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Ever since I first started learning about HTML back in the 90’s, I’ve always found it nearly impossible to find good, solid HTML examples on the internet. It would have been nice to have a few websites that offer the latest, coolest dynamic website coding examples.

Well, a lot has changed since the 90’s, and the advent of dynamic web coding languages like PHP and CSS really make HTML old-school. Then again, you have to understand old-school HTML before you can understand the languages that dynamically create the HTML that browsers display.

Thankfully, there are now some awesome websites that do offer well-designed and useful HTML coding examples and tutorials. There are certainly still a whole lot of pretty poor HTML-tutorial websites out there, so I decided to pull together eight of my favorite websites.

I should mention that MUO is probably the first place to start, with cool articles on basic HTML 5 Steps To Understanding Basic HTML Code 5 Steps To Understanding Basic HTML Code Read More , cool HTML effects 7 Cool HTML Effects That Anyone Can Add to Their Website 7 Cool HTML Effects That Anyone Can Add to Their Website Don't despair! You don't have to know CSS or PHP to build a fancy site. Some good old HTML and knowing how to copy-and-paste will do. Read More , and HTML tips 5 HTML Tips to Create a Fast Loading Free Website 5 HTML Tips to Create a Fast Loading Free Website Read More to help your website load faster.

The following eight sites not only offer a good, solid foundation on HTML coding, but they also offer the best learning environment, with tools you can use to test out what you learn.

1. HTML Dog

One of my favorite sites that I usually check first whenever I forget the basic syntax for HTML statements is HTML Dog. The site is well-designed, unlike 90 percent of the web design websites out there that look like they were built in the 1990’s and never updated.  The format is simple and fast — just click on the Examples link on the main page, and you’ll find a listing of HTML elements like layout, coloring, text and more.

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HTML Dog provides clear examples in white code boxes which you can copy and paste into your own HTML code. You can see the actual live HTML output of the sample code on the pane on the right.

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2. W3Schools

Now, while HTML Dog is my favorite when it comes to checking basic syntax, W3Schools is the place I usually go when I want to get a bit fancy with my web coding. It’s one of the more popular resources for all simple and dynamic coding examples, from PHP through JQuery and Javascript — but you’ll also find an awesome section filled with basic HTML coding examples.

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The cool thing about W3Schools is that, like HTML Dog, they’ve incorporated a useful split-screen tool where you can test out the code you learn in each lesson. Just tweak the HTML a bit, click “Run” and you’ll see the results in the area to the right. Very useful!

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3. Quackit

Another site that’s on the same level as W3Schools in terms of usefulness and modern design is Quackit. Yes, the name is a little goofy, but the site provides volumes of helpful examples.

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In the HTML area, you’ll find lots of example code in text boxes that you can highlight and copy — with the actual display effect shown in the “Example” column.

4. Landofcode.com

Another site that offers the useful split-screen tool for testing HTML code is LandOfCode. The main site offers a fair number of HTML examples, everything from HTML text formatting and proper linking to HTML forms, stylesheets and meta tags. But the real gem on this website is the PractiCode Online Code Editor.

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This one is actually a little bit more advanced than the W3Schools and HTML Dog tool because it has additional buttons that’ll let you view the results in a new window, not just in the display area to the right.

5. Codecademy

One of the most well known websites for learning any language at all is obviously Codecademy. And when it comes to learning basic HTML, Codecademy doesn’t disappoint with its First Website Using HTML and CSS course.

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The course work area, like the rest of Codecademy, is quite advanced and gives you the flexibility to play around in the code area and see your realtime web page on the right update as you make changes. You can also switch it to full screen to see what your website looks like in a full browser window.

The nice thing about this course is that it also incorporates learning about using CSS to format your pages 10 Simple CSS Code Examples You Can Learn in 10 Minutes 10 Simple CSS Code Examples You Can Learn in 10 Minutes We'll go over how to create an inline stylesheet so you can practice your CSS skills. Then we'll move onto 10 basic CSS examples. From there, your imagination is the limit! Read More , which anyone learning basic HTML should learn at the same time they’re learning HTML.

6. EchoEcho

A couple more websites that I wanted to touch on aren’t the best of the best — but they do stand above other HTML code sites because they’re well written, well formatted and cover the topic thoroughly. The first of those is EchoEcho. This site has an HTML section that is probably one of the most exhaustive lists of HTML elements to learn in one place.

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Each of these provides a very clear example of how the HTML code should be structured, along with an explanation of all of the available parameters and options you can use.

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This site is actually devoted to offering a lot more than tutorials — its online D-Zine! is essentially an online magazine devoted to all things related to web design.

7. Java2s

The HTML/CSS section of the Java2s website is like an encyclopedia of HTML tags for both beginners and experts alike. The layout is perfect, especially for people who might already know what HTML tags they want to use, but can’t quite remember the exact syntax.

