Basic HTML: Getting Started

Creating a web page is a simple and fun process. Whether you want to tell the world about yourself, or you’ve been recruited by your boss to advertise the company you work for, there’s no reason you can’t pick up the basics and get a page online in just a few hours.

What is HTML?

Firstly, understand that HTML is the primary mark-up language of the web. It stands for Hyper Text Mark-up Language, and is made up of lots of tags and attributes. Tags are words surrounded by angle-brackets (the less than and greater than symbols) that control the core structure of a page, and attributes ‘belong’ to tags often allowing further customisation or specification of important values. Tags often (but not always) come in pairs, one to open the element and one to close it, but we’ll cover this in greater detail in the next tutorial.

Although you can create basic HTML pages offline and view them in your browser, you will need a web host to get them online and show them to your friends. If you’re looking for professionalism you’ll probably want a paid host but in the mean time, I suggest practising with a free host such as

Sign up at Freewebs

Go to the freewebs site and register for an account. Once you’ve decided on your name and entered your details, it will ask you to pick a template. You don’t want to rely on the freebie stuff because this would defeat the point of learning HTML. Instead, choose the “Click here if you already have a site to upload” option and click OK. Choose the site title, pick a few categories and continue.

After you’ve finished, your freewebs account will be ready to use and you can start Creating Your First Web Page.


Things you should now know:

  • HTML is a mark-up language
  • HTML tags are surrounded by < and >
  • HTML tags are usually closed

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