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What is HTML?

HTML is HyperText Markup Language.
HTML was invented by Tim Berners-Lee while at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics in Geneva.
HTML code allows you to format a page with text and images so you can display it on the World Wide Web. You don't need to have previous programming knowledge, and you don't need special programs to code HTML. When I first started coding HTML, I simply used a text editor. But now a days there are some great tools out there to help you write HTML code.

HTML Editors

HTML documents are text files that you can "code" with a simple text editor, or you can use a WYSIWYG editor. You can try to use a WYSIWYG editor, but it is better to learn some of the basics of HTML coding before jumping into one of those editors. Learn some really basic coding so you can at least build a really simple page.

Check out our list of popular HTML editors: HTML Editors

Putting Your Site Online

After you build a page or two, you'll need to upload it to a server (a place that serves your pages to the public). A server is a computer that is connected to the internet 24 hrs a day. Your Internet Provider is a server, and there are several free servers as well. (see Once you learn to upload your pages to a server, your site will be available for the world to see.

It is essential that you learn and understand the very basic skills necessary for coding HTML tags. The next tutorial is designed to give you the expertise you need:

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