How To Add a Footer To Your Webpage With HTML

Updated on August 9, 2021

Senior Manager, DevEd

How To Add a Footer To Your Webpage With HTML

A website footer is the final block of content at the bottom of a webpage. Footers can contain any type of HTML content, including text, images, and links. In this final tutorial of the series, we’ll create the following basic footer for our webpage using a <footer> element:


To get started, paste the following code snippet after your closing </div> tag and before your closing </body> tag:

. . .
<footer style="height:auto; background-color:#F7C201;">
  <h1><Made with 🤍 at DigitalOcean</h1>
. . .

In this snippet, <!--Footer--> is a comment that will not be read by the browser and is used to help organize our html file for the purpose of human readability. Below this comment, we have added a <footer> element, specified its background color, and used the style attribute to set its height to automatically adjust to the content inside. A <footer> element is a semantic element in that its name tells the developer the purpose of the content. This is helpful for developers as well as for site visitors who use screen readers. Otherwise, the <footer> element works just like a <div> element.

We have also added text content and an emoji inside the <h1> element. Feel free to change this text content with a message and emoji of your choosing.

Save your file and reload it in the browser to check the results. You should receive something like this:

Unstyled footer

Notice that our footer content is not quite like the one in the demonstration site. Our footer content has a white bottom margin and the text has different styling. To remove the bottom margin and style the text, add the highlighted attributes to your <h1> element like so:

<h1 style="color:white; padding:40px; margin:0; text-align:center;"Made with 🤍 at DigitalOcean</h1>

Save the file and reload it in the browser. You should now have a footer styled in the same manner as the demonstration site pictured at the top of this tutorial.

In this tutorial you have learned how to create and style a footer. You can now explore adding different types of content and styling to your footer using elements from this tutorial series.

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Tutorial Series: How To Build a Website with HTML

This tutorial series will guide you through creating and further customizing this website using HTML, the standard markup language used to display documents in a web browser. No prior coding experience is necessary but we recommend you start at the beginning of the series if you wish to recreate the demonstration website.

At the end of this series, you should have a website ready to deploy to the cloud and a basic familiarity with HTML. Knowing how to write HTML will provide a strong foundation for learning additional front-end web development skills, such as CSS and JavaScript.

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