Understanding the Basics of HTML

To understand the techniques and skills required to build a website, you must first understand the background of website building. This is HTML. It is the language that is used widely by web designers and web developers to design the fundamentals of their websites. The HTML acronym means Hyper Text Markup Language. It is a language used to describe webpages. Creating a web page isn’t really that difficult if you know the basic things as these are the foundations that will guide yout hrough the wwhole process of creating a site.The HTML program is made up of HTML tags as well as plain text. Both are integrated into what we know as web pages.

Just about anyone can make a website using HTML. All you need is a simple text editor, like Notepad, BBedit or TextEdit. As long as you have one of these or even an online HTML text editor, like CKEditor, Open BEXI, or TinyMCE you are good to go. However, you do not need an HTML editor to create a website, all you need is a plain text editor.

A Basic HTML File

One of the first things to understand about HTML is when you are saving the file; use an htm or html extension with the file name. For instance, if you are going to name your file “MyProfile”, it should be saved as “MyProfile.htm” or “MyProfile.html”.

Basics of HTML Tags

In addition, it is very important to understand about tags. Tags or HTML tags are HTML elements used to create HTML documents or webpages. These tags allow you to view the webpages on browsers, like Firefox, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome. However, you should be aware that not all browsers support all the HTML tags. Before you upload your webpage, you should test them on the various browsers to see which browsers are compatible with the HTML tags you are using in your web page.

All HTML tags have an opening and a closing tag. The opening tag is enclosed in a left arrow ( lt;) and a right arrow ( gt;), while the closing tag includes a left arrow ( lt;), a forward slash (/) and a right arrow ( gt;). If you were writing an html tag, for instance a heading, you would write it like this,  lt; h1  gt; My First Web Page  lt; /h1  gt; . This is pretty much how all the html tags are written, except for the text. You can write any text for your heading. There are many different HTML tags, but the ones that are widely used are heading tags, paragraph tags, link tags, style tags, and image tags. Many others are used but these are the basic ones. You must also be aware that some tags have certain syntaxes (the rules or patterns) and predefined words that you should use.

This is just an introduction to HTML but you can utilize a reputable HTML tutorial for a better understanding. It is essential though, to understand the basics before jumping into building a website. This will give you a better understanding of HTML and the syntax surrounding the language.