I am sure this is a question that comes up again, and again, and again. If so great apologies.
The question is more about how you got contextualised experience of actually applying code. There seem to be dozens of ways to learn, via courses, website, books, or a DIY hack. The problem is if you learn anything without learning in context (for example learning a language without talking to anyone that speaks that language), then you don’t pick up any practical experience.
So how what live/personal projects did you use? Did you write the code in a code editor and preview in a browser, did you hack an existing site and tweak with colours and type sizes, or did you happen to know a developer who gave you some tips?
I’m asking as I recently had a chat with a dev, and he said ‘you need to learn bootstrap, it is easy!’ He sent me a file which did not have lines of code that I recognised at all (no positions, no fonts, no colours or alignment)? It went over my head. I’m not stupid and can certainly learn, but some pointers would help?