Knowing the Basics: HTML and Designing your First Website

There is a lot of website building software you can work with if you’re building your first webpage. These programs will make it easier for you to set up shop, advertise a brick and mortar store, or simply to blog about a hobby that really interests you. If you’re planning to develop this simple website into something more complicated and professional-looking in the long run, then learning the basics of html is a must. HTML stands for hypertext markup language, and it has been used in websites since the internet became a commercialized space.

Of course, later on, more advanced and better looking languages, like the CSS, took over the websites, but html is still used by a lot of people because it’s easy to learn. You’ll recognize the less than (<) and more than (>) symbols when you look at an html code. These encapsulate the “tags” or commands ID in a website’s html code. In between the symbols, you’ll see a word. This could be “font” or “title” or “body”. The first word you’ll see in the tag is called the element.

The element is then followed by the attribute, for example, the word “size” after font which marks that the tag is used to control the font size of your text. The attribute is then followed by an equal sign (=) and a numeric value. This numeric value will control the size (attribute) of your font (element). Tags also come in twos. The opening tag contain these parts, while the closing tag (which comes after the text or object you’d like to be displayed on your webpage) contained a less than symbol (<), a slash (/), the element (font) and a more than symbol (>).

In other words, to display the word “Hello” on your website, you can manually type this on a word pad and submit it to your platform:

Hello

The closing tag tells the program that the command for that specific website element had already ended, and that the rest of the text included in the code will control another element of the website. It would seem tedious to try to mince html codes today, what with all the available programs to build websites easily. However, knowing the basics of html always helps, especially when you’re trying to fix a bug in your codes.

Of course, later on, more advanced and better looking languages, like the CSS, took over the websites, but html is still used by a lot of people because it’s easy to learn. You’ll recognize the less than (<) and more than (>) symbols when you look at an html code. These encapsulate the “tags” or commands ID in a website’s html code. In between the symbols, you’ll see a word. This could be “font” or “title” or “body”. The first word you’ll see in the tag is called the element.

The element is then followed by the attribute, for example, the word “size” after font which marks that the tag is used to control the font size of your text. The attribute is then followed by an equal sign (=) and a numeric value. This numeric value will control the size (attribute) of your font (element). Tags also come in twos. The opening tag contain these parts, while the closing tag (which comes after the text or object you’d like to be displayed on your webpage) contained a less than symbol (<), a slash (/), the element (font) and a more than symbol (>).

In other words, to display the word “Hello” on your website, you can manually type this on a word pad and submit it to your platform:

Hello

The closing tag tells the program that the command for that specific website element had already ended, and that the rest of the text included in the code will control another element of the website. It would seem tedious to try to mince html codes today, what with all the available programs to build websites easily. However, knowing the basics of html always helps, especially when you’re trying to fix a bug in your codes.

To ensure you’re websites coding is clean and correct contract Ignition Media’s professional Gold Coast website designers to develop your website. Clean, light and correct coding will not only ensure you’re website loads faster, but also ranks better on the search engines.

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