Intro to HTML & CSS

Want to learn how to build your own website? Already have your own Tumblr/Wordpress/etc site, but want to have more control over it? Interested in learning to program but want to start small? This class is for you!

We will guide you through the basics of HTML and CSS, give you some readily-applicable skills, and answer any questions you may have along the way.

The course will be taught by Laura Vecchio, a Rich Application Developer at Bose ( If you're interested in helping out as a Teaching Assistant, please let us know.

This 4-class HTML/CSS course runs for four Thursdays. The cost of the class is for all four classes.

  1. Class 1, Introduction to HTML: Apr 11, 6-8pm
  2. Class 2, Introduction to CSS: Apr 18, 6-8pm
  3. Class 3, HTML, beyond the basics: Apr 25, 6-8pm
  4. Class 4, CSS, layouts and formatting: May 2, 6-8pm

Please install the following on your computer prior to class:

  • A code editor. (We recommend Notepad++ for Windows and SublimeText or TextWrangler for Mac.)
  • A modern browser. (We recommend Google Chrome (best) or Mozilla Firefox with the Firebug plugin.)

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  • Mary B.

    While I've still a lot to learn, after taking the class I've been able to go in and alter HTML for my company's WordPress blog. Just minor cosmetic changes for now but their default coding functions have been so restrictive & wonky it's great to finally make it look more like I want it to. Also am applying these new skills a bit to my personal Blogger site (see profile for link!).

    May 8, 2013

  • Laura V.

    Hi ladies,

    I've placed all of my files up on my server for you to download. Go to this URL and the zip file should auto-download for you:

    Hope you all enjoyed Class 3 tonight. Since next week is the last class of the series, if there is anything you would like me to spend more time on, don't hesitate to ask.

    As a reminder, following next week's class we will be heading to Abigail's for a drink together to celebrate all our hard work! Hope you all can make it. See you next week,


    2 · April 25, 2013

  • Maria

    Really glad I signed up! Great group of women!

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • Lindsay

    I had a great time, looking forward to learning more!

    1 · April 12, 2013

  • Alexandra S.

    Amazing! Laura was great! I had an awesome time and can't wait for the next one!

    2 · April 12, 2013

    • Laura V.

      Thank you Alex, it was great to meet you!

      1 · April 12, 2013

    • Alexandra S.

      great to meet you too!!

      1 · April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent! I have never been in the company of so many women interested in coding. I was energized by met inspiring people and the open, supportive, collaborative environment. Great job!

    3 · April 12, 2013

  • Sylvia

    It was great. Well organized. Good group of people. Really good start.

    3 · April 11, 2013

    • Laura V.

      Thank you Sylvia! Looking forward to next week!

      April 12, 2013

  • Ishani P.

    When we sign up for this first class, do we pay $90 up front with the assumption that we will be attending all 4 classes?

    April 7, 2013

    • Annette A.

      Hey there,
      Correct, payment is processed when you register for the class. (If there's any risk that you cannot make all 4 classes, then we strongly recommend that you wait for another class that better fits your schedule.) Hope that helps, let us know if you have any other questions. :)

      April 7, 2013

  • Bhakti V.

    Sooooo excited for the first class...!!

    2 · March 31, 2013

  • Sylvia

    Does this class require that I bring a laptop with me? Because I only have a desktop.

    March 16, 2013

    • Lindsay

      I have the same problem. I am signed up, but I only have an iMac.

      March 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm bringing a laptop so someone can share with me.

      1 · March 26, 2013

  • Cynthia H.

    When is the last day we can pay for the classes? I really want to attend but it would mean missing work for 4 Thursdays in row, have to run it by my boss before I decide to go forth with the payment.

    March 21, 2013

    • Annette A.

      We take students up until the day before - generally, we only try to cut it off so that we can make sure we have enough spaces/cords/materials for everyone. :)

      March 23, 2013

    • Elizabeth L.

      Hey Cynthia - You can pay for the class up until the day of the class. Hope you can join us! We are working on getting other classes scheduled and we will offer this one again.

      March 23, 2013

  • Kristina

    will this class be offered after May 2? These dates are really bad for me, but I want to take this class.

    March 15, 2013

    • Elizabeth L.

      Yep we are working on that too :)

      March 15, 2013

    • Annette A.

      The majority of our classes with be in Boston/Cambridge/Somervi­lle but we'll branch out to the other cities occasionally for the commuters.

      March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why is this so expensive? Were is the money going? Is this really a non-profit group?

    March 6, 2013

    • Elizabeth L.

      Hello there! Thanks for your question! The costs of the class is $11.25 per instruction hour. The class is 8 hours of instruction over 4 nights. Half of the fees are to pay the instructor the other half is used to cover costs to coordinate and rent space for classes, host events for the group and a small portion is sent to headquarters to cover cost associated with supporting all chapters and creating new curriculum. We are absolutely a non-profit organization that puts all of our "profits" into the perpetuating our mission. We are looking into finding businesses to sponsor our class/events so costs can be lowered and scholarships can also be offered. I hope this answers your question - please email me directly if you have any more questions. We are having a free event on March 27 (check out the Social Mixer on the meetup page for details) where we will be talking more about what we do and meeting ladies who are a part of the group!

      4 · March 8, 2013

  • danielle c.

    Any chance that any of these courses might end up online? I live in Dubai and won't be moving back to Boston until June . . . Thanks! So happy to have found GDI! x

    March 3, 2013

    • Annette A.

      Just emailed you, keep an eye out :)

      March 5, 2013

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