What's the best way to learn HTML?

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Hey Guys,

I'm looking to expand my knowledge, and one of the ways I'm looking to do it is by learning HTML and other computer languages that can help me be more awesome in my IM journey.

What's the best way you guys have used to get started? Both paid and free method are welcome.
#html #learn
  • Profile picture of the author JohnRyserson
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    You should try Lynda.com.

    They have some great video tutorials that will help you out.
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    • Profile picture of the author MaxForKing
      Originally Posted by JohnRyserson View Post

      You should try Lynda.com.

      They have some great video tutorials that will help you out.
      Thanks John, I'll definitely check it out
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    • Profile picture of the author LuckyAndroid
      Originally Posted by JohnRyserson View Post

      You should try Lynda.com.

      They have some great video tutorials that will help you out.
      Have you tried TeamTreehouse before? Out of all the web based ways I've explored for learning web development and programming technologies, I think it is the best structured for engaging and keeping me motivated.

      I've also used Coursera, Udacity, edX, CodeAcademy, and several others. Team Treehouse is nice because they have tracks laid out for what they deem the best way to learn something such as Front End Web Development. You can do any of the courses individually, but if you a recommended pathway for learning the tracks are great. Also, they have quizzes and "code challenges" to split up the videos which helps solidify what you are learning as you progress. I know there are codes for Lynda trials too if you look around, but Team Treehouse offers a 14 day trial right through the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Crimes
    Hi Max,

    Highly recommend the resources at 'W3 Schools', just give them a Google...

    Some great HTML guides there and I haven't really needed any extra training since. Although saying that, I do use short cuts wherever possible.

    Good luck

    Jon
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  • Profile picture of the author jamescanz
    Originally Posted by MaxForKing View Post

    What's the best way you guys have used to get started? Both paid and free method are welcome.
    I remember my brother bought me a book called 'Html Goodies' (I believe)

    It didn't work out too well for me, as I brushed it aside

    Continued to struggle with html so I bought OptimizePress...

    And after using the text editor in OptimizePress so much...

    I finally got a hang of it.

    So yeah, the cliché 'practice makes perfect' idea worked for me

    (even though I still avoid html like the plague) :p
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  • Profile picture of the author garmahis
    I figured the best way to learn is to work on real projects which are of interest to you personally and googling/finding the steps. This makes your learning very effient and highly practical unlike all those tutorials to follow.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sumi365
      Originally Posted by garmahis View Post

      I figured the best way to learn is to work on real projects which are of interest to you personally and googling/finding the steps. This makes your learning very effient and highly practical unlike all those tutorials to follow.
      Agree with your opinion... if anyone wants to learn HTML first download some HTML PDF, read it carefully and watch some basic HTML video on YouTube then finally start actually working on the project with the help of senior guidance. Only this way, you will be easily learn HTML.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    I went to Amazon and picked up Sams Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML and CSS in One Hour a Day: Includes New HTML5 Coverage. After going through the course I had a a much better understanding on HTML, CSS, and many other elements that goes into web design.

    Though it's not necessary for success because you always outsource, I still think it's important to learn the basics of web design so that when you do outsource it, you know what to ask for and what to look for when the job is done.

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  • Profile picture of the author Nightengale
    Just out of curiosity: why do you want to learn HTML?

    Unless you want to be a programmer/coder and/or website designer, deep diving into learning coding is a complete waste of time. It's like learning how to build a car because you want to buy/drive one.

    Unless you want to be a programmer/coder and/or a designer, I strongly recommend you stay away from it. Teach yourself the very basics of HTML, but then forget it.

    I'm truly not trying to rain on your parade. I'm dead serious. If you're looking to make good money online as fast as possible, deep diving into learning code isn't smart.

    You're much better off using do-it-yourself solutions like WordPress and LeadPages. You can get started in minutes with them WITHOUT learning code. And the faster you get started, the faster you'll get to profits, which is what most Warriors need.

    For the true geeks who really want to learn code, ignore everything I just said. But most Warriors have no business deep diving into learning code. Seriously.

    Hope that helps!

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    • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
      Originally Posted by Nightengale View Post

      Just out of curiosity: why do you want to learn HTML?

      Unless you want to be a programmer/coder and/or website designer, deep diving into learning coding is a complete waste of time. It's like learning how to build a car because you want to buy/drive one.

      Unless you want to be a programmer/coder and/or a designer, I strongly recommend you stay away from it. Teach yourself the very basics of HTML, but then forget it.

      I'm truly not trying to rain on your parade. I'm dead serious. If you're looking to make good money online as fast as possible, deep diving into learning code isn't smart.

      You're much better off using do-it-yourself solutions like WordPress and LeadPages. You can get started in minutes with them WITHOUT learning code. And the faster you get started, the faster you'll get to profits, which is what most Warriors need.

      For the true geeks who rally want to learn code, ignore everything I just said. But most Warriors have no business deep diving into learning code. Seriously.

      Hope that helps!

      Michelle
      Michelle is 100% correct.

      I forget that not all of us are dire tech nerds haha.



      WordPress and a little creativity can solve everything for you these days. (well, unless you want a really complex backend or customized development hehe).

      But, knowing a little code never hurt anybody...
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    • Profile picture of the author joaquin112
      Originally Posted by Nightengale View Post

      Just out of curiosity: why do you want to learn HTML?

      Unless you want to be a programmer/coder and/or website designer, deep diving into learning coding is a complete waste of time. It's like learning how to build a car because you want to buy/drive one.

      Unless you want to be a programmer/coder and/or a designer, I strongly recommend you stay away from it. Teach yourself the very basics of HTML, but then forget it.

      I'm truly not trying to rain on your parade. I'm dead serious. If you're looking to make good money online as fast as possible, deep diving into learning code isn't smart.

