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Learn HTML

Resources to teach yourself how to become a website coder.

HTML or Hypertext Markup Language provides the basic building blocks for websites. It is the code that tells your web browser what your web page should look like and how the various elements of your website interact with one another.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is responsible for creating and managing HTML. The current standard for HTML is HTML5. It is the fifth full-version release of HTML standards.

Anyone who is responsible for adding content to a website whether via a content management system (CMS) like WordPress, Wix, SquareSpace, Drupal, etc. or from scratch, should have a basic knowledge and understanding of HTML5. This gives you the means to tweak how content is presented by switching from the WYSIWIG (what you see is what you get) editor to editing the page in source code mode.

HTML5 Tags

Tags comprise HTML. Tags consist of opening and closing tags. In their most basic form, opening tags begin with "<" followed by the tag name and closed by ">". For instance, an opening tag for a paragraph appears as "<p>. Closing tags begin with "</"; followed by the tag name and closed with ">". For instance, a closing tag of a paragraph is written as "</p>". Tags tell the browser what to do with the information between the opening tag and the closing tag.

Here is an example of how this looks when you look at the code the browser reads for the paragraph above:

<p>Tags comprise HTML. Tags consist of opening and closing tags. In their most basic form, opening tags begin with "<" followed by the tag name and closed by ">". For instance, an opening tag for a paragraph appears as "<p>. Closing tags begin with "</"; followed by the tag name and closed with ">". For instance, a closing tag of a paragraph is written as "</p>". Tags tell the browser what to do with the information between the opening tag and the closing tag.</p>

There are more than 100 tags in HTML5. Fortunately, W3C has created a comprehensive online (free) resource that provides definition and usage of all tags with examples.

Learn HTML via YouTube

Recommended YouTube Training Video

HTML Tutorial for Beginners: Creating the first web page by EJ Media (10 minutes)

Tip: in this tutorial they recommend using Notepad. We suggest before you start your journey learning HTML that you download the free tool Notepad++ as it will color code your HTML. Anytime Notepad or Wordpad is mentioned, use Notepad++ instead.

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