Top 5 Resources for Learning HTML

Updated: May 8, 2018

VW Bus in Brooklyn - Meghan Stark

Now I say HTML, but what I really mean is building websites. HTML, or Hypertext Markup Language, is the bone structure of websites. And CSS is the clothing your website wears. And Javascript is the rollerblades it straps on. And browsers are the rink to skate around. Now that we’re at the roller disco, I think I should abandon this metaphor. But hopefully you get my drift. HTML alone will not make for a pretty website, and if you want to learn the marketable skill of website building, you’re going to need to know a few more things.

People tell me all the time that they want to learn how to code. It’s a lot like learning a new language conceptually, but in practice it’s more so like learning new vocabulary and syntax. Much more approachable! If I showed you a few lines of HTML and CSS, you’d be able to guess where to go from there. It’s in plain English, and it isn’t object-oriented programming requiring any loops, logic, or confusing references.

There's one major thing that will bump you from dropping in line breaks after a paragraph into someone who can build a portfolio website or customize a blog— learning a CMS tool. CMS are Content Management Systems, the most famous of which is probably Wordpress (not necessarily my recommendation). CMS give you the ability to grab website files and automate the process of formatting, indexing, and displaying content. Ofte