Most of us don’t need to know HTML, but we all write on the web, so we’re using HTML whether we understand it or not. Knowing a few simple tricks will save you from some common frustrations and help you organize your online writing more clearly.

This guide will give you a simplified look at only the HTML tags, styles, and syntax that you can do in a visual text editor (or “WYSIWYG” editor) like the ones in webmail, blogs, and LMSes. It’s not intended to be a complete education in HTML, but rather a commonsense guide for everyday users who want to get more out of their online writing.

This course is for you if…

  • A lot of the writing you do ends up on websites, blogs, learning management systems, or other online spaces.
  • You’re pretty happy writing in web-based text editors but you’re curious about how HTML works.


  • Headings
  • Paragraphs
  • Links (coming soon!)
  • Images (coming soon!)
  • Lists (coming soon!)
  • Bold & Italics (coming soon!)
  • Tables (coming soon!)
  • Markdown (coming soon!)
  • Tech Tools for Web Writers
  • HTML Cheat Sheet