It’s the season! Today kicks off the first day of Advent calendars with my annual roundup of online calendars for web professionals.
You’ll find a wide range of useful information for web designers, developers, programmers, content strategists, heck, anyone who works on the web.
I’m always inspired with the tips and advice in the Advent calendars from 24 ways, Performance Calendar, Sys Advent, UXMas (glad you’re back!), and others.
Can’t wait to open the doors for the daily tip, sketch, video, and other helpful advice about working on the web.
You’ll notice a few new calendars in this year’s roundup as well as the regular calendars I’ve shared over the past few years.
Unfortunately, a couple calendars from last year’s roundup weren’t published this year. Hopefully we’ll see them again next year!
Take a look at this year’s roundup of calendars and let me know what your favorite is.
1. 24 ways
Back for its 12th year, the 24 ways calendar is dedicated to bringing a daily dose of web design and development goodness to you.
You’ll find posts about ideas and techniques for web design, development, and accessibility.
2. Performance Calendar
Looking for ways to improve the performance of your web apps and sites? The Performance Calendar will get you up to speed on optimizing your websites and web applications.
3. It’s a Shape Christmas
Curated by Shape, a web design agency in Manchester, United Kingdom, the It’s a Shape Christmas calendar features illustrations from 25 creatives from around the world.
4. UXMas Advent Calendar
After taking a year off, the UXMas Advent Calendar for user experience designers returns. I’m thrilled to see the calendar back this year!
Each day of Advent you’ll find a video, sketch, or tip to further your UX knowledge.
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5. Content Strategy Advent Calendar
Each day a content strategy expert will discuss hot content topics, share tips, and discuss their plans for 2017.
6. The Membership Guys Advent Calendar
If you run a membership site, you’ll want to find out what’s behind the doors at the Membership Guys Advent Calendar. Each day you’ll find tips and advice for running your membership site. Day 1 is a book giveaway contest!
The Membership Guys calendar is new to my calendar roundup this year. Shoutout to my friend Claire Brotherton for sharing it on Twitter.
7. Online Marketing Advent Calendar
The Online Marketing Advent Calendar is a goody box of tools for your online marketing. Day 1 is a useful guide to help your get Google Reviews for your site.
8. Sys Advent Calendar
One of the oldest technology-focused Advent calendars, the Sys Advent Calendar shares all kinds of tips and solutions for system administration.
9. Perl Advent Calendar
Another one of the oldest Advent calendars (I think it dates back to 2006), the Perl Advent Calendar presents 24 merry days of Perl.
10. Perl 6 Advent Calendar
Each day you’ll find a pearl of wisdom (get it?) about Perl 6 in the Perl 6 Advent Calendar.
11. 24 Days in December
I missed this advent calendar last year, but I enjoy the concept of 24 Days in December: a focus on the community.
While the focus is on the PHP community, what the contributors write about each day could apply to any community, whether you’re in user experience, WordPress, or some other development language.
12. Advent Calendar 2016
I was sad to hear WebKrauts didn’t plan to create an Advent calendar in 2016, but was thrilled when they told me their founder Jens Grochtdreis had an Advent calendar.
His Advent Calendar 2016 showcases interesting CodePens he has found. Grochtdreis shares short comments and thoughts about each CodePen.
13. Advent of Code
Thanks to my friend Claire Brotherton who told me about the Advent of Code calendar, a series of small programming puzzles for a variety of programming skill levels.
Created by Eric Wastl, the puzzles are self-contained and offer a challenge to the expert programmer as well as someone who is just learning to code.
14. Grid by Example
With support for CSS Grid Layout coming to Chrome and Firefox in March 2017, there’s no better time to learn Grid by Example than now, especially when CSS expert Rachel Andrew is teaching you.
15. Digital Marketing Advent Calendar
Digimind has partnered with people from Facebook, McDonald’s LinkedIn and other major brands to bring you their Digital Marketing Advent Calendar with helpful digital marketing definition, tip or insight each day.
16. Control Your Digital Life
Whether you want to learn about online privacy, use a secure mailbox, or want to stop being tracked online, you’ll find useful daily tips in the Control Your Digital Life Advent Calendar.
17. Web Advent Today
18. Christmas Experiments
Started in 2012 by David Ronai, the Christmas Experiments Advent calendar is a showcase of inspiring creative works by veteran web creatives as well as newcomers.
According to the website, it’s
…made by the community and given to the community.
Have you found any other web-related Advent calendars? Share them in the comments!