Create Your First HTML Document


First HTML Document
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In this practical activity, we will learn how to create first HTML document. It is an exciting step towards building web pages. HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is the standard markup language which is used for structuring and presenting content (text, images, tables, audio and video) on the web. Here’s a practical and step-by-step guide to help you create your first HTML document using a simple text editor. 

Creating your first HTML document

Before starting, you’ll need a text editor to write HTML code. You can use any text editor such as Notepad, Notedpad++, Sublime Text, Visual Studio Code, or Atom. For this activity, we will be using Notepad which is freely available on Windows. For MacOS, you can use Sublime Text

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>

<head>

<title>My First HTML Document</title>

</head>

<body>

Between the <body> tags, you can start adding the content of your HTML document. In these tags, you can use headings, paragraphs, and other HTML elements such as <b> for bold, <i> for italic, and <u> for underline to structure your content.  Please note that each structure has opening and ending tag.  Here’s an example of adding heading 1 i.e. <h1> </h1>. 

<h1>Welcome to My First HTML Document</h1>
<p>This is an example of how to create a basic HTML document.</p>

You can continue adding additional content to your HTML document, for instance images, links, lists, and more paragraphs. Here’s an example of adding an image and a link to your HTML file. 

<img src=”image.jpg” alt=”BasicsComp”>
<a href=”https://www.basicscomp.com”>Click here</a> to visit  the website.

Pro Tip: To ensure proper image display in the browser, save your image with a file name and extension as used in HTML file for example “image.jpg” and store it in the same directory (folder) as the HTML file.

Once you’ve added all the desired content, close the HTML document by adding the ending tags. Place the following code at the bottom of your file:

</body>

</html>

For your convenience, here’s the complete code for creating your first HTML document. You can just copy and paste in your desired text editor. For a visual view, please check the figure given below the code. 

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<title>My First HTML Document</title>
</head>
<body>
<h1>Welcome to My First HTML Document</h1>
<p>This is an example of how to create a basic HTML document.</p>
<img src=”image.jpg” alt=”BasicsComp”>
<a href=”https://www.basicscomp.com”>Click here</a> to visit  the website.
</body>
</html>

First HTML Document
My First HTML Document
My First HTML Document Viewing

Conclusion

Creating your first HTML document is an essential step in learning web designing and development. By following the outlined steps from this practical activity, you’ve created a very basic HTML document with text, image, and link to this website. This sets a foundation for basic understanding of HTML concepts and tags. You can explore CSS (Cascading Style Sheet), JavaScript, and other tools to build up your web designing and development skills.

You can read more about basics of programming and coding in the article Basic introduction to coding and programming. For further improve and assessing your HTML skills, take our online quiz at Quiz 17-Basic Introduction to Coding and Programming.

Congratulations on completing your first HTML document, we hope you enjoy your web designing and development journey! If you have any questions or issue, let us know in the comments section below.  

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