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I am learning HTML and CSS and am soon going to get certified in it as well, and I thought that it would be a good idea to give out a tutorial on how to start designing your own website using HTML and a little bit of CSS...

HTML is an abbreviation for Hyper Text Markup Language.
CSS is an abbreviation for Cascading Style Sheets.

HTML is actually used to create the webpage and the content that it has, like the images and writing.
CSS is used to design the webpage and tell the writing and images to be in a certain place, like an image on the top of the page, another in the center etc...

"Anything on the internet can be modified, deleted or added just with the use of HTML and CSS! Even on instructables.com!"

The best thing is...

All you need is a computer!

So lets get started on our journey into web designing...

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Step 1: What is a website made of?

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If you are surfing the web and find any website interesting and cool, and want to find out what and how it was made, or to find out what HTML coding they used, then all you need to do is,

  • Right click on any blank area on the webpage.

  • Click view page source

  • This will open up a new window or a tab according to your settings showing the HTML code that the website runs on.

NOTE : Some websites like instructables, google, youtube etc use a lot of Javascript in their coding, so don't get scared...after reading this instructable, you will be easily able to understand what HTML and CSS are and the fundamental tags.
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Cjo1231 month ago
Awesome tutorial!
Just made a little page for my birthday to provide qr codes.
We re doing a rally.
Maybe I will upload an instructable. Using pi web server; qr codes and my new hot page!
LiveCrafts3 months ago

You can check out my tutorial, it is simply the basics. I'll create an even deeper one later!

adnanj14 months ago

I can web design and code very well.. my weak point is only CSS sometimes I don't understand it.. Any tutorial for help would you suggest?

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AdnanJ4 months ago

Cool visual tutorials. Help me a lot in my academic web designing projects.

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DiyaA14 months ago

Well defined basic web design tutorial. What is the first step to take in web design please tell me?

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AfraM14 months ago

How about an advanced web design where do I get tutorials from? Any help would be appreciated

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adamparker0214 months ago

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vysystems6 months ago

Great post thanks for sharing

AnimeChuK7 months ago

OMG thank you,i've been such a n00b at thisXD

vysystems7 months ago

Very Useful guidelines for Beginners. Thx

MarinaEB8 months ago

Nice guidelines indeed, also I see you where interested in certificates so I would like to recommend you to check this out:


These are free certificates for which you need to solve some online coding tests, something like these ones (which you can use for practice):


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KarenG110 months ago

I am currently taking a class and trying to figure out how to do the HTML formatting, and I am very, very confused with the formatting of the text. Any help as far as websites or information would be greatly appreciated.

www13911 months ago

forgot the doctype...

www13911 months ago

upgrade to html5! Nice though.

ghost2541 year ago
I have two questions
1.Did you use notepad?
2.How did you view your text on a page without the code?
I'm new to HTML and CSS
Thank you for everything!
vishalapr (author)  ghost2541 year ago

Yes I used notepad and I took a screen shot of the text in the web browser and cropped out the rest.

Nice these basic steps are useful and helpful for website designing

vishalapr (author)  Mastercomputech1 year ago


Exotio1 year ago

Ensure you use Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox if you would like to find the "Inspect Element" tool, which allows you to highlight specific parts of the HTML and see which part of the website they correspond to.

k00bst3r1 year ago

This was very helpful - clear and effective. Thank you so much for all your time and effort

vishalapr (author)  k00bst3r1 year ago

Glad I could help, :D

msudhagar2 years ago
HTML is use for designing purpose, and JavaScript is use for doing validations as well as to perform some action.
vishalapr (author)  msudhagar2 years ago
lol, that is exactly what johnmacd said....
johnmacd2 years ago
HTML is use for designing purpose, and JavaScript is use for doing validations as well as to perform some action.
vishalapr (author)  johnmacd2 years ago
hi vishalapr im new in html
i have 2 questions.
1.how can i find my html on the web?
2.how can i make its name like =name.html
nice instructables
go here http://www.webs.com
vishalapr (author)  crazy lazy man2 years ago
Once you have coded the whole website, you will need to host it for it to be online and for others to see it. You can either do this by setting up your own server(Not really recommended) or you can buy a server slot from others or buy a domain online,

These sites provide web hosting but they charge you;

there you can name it with the domain name, to make it the name of your website.

By name,html do you mean like how to save the file that way or once its online the name that you type in like www.instructables.com? if thats what you mean then using the above websites you can name it.

Thx :) glad you liked the ible
Not meant to offend but maybe you could use a doctype?
Doctypes are a form of metatags that tell your browser which version HTML you wrote in your webpage. There are subtle differences for each version so it matters quite a lot which one you use.

You can find all the info on w3schools,
btw, you can also apply a HTML5 doctype to #1 of your html page to make the page HTML5 instead of 4.01
vishalapr (author)  BillieBobbel2 years ago
Yeah doctypes are quite useful and should be added, and yes W3Schools is an awesome website, I did learn a lot for that website.
Nove-Noga3 years ago
Thanks a Bunch. I have started my own site www.Nove-Noga.com based on my study of w3schools available info. You managed to clearly present much of their content in a very clear, concise format. REALLY appreciated your discussion of IDs and CLASSes. Please forgive my site. I only started using the style sheet a couple of days ago.
Thanks, Nove-Noga
vishalapr (author)  Nove-Noga2 years ago
That's a nice website you have got there :)
Glad I was able to help,
EsDorlion3 years ago
Thanks for the informations. If you have incerrect coding in a web site you cannot have a good position in search engines. Also SEO is very important for a website. i am also amking web sites Eskisehir web tasarim
vishalapr (author)  EsDorlion3 years ago
welcome.....I agree.....
gomas2113 years ago
html 5?
vishalapr (author) 3 years ago
You can use HTML code to make your comments on other instructables cooler, and more noticable, like


The_Warlock3 years ago
Cool. To the point.
vishalapr (author)  The_Warlock3 years ago
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