Ever since I first started learning about HTML back in the 90s, 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 90s, 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 [Broken Link Removed].
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, which anyone learning basic HTML should learn at the same time they’re learning HTML.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can click on Try this example to see the resulting HTML page in a new browser window.
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.
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 that’ll get you started on your way.