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  • Published on November 10, 2017

When deciding how to learn HTML there are several available options, including in-person classes, online courses, private instruction, books, and tutorials. The best way to learn HTML depends upon the available timeframe for learning, budget, and learning preference. Many in-person courses make it possible to learn HTML quickly, but have a higher cost, while books and tutorials have a lower cost but lack the guidance of an instructor.

Why learn HTML

Before looking at how to learn HTML it is also useful to understand why learning HTML is useful and how it is used. When creating a web page or sending an email message, the formatting of text, use of images, and collection of information through forms is directed through Hypertext Markup Language, or HTML. It is the most widely used markup language in modern computing. Professionals across many fields benefit from learning HTML, as it helps to bolster their careers and provides personal growth.

Courses for learning HTML

Attending HTML training classes helps individuals learn HTML quickly and efficiently. Because HTML involves a wide array of markup commands, it is useful to have someone provide guidance on understanding which ones are used most frequently, and how certain tags are handled by various browsers when they are used. Attending an HTML course helps to prioritize which HTML tags to master along with the overall structure and constructs of hypertext markup. Useful HTML courses start with an overview of the markup structure and emphasize the most commonly used commands before moving into more advanced functionality. These courses also discuss the practical use of HTML within various browsers and across different devices. Well written HTML and CSS enables a page to display properly and quickly on all commonly used web browsers. Introductory HTML courses can be followed-up with advanced HTML course, such as the HTML5 training, specific courses to learn HTML Email functionality, more in-depth CSS courses, and even JavaScript courses to extend the functionality of HTML.

HTML courses at American Graphics Institute provide experiential education, and go beyond simply showing or explaining different commands and tags. Course participants have the opportunity to write and edit HTML and CSS code as they are learning, and receive feedback on their HTML while getting questions answered by a live instructor working in the same classroom. This teaches the practical application of commands, tags, and structure that can be put to use immediately upon completing a course. These HTML courses are available in Boston, as well as NYC, and Philadelphia. Small group, live online HTML courses are an option to receive the same education from a live instructor, but delivered online.

As with any language, the best way to become fluent in HTML is to immerse oneself into its use as much as possible. For this reason, the best HTML courses offer students the opportunity to write and test HTML pages using hand-coded HTML. While a content management system such as WordPress or Drupal can be useful for those who need to update text or images, a full understanding of HTML is needed for anyone responsible for managing layout, design, or development. Through practice, exercise, and coaching, course participants grow more comfortable using HTML and advanced tags, allowing them to incorporate it into their work upon the completion of HTML training.

For those who have specific learning requirements, such as wanting to work on a certain project or site, private HTML training is available. This allows for both the content and curriculum to be customized. Private HTML training is availalbe for either individuals or groups, and can occur in a classroom or on-site at a company or organization.

Individuals who wish to work at their own pace or prefer to learn independently can take advantage of low-cost and even no-cost options. These include HTML books and HTML tutorials which provide ways to learn HTML independently.

About the author

Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the publisher and editor of the Digital Classroom book series, which have sold more than one million copies. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers and to large technology companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and HP. An expert on web analytics and digital marketing, he delivers Google Analytics training along with workshops on digital marketing topics. He is also the author of more than 10 books on electronic publishing tools and technologies, including the Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for 20 years.