settlement will impact advertisers two-fold. First, limiting the amount of data being collected on anyone watching children’s content means YouTube will have less information on users to target ads.

Also, any marketers or advertisers aiming to reach users viewing children’s content are going to have a harder time implementing highly targeted campaigns as this type of content will no longer include personalized ads. Marketers will have to rely on “non-personalized” signals for ads targeting children’s content, and could potentially see a drop in ad performance and engagement.

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Technology|YouTube Said to Be Fined Up to $200 Million for Children’s Privacy Violations


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The Federal Trade Commission has voted to fine Google $150 million to $200 million to settle accusations that its YouTube subsidiary illegally collected personal information about children, according to three people briefed on the matter.

The case could have significant repercussions for other popular platforms used by young children in the United States.

The settlement would be the largest civil penalty ever obtained by the F.T.C. in a children’s privacy case. It dwarfs the previous record fine of $5.7 million for children’s privacy violations the agency levied this year against the owners of TikTok, a social video-sharing app.

Politico first reported the amount of the settlement, which would have to be approved by the Justice Department.

The news of the F.T.C.’s settlement with Google comes at a moment when regulators and lawmakers in Washington and the European Union are challenging the power — and the aggressive data-mining practices — of tech giants like Facebook and Google.

Last month, the F.T.C. announced a $5 billion fine against Facebook for abusing its users’ personal data. Members of Congress this year have also introduced at least dozen privacy and transparency bills to bolster protections for Americans’ social media data, genetic data, facial recognition data and other kinds of information.

The F.T.C.’s agreement with YouTube involves a larger fine than in previous children’s privacy settlements, but the case has renewed complaints from consumer advocates that the agency has generally failed to require privacy violators to make substantive change to their data-mining practices.

“Once again, this F.T.C. appears to have let a powerful company off the hook with a nominal fine for violating users’ privacy online,” Senator Edward Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, said in a statement on Friday.

If regulators fail to take a tougher stand to protect children’s privacy, the problematic practices of social media companies will not change, said Josh Golin, the executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, a nonprofit group.

“YouTube has reaped huge profits by ignoring federal children’s privacy law and engaging in illegal data collection and targeted marketing,” Mr. Golin said.

The F.T.C., which is expected to announce the settlement in September, declined to comment. YouTube declined to comment.

Google has faced scrutiny before over how it collects and uses people’s data. It is already subject to an F.T.C. consent order from 2011 for deceptive data-mining involving its now-defunct social network Buzz.

That order required the internet search company to institute a comprehensive privacy program and prohibited it from misrepresenting its data-handling practices.

In 2012, Google agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle F.T.C. charges that it had violated the consent order by deceiving users of Apple’s Safari browser about its data-mining practices.

Whether YouTube’s alleged misuse of children’s data also violates that order is not known.

Children are among the most avid viewers of YouTube. Yet the video site has struggled to police content intended for and featuring them. In February, a video documenting how pedophiles used the comments on videos of children to guide other predators went viral on YouTube.

The revelations were especially damaging because YouTube had pledged in 2017 to do more to protect families after reports of pedophiles cruising the site for videos of minors and leaving lewd or sexual comments. YouTube addressed the latest issue by disabling comments on most videos featuring children under 13 years old after brands threatened to suspend advertising on the site.

In June, The New York Times published an investigation into how YouTube’s recommendation system automatically promoted videos of scantily clad children to people who had watched other videos of young children in compromised positions or sexually themed content.

The accusations against YouTube emerged last year after a coalition of more than 20 consumer advocacy groups filed a complaint to the F.T.C. saying that the video platform was violating a federal privacy law by collecting and exploiting the personal information of children.

That law, called the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, prohibits online services aimed at children under 13 from collecting personal details — like a child’s birth date, contact information, photos or precise location — without a parent’s permission. The law also prohibits children’s apps from using persistent identifiers to target youngsters with ads based on their behavior.

YouTube has long maintained that its platform is not intended for children under 13, even as some of its most popular channels — with names like Cocomelon Nursery Rhymes and ChuChu TV — are clearly aimed at youngsters, offering colorful animated videos that have been viewed more than a billion times.

People who set up accounts on YouTube must affirm that they are at least 13 and must agree to Google’s terms of service, enabling the company to track users’ video-viewing activities, internet browsing habits and other details. YouTube has said that it deletes accounts when it determines that a user is under 13.

YouTube maintains a separate app for younger users, called YouTube Kids, which says that it does not allow behavior-based ads.

But the children’s groups said in their complaint that YouTube was aware that millions of children were watching its main channel and collected the children’s personal details anyway, without parental consent.

The F.T.C. settlement with YouTube could have major implications for other popular, general interest apps — like animated video games — in the United States that have millions of users under the age of 13.

Google is also the subject of a state lawsuit over alleged children’s privacy violations brought by Hector Balderas, the attorney general of New Mexico. Google has asked that the case be dismissed.

Daisuke Wakabayashi contributed reporting.

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