What is HTML: Understanding The Content Layer of a Webpage

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You may have heard the term HTML thrown around quite a bit and probably have only a little bit of an understanding. This article will explain what it is, the five core tags within every HTML document, and why it is important to know regardless of your trade.

What is HTML: The Definition and Its Use

HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language which comprises of one word, sometimes a letter or two, commands enclosed within the less than sign (<) and greater than sign (>). These commands, called HTML Tags, help display the content you want your audience to read and see on your webpage by placing the content in between the opening and closing commands.

Below is an image showing both the code and design views (or split view) of a simple webpage using Adobe Dreamweaver, an industry leading design and development program that assists in creating web standards based websites. I use Dreamweaver in every web project I do and will be using it while showing you how to code unless otherwise noted.

What is HTML

There is A LOT going on in the code section above but very little is shown in the design area. When you create an HTML document, every tag you use will help to display the actual content of your page the way you want BUT these tags do not show when viewed on the web.

What is HTML: Why Should You Learn It

Web designers and developers are realizing that they each need to know what the other does in order to expand their marketability and work harmoniously. Designers will end up becoming better designers if they know how to code a website and since Adobe Dreamweaver helps programers and designers make websites, it won’t be very difficult to code a site.

If you are an aspiring web developer, learning HTML is the first place you should start your web coding career. It is the simplest of the web programing languages you will learn and is fundamental before learning CSS and JavaScript.

Whether you are a hairstylist, photographer, handyman, or a professional in any of the numerous careers in existence, learning how to code using HTML will benefit you when you are ready to get your business online. It is true that there are templates out there for you to use (some free, some paid) to add your content, but there will come a time when you’ll have to adjust the coding yourself. So learning the basics will help.

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