What is HTML?

HTML

We have all heard about a technology called HTML, but fewer of us know what it is, how does it work and how can we make use of it.

In this article, I give you an overview of HTML.

#1 – What is HTML?

HTML is the oldest way of creating websites and everything that runs online now. HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. In other words, HTML represents a code language used for website creation.

Users of HTML say that once you’ve learned the basics, it’s easy to use. HTML became accessible for everyone, as there are many tutorials on how to use it and make it efficient.

HTML is a markup language. If you have used other markup languages before, it should be really easy to understand for you.

#2 – How does HTML work?

HTML has a large list of shortcodes. These are called tags. There are nearly 100 different HTML5 tags, but don’t worry you don’t have to know them all. You need to know about 10 easy ones and you are good to go.

HTML Code

All you have to do is write some tags into a file and save it with .html extension. If the syntax is valid you can view it in your web browser. Any web browser today can read HTML5 code alongside with CSS and JavaScript.

#3 – Why do we need HTML?

HTML + CSS + JavaScript is the most basic way of creating websites. All other tools like for example WordPress, Wix or even React.js generate your input into these 3 languages. It’s just how the web works.

Website builders handle HTML code for you, but it is still really useful to know how it works. Imagine you have a bug, that you cannot find a solution to. Imagine if you knew HTML, CSS, and JavaScript you would probably find the bug with ease and react on in.

You can check HTML code in your browser by navigating to any site, right-clicking on it and pressing inspect.

Chrome HTML Inspector

For ease of, course using tool like Wix or WordPress is recommended depending on your needs, but in my personal opinion, it is also important to know the basics.

HTML is the skeleton of the Internet. Nor CSS or JavaScript will work if there’s no HTML code at the base of it.

I can give you 3 why you need HTML:

  • You can easily find and repair bugs in your websites.
  • You are not limited to software tools like website builders.
  • You could apply for a job in website development.

So go to your web browser and start digging the HTML of other peoples’ websites. You can learn a lot from doing it.

I like clean, beautiful, and easy-to-use websites. I hope my articles will help you create one!

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