Some additional things to not do...
Have you met clients?
"* Don't use video backgrounds"
Pretty please with sugar on top! Video breakthroughs may sound like a good idea, but in reality you're just learning how someone likes solve one specific problem. You're not really learning programming, or something even more important: problem solving.
But I love video backgrounds! That got me started with dev lol as I started off as a video artist. But yeah I agree the compression never usually does the quality justice and it is usually more trouble loading than fun
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