What is HTML?

Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is the standard markup language used to display documents in a web browser. HTML uses tags to label pieces of content as different parts of a web document, such as headings, paragraphs, or links.

First developed by Tim Berners Lee in 1990 while working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), HTML was one of the key innovative technologies used to publish the world’s first website on August 6, 1991. Since that time, HTML has been significantly updated and expanded but its basic purpose — to format and structure web pages — remains the same.

For more educational resources related to HTML, please visit:

  • How To Build a Website With HTML tutorial series
  • How To Build a Website With HTML: A DigitalOcean Workshop Kit
  • How To Build a Website With HTML ebook

A complete list of educational resources related to HTML is available on our HTML page.