      You're much better off using do-it-yourself solutions like WordPress and LeadPages. You can get started in minutes with them WITHOUT learning code. And the faster you get started, the faster you'll get to profits, which is what most Warriors need.

      For the true geeks who really want to learn code, ignore everything I just said. But most Warriors have no business deep diving into learning code. Seriously.

      Hope that helps!

      Michelle
      I think you're right in a way. On the other hand, learning HTML and CSS (even PHP and jQuery) is so easy and helpful that there's no reason why anyone who LIVES from the internet shouldn't learn at least the basics.

      By the way, just because you don't know how to code doesn't mean that learning is not smart for someone who has the time and talent. A good programmer makes a LOT more than a writer any day. A good IMer who knows how to create custom funnels and not the same leadpages stuff as every other marketer has a huge advantage IMHO. At the end it's all a personal choice whether to learn or not. There's no "best" way.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    1) Stop what you're doing right now.
    2) Download notepad++.
    3) Start coding.
    4) Thank AveryWilmer for giving you an awesome resource; codeacademy totally rocks and is a great way to just "DIVE IN" to all things web development.



    //endrant
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  • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
    HTML isn't really a language, or code, in a true sense; that stuff is far more difficult to learn. It's really just markup.

    I don't think there's a better online reference than W3Schools, really. The site covers HTML, CSS and other stuff fairly comprehensively and has live modifiable examples so you can tinker around and see how the changes you make affect the output.

    And that's the best way to learn, if you ask me. That's how I did it - trial and error.

    PHP and other scripting languages might call for a more structured approach, at least in the beginning, and for some of those I found the Developers' Library series (e.g. PHP & MySQL Web DevelopmentPHP & MySQL Web Development ) pretty helpful, but again, inquisitiveness was the glue that bound everything together, not robotic tutorial-following.

    Like most stuff, once you grasp the foundations the rest just seems to fall into place as you learn new tricks on-the-fly.

    Good luck.
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  • Profile picture of the author NewRiseDigital
    Totally agree that w3schools.com is the best resource for HTML and CSS. Don't get too hung up on becoming a HTML expert you just need to know how tags are formatted and use the tag reference when you need it. Actually you'd be better off delving deeper into CSS instead which is much more relevant today as a skill.
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  • Profile picture of the author linathinfotech
    Start basic with W3 Schools and then go for some advanced tutorials and build your own website.

    With just simple programs and concept, you only know basics. To go for advanced level, i think you should practically make a website.
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  • Profile picture of the author cindypark
    Originally Posted by MaxForKing View Post

    Hey Guys,

    I'm looking to expand my knowledge, and one of the ways I'm looking to do it is by learning HTML and other computer languages that can help me be more awesome in my IM journey.

    What's the best way you guys have used to get started? Both paid and free method are welcome.
    thank you for your great post.i am also want to learn HTML.thank you guys for some comments.really appreciate it.
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  • Profile picture of the author trump7
    Learn HTML/XHTML & CSS - Learn to write your own pages by hand it's easy.You can use FREE! HTML/XHTML/CSS Editor.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by MaxForKing View Post

    I'm looking to expand my knowledge, and one of the ways I'm looking to do it is by learning HTML and other computer languages that can help me be more awesome in my IM journey.
    Ok, I'll bite ... I'm curious. Why do you think that "knowing HTML and other computer languages" would be a particularly good use of your time for an internet marketing journey?

    I don't suggest there are any "right" or "wrong" answers. I'm just curious about what makes people decide this, because it's so very different from my own thinking.

    I decided, when I started in 2008, that HTML was quite passé and unnecessary for a marketer to learn, very easily outsourceable at very low prices in a huge, international, competitive, buyers' market, and likely to become more so year-by-year (and I now think it has), and that a far better use of my time, effort and energy would be to become proficient at writing emails that sell. (Of course I was biased: I liked writing and disliked the look of things like HTML and didn't even know what the "other languages" were, and I wanted to learn something proximal to - not distant from - directly income-earning activities).

    I ask because I'm slightly surprised to see someone saying what you've said, in 2014.

    Of course, if you want to become a professional website designer, or something, that would make complete sense. But I don't think (from your original post above) that that's your intention, because you'd perhaps have said so, if that was the plan? So, why the interest in learning HTML "and other languages"? If you don't mind being asked ...
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    • Profile picture of the author MaxForKing
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      So, why the interest in learning HTML "and other languages"? If you don't mind being asked ...
      For me it's about not having to wait for someone when I need urgent changes made
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  • Profile picture of the author yakim1
    I learned html from a book and I used notepad for years as my editor and did not get an editor until I had to get Microsoft office for college. It is such a convenience to be able to edit just about anything that appears online.

    No waiting to have some one else make the change.

    I'm trained as a Microsoft engineer and my specialty is to design business systems and support for those systems. html is still the basic code and word press really does some butcher jobs on that code.

    I rarely use wordpress because html is so much cleaner and loads much faster. I thought learning to use wordpress was harder than learning html.

    I believe it is just an element that is the basis for being online and is important to have some knowledge in this area. At least enough to do some editing when needed.

    Best regards,
    Steve Yakim
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  • Profile picture of the author PLR Basket
    I learned everything I know about HTML trough Youtube. This thing is like the Matrix's learning program
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  • Profile picture of the author Jtraits
    there are a lot of ways but basic is: read , watch , adapt and try. If you don't start coding , make changes , create something from scratch , by reading you will achieve nothing
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  • Profile picture of the author genciT5
    Adobe Dreamweaver is a great software (although it costs some money) . W3school would be good start. HTML is easy to learn (compared to real programming languages like C# or C++)
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