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The list of tags is clean and alphabetized so that you can quickly scroll down to find the one you want. Once you click on the tag, you’ll see a list of example use cases, and when you click on one of those, you’ll see the exact code snippet you need to use to implement it.

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You can click on Try this example to see the resulting HTML page in a new browser window.

8. Awwwards

Finally, because it’s always a good idea to learn how to code by seeing examples of excellent code, I have to give kudos to one of the most useful sites on the internet that all students that are new to HTML should bookmark. The site is called Awwwards.

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Awwwards gives awards for site of the year, month, and day, and even gives some thumbs up to the best developers and mobile sites. Browsing through these selections will give you plenty of ideas for what elements and layouts work the best when you’re putting together your own web pages.

Go Forth and Create

There is nothing quite as exhilarating as spending days, or even months, coding your own website and finally revealing your masterpiece to the world. If you are a good student of HTML and good HTML design practices, you can certainly join the ranks of web developers who have contributed to the best that the web has to offer.

Don’t forget to check out MakeUseOf’s own list of HTML examples 17 Simple HTML Code Examples You Can Learn in 10 Minutes 17 Simple HTML Code Examples You Can Learn in 10 Minutes If you know the following 17 HTML tags (and the extra few that go with them), you'll be able to create a basic webpage from scratch or tweak the code created by an app like... Read More that’ll get you started on your way.

Do you know of any other really useful HTML example resources for web programmers that are just learning how to create webpages? Share your own resources in the comments section below.

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  1. carrie kelley
    May 8, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    where can I find the bookmark page?

  2. Bindi Parikh
    November 26, 2010 at 8:40 am

    i was finding websites for web hosting and examples and finally i got from here only......thanks....

  3. awt
    November 14, 2010 at 5:31 am

    there r other websites too such as http://www.onlinetut.com, its amazing try its editor to test ur codes for free.

  4. awt
    November 14, 2010 at 4:31 am

    there r other websites too such as http://www.onlinetut.com, its amazing try its editor to test ur codes for free.

  5. Josh
    November 10, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Have you tried htmlcodetutorial.com? I use this site as my primary source other than quackit.

  6. Josh
    November 11, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Have you tried htmlcodetutorial.com? I use this site as my primary source other than quackit.

  7. Enomsoft Seo
    November 8, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Thanks for sharing

  8. Web Developer
    November 5, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks. I am beginner to HTML. Find this post very useful.

  9. gkatsev
    November 3, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    I'm sorry, but w3schools do not have 'quality' coding examples. What about webmonkey? It is definitely better. Also, w3schools even has a warning stating that their code can be wrong and shit "W3Schools is for training only. We do not warrant the correctness of its content. The risk from using it lies entirely with the user. "
    Also, the split function is better in sites like jsbin.com and jsfiddle.net. People should stop using w3schools, it is not a good resource.

  10. custom stickers
    November 3, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Well these are really great source of learning HTML.
    Each and every part is elaborated with examples.

  11. Animus081
    November 3, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Either way, i'm writing the manual on how to use xHTML code, i'll try and get it out asap

    • Ryan Dube
      November 3, 2010 at 11:38 pm

      Awesome - I look forward to checking it out.

  12. gkatsev
    November 3, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I'm sorry, but w3schools do not have 'quality' coding examples. What about webmonkey? It is definitely better. Also, w3schools even has a warning stating that their code can be wrong and shit "W3Schools is for training only. We do not warrant the correctness of its content. The risk from using it lies entirely with the user. "
    Also, the split function is better in sites like jsbin.com and jsfiddle.net. People should stop using w3schools, it is not a good resource.

    • Ryan Dube
      November 3, 2010 at 11:38 pm

      Hey gkatsev,

      I respect your opinion - but I can only speak from personal experience, and in the years I've been coding, I've found some impressive examples offered at W3Schools. With that said - there are certainly plenty of examples that are not stellar. But if you're looking for a place that has more content than other sites, W3Schools is simply one of the top sites, there's no getting around that. Maybe its value lies more in the size of the user base/community - but it's still a valuable resource either way.

  13. Ryan Dube
    November 4, 2010 at 12:38 am

    Hey gkatsev,

    I respect your opinion - but I can only speak from personal experience, and in the years I've been coding, I've found some impressive examples offered at W3Schools. With that said - there are certainly plenty of examples that are not stellar. But if you're looking for a place that has more content than other sites, W3Schools is simply one of the top sites, there's no getting around that. Maybe its value lies more in the size of the user base/community - but it's still a valuable resource either way.

  14. custom stickers
    November 4, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Well these are really great source of learning HTML.
    Each and every part is elaborated with examples.