This course is not currently open for enrollments; email help@thewcc.comto learn about upcoming availability.

Course Description

HTML is a code language that outlines the structure of all websites; from an indie coffee shop’s simple static site to full-fledged applications like Amazon.com—pop the hood and beneath you’ll find HTML.

In this foundational course we’ll cover everything you’ll need to get your first webpage built and introduce you to the process of getting it published online.

We’ll start by walking you through the best tools for the job and set you up with a workflow for efficiently writing, testing, and debugging your code.

Then we’ll dig in and cover HTML, showing you how to work with tags, structure pages, build forms, create links, images, and more.

Finally, we’ll cover practical tips for picking a web host and domain so you can get your work out there for the world to see.

Prerequisites

This is our entry level course and it's where we suggest you start if you're new to coding and/or web site building.

This course is also a good choice if you have some experience but have been out of the game for several years, or feel like you want a more solid foundation in the basics. If you're already comfortable with HTML, you may be interested in our follow-up course, Beginner CSS: Styling Websites

Course Schedule

Week 1

Sun

Mon

Tue

  • What is HTML?
  • What is HTML?
  • Web Browsers
  • Web Browsers
  • Code Editors
  • Editor Workflow

Wed

Thu

  • Introducing Elements
  • Introducing Elements
  • Block vs. Inline
  • Block vs. Inline
  • External Links & Attributes
  • Links & Attributes
  • Images
  • Images

Fri

Sat

  • Element Teamwork: Lists & Tables
  • Element Teamwork
  • Tidy Code
  • Tidy Code
  • Exercise: Scientist Spotlight
  • Exercise

Week 2

Sun

Mon

Tue

  • Sectioning & Semantics
  • Sectioning
  • Page Structure
  • Page Structure
  • View Source
  • View Source

Wed

Thu

  • Internal Links, Images, and Pages
  • Links, Images, Pages
  • W3C Validator
  • W3C Validator
  • Understanding Validator Results
  • Understanding Validator Results

Fri

Sat

  • Web Hosting
  • Web Hosting
  • Website Setup
  • Website Setup
  • Wrap Up
  • Wrap Up

Week 1

Sun

Mon

Tue

  • What is HTML?
  • What is HTML?
  • Web Browsers
  • Web Browsers
  • Code Editors
  • Editor Workflow

Wed

Thu

  • Introducing Elements
  • Introducing Elements
  • Block vs. Inline
  • Block vs. Inline
  • External Links & Attributes
  • Links & Attributes
  • Images
  • Images

Fri

Sat

  • Element Teamwork: Lists & Tables
  • Element Teamwork
  • Tidy Code
  • Tidy Code
  • Exercise: Scientist Spotlight
  • Exercise

Week 2

Sun

Mon

Tue

  • Sectioning & Semantics
  • Sectioning
  • Page Structure
  • Page Structure
  • View Source
  • View Source

Wed

Thu

  • Internal Links, Images, and Pages
  • Links, Images, Pages
  • W3C Validator
  • W3C Validator
  • Understanding Validator Results
  • Understanding Validator Results

Fri

Sat

  • Web Hosting
  • Web Hosting
  • Website Setup
  • Website Setup
  • Wrap Up
  • Wrap Up

How Our Courses Work

Our courses are 2 weeks long, and are divided into Challenge Sets, which are released on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Courses are asynchronous—you’ll be taking the course with a small group of other women, but you don’t have to be at your computer at a set time.

Instead, you’ll work the material into your day, aiming to complete each Challenge Set before the next one is released. The idea here is for the course to be flexible with your busy schedule, yet still provide some structure to keep you on track.

Challenge sets are a mixture of text, images, and videos. Using this mixed media approach we’ll break down topics on a human level, while frequently having you write your own code and solving problems.

Challenges wrap up with Checkpoints that let you gauge your grasp of the material and give you an opportunity to practice what you’ve learned.

When you get stuck, you can turn to the course Study Group, which is a forum for interacting with your classmates and instructor.

In terms of prior experience, our courses are beginner-friendly and unless otherwise stated, we only use software that is free and available for both Mac/PC.

Check out our Course Orientation for a more in depth look at how our courses work...

Why take a WCC course?

We keep you on track.

Tutorials, learn-x-in-y-days, libraries of videos and learning material—there are a lot of great resources for learning, but sometimes, it’s hard to stick with it when you’re going it alone.

Our classes are designed to combat abandoned efforts by teaming you up with other people (accountability) and using soft deadlines (structure) distributed throughout the week.

Small, focused, dedicated.

The WCC is not a massively open online course system, and we’re not looking to take over the world.

We’re a small team of educators and programmers, with some of us bringing 15+ years of experience to the table, while others were in your shoes just a short while ago.

Regardless of our background, we share a passion for women-centered education and creating online spaces that share similar vibes to a small, in-person classroom.

The content is always yours and always up-to-date.

We frequently revise our material, fine-tuning for the clearest explanations, the best metaphors, and the most up-to date information.

Even after you complete your course, we’ll continue to update the material as the given topic evolves, and you’ll have full access to all of these updates.

You can also continue to participate and ask questions in your course Study Group, even after the course ends.

Real tools, real environments, real work.

We believe the best way to learn is to get your hands dirty with the actual tools web developers use.

Many online learning platforms use web browser-based code simulators, which can be useful for sharpening your understanding of a particular language, but the skills learned via these simulators are often hard to transfer to the real world.

In our courses we’ll have you completing projects, troubleshooting, and running your work in real environments.

Happy Students

Belinda D. “The course progressed logically, just as it would in a book, but the online environment made a huge difference. Interspersed with the reading, there were short video screencasts, fun diagrams, and checkpoints to test just how much you are absorbing. PLUS—and this is huge— they use metaphors to explain the more abstract concepts, which I find enormusly helpful.”
Anne M. “I love the Women's Coding Collective format; the segmented, super-convenient lesson schedule, the study group interaction, the screencasts, the very appealing interface, and working with some of the best instructors on the planet!”
Stephanie R. “I work in Leadership and Development and have seen a lot of (bad) e-learnings but this platform is so engaging and easy to use. I love that we get short lessons every couple of days and it's not overwhelming. I also love the community via the Study Group.”