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Best HTML Course for beginners?

 6:51 pm on Jun 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hi, I am a marketer and not a webmaster (aspiring to learn more web) - I create basic php landing pages in Dreamweaver using a template built by someone else but don't know exactly what I am doing. I really want to learn html and there are so many courses out there. Does anyone have a suggestion about what type or which one (free or paid) is best for a novice?

Thank you,



 6:58 pm on Jun 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

and I would also recommend taking a visit to
(even though you have dreamweaver, because they are lighter and less intimidating for beginners ) depends on what OS you have.


 7:14 pm on Jun 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thanks so much! Always a little nervous posting questions, like a poser, totally out of my world among web experts, but I appreciate your taking the time to answer me. Thanks again!


 7:30 pm on Jun 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

Just noticed ..no-one said it said yet :)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld SarahBennet :)

..ask away ..everyone was a beginner once .. we are all learning. :)


 7:52 pm on Jun 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

:) Thank you, Leosghost! I feel welcome now. :)


 4:42 pm on Jun 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

haha . . .welcome aboard, you're only a poser if you don't try to learn. :-)


 5:43 pm on Jun 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

I just purchased Sam's Guide to HTML and CSS (I believe the 2009 edition is the latest). Content is organized in "Hours" of learning and there are 24 such chapters. The book is for beginners and it has quite a few good reviews on Amazon.com. Definitely a good book on the subject and print quality is great (the book is printed in color).


 6:02 pm on Jun 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thanks, rocknbil! Thanks, vivalasvegas! I'll start with the online stuff and then check out the book.


 11:00 pm on Jun 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hi Sarah - and welcome to WebmasterWorld :), Good on you for wanting to learn HTML! After that you'll want to add some style, so don't forget CSS, and come visit us in the CSS forum too.

w3schools is a well-recognised resource, but getting out dated now. Another to consider is the Opera Web Standards Curriculum [dev.opera.com]. It may seem more information than you need, but the "lessons" are well-structured and easy to follow, and the back-ground information means you understand "why" - which is the most important thing.

I'd second Leosghost suggesting a text-editor as beginners using Dreamweaver seems to spend more time learning Dreaweaver than code. Everyone has a "favourite", and so many excellent ones are free. You're don't need fancy features, just one that doesn't "interfere" as you try to write code - download and try a few as you follow through the "lessons".


 11:21 pm on Jun 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

When I first got serious about knowing HTML in the 90s, the book I learned from was Sam's. The combination of theory and practical exercises was exceptionally useful and brought me up to speed quite fast. It was the end of me writing "code soup".

I haven't seen the latest edition, but the standard set from the beginning would make me trust the new version site unseen.


 9:31 pm on Jun 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thank you, Alt131 and Tesdster!


 10:55 pm on Jul 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

anyone have any tips for learning HTML on a budget? I manage my company's Facebook page and it is need of an overhaul-- I want to create a landing page on my own-- any pointers on what a noob like me should do to learn just enough html for FB?


Good luck to you Sarah!



 12:24 am on Jul 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

RachDGram, try the free online tutorials at w3schools.com


 12:40 am on Jul 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the reply Tedster--- do you think I should learn Ruby on Rails or HTML first-- what has the most clout these days? It seems RoR does. I need to pick a concentration but I want to pick a concentration that is worth my time and money.


 6:14 am on Jul 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

>>do you think I should learn Ruby on Rails or HTML first

the fact that you even asked the question gives the answer, without doubt HTML
(you can learn it in a day, no problem, although obviously mastering it takes somewhat longer)


 9:46 am on Jul 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

you can learn it in a day

For youngsters, probably. For oldies like me who have experienced word processors that used mark ups half that.
Use a modern tutorial, older ones will ignore CSS and refer you to deprecated tags. Once you start learning bad habits like using tables for layout they are difficult to break.


 9:50 am on Jul 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

Here is a good place to learn [webdesign.about.com...] They have a free 10 lesson course which will get you on your way and also a free course on css and other things. Jennifer, the instructor always makes sure any questions you have get answered also. I got through it with no problem which means "oldies" as you call them can do it.

If you ever have problems with anything I don't think you can find a better site than this one right here. Never have I seen a forum where people are so friendly, quick to reply, and willing to solve your problems than right here.


 10:04 am on Jul 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

I forgot to mention Oreilly's CD bookshelf. While the information might not exactly be "hot off the press" they have quite a few books you can read online that would otherwise cost quite a bit if purchased.


 2:17 pm on Sep 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

you can learn it in a day
You need to know:
  • basic !DOCTYPE declarations
  • what goes in the <head> section and why (charset declaration, title, meta description, links to css and js files, etc)
  • code for headings, paragraphs, lists, tables, forms
  • code for images and links, as well as div/span and a few others
  • how to use the W3C HTML validator

    After that:
  • how basic CSS works
  • how to use classes
  • how to use the W3C CSS validator

    Finally, get that site online and then test and tweak as you go.

  • carrieathomer

     11:42 pm on Sep 17, 2011 (gmt 0)

    The best resource for novice to learn HTML is w3schools they online tutorials start from basic to advanced with lots of examples


     5:50 am on Sep 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

    You should check out [webdesign.about.com ] for hatml and also [webdesign.about.com ] for css. It will get you far enough to start doing things on your own. The instructor is very good and cares about your progress. She has a forum which she monitors pretty close and is always there to help plus you get a certificate upon completion of the course after the final test. It is a
    course btw(both html and css)

    Also I would recommend a good book(s) on the subject. A book I used in the beginning which really helped me (a much earlier version though) can be found at [amazon.com ].

    As time goes on you'll no doubt find you'll want to use things like javascript, serverside languages like perl/php, etc., but you would still need the basic of the basics (html) first.

    Good Luck !

    Also, you are at the best forum in the world should you run into something that isn't working.


     2:47 pm on Sep 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

    Welcome to WebmasterWorld SarahBarnett!

    There really is only one authoritative source when it comes to HTML/XHTML/CSS and all things related.

    HTML 4.01 Specification

    XHTML™ 1.0 The Extensible HyperText Markup Language (Second Edition)


    The Elements of HTML5

    The Attributes of HTML5

    You'll probably want to invest the majority of your time studying the HTML5 Specification. I don't see XHTML going anywhere these days. I've been using HTML5 for 2+ years now, pretty much since Google switched their DOCTYPE to HTML5.

    You had asked for Best HTML Course for Beginners. In addition to learning HTML/CSS, you'll also need to become very intimate with your WYSIWYG Editor, in this case Dreamweaver. Once you learn one, you'll find most of them are similar in many ways.

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