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How learning HTML can help you

  • Published on March 17, 2022
How learning HTML can help you

The foundation of every website is HTML, or Hypertext Markup Language. Together with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), HTML is the backbone behind webpages and even many apps. Because HTML tells web browsers what content to display, it controls and structures online content. Learning HTML helps you to better understand how web pages are constructed, as well as create or edit existing web pages. HTML uses tags that tell web browsers what text, graphics, videos, and other content appears on a page. Alongside CSS, which tells the content where to display, it becomes critical to learn HTML to create or edit any content online. Understanding HTML makes it possible to create better online content more quickly. Even those who do not develop their own sites benefit by having an understanding of HTML as they often wish to edit existing pages, or need to collaborate with others who are creating content.

Who Needs to Learn HTML

Because HTML serves as the foundation of all web pages, anyone wishing to perform any kind of web development or web design needs to learn HTML. You will need to know HTML to add hyperlinks, create headings, and include graphics and videos on a site. HTML5 provides a powerful set of markup tags controls the way that most people view online communication. There are introductory HTML classes and more advanced HTML5 courses for learning basic through advanced skills, along with CSS courses for those needing to know advanced formatting skills.

Learning HTML for use in WordPress or other CMS

Marketing professionals, content professionals, writers, web producers and others who use content management systems (CMS) also benefit from learning HTML. While the CMS appears to remove most website coding, an understanding of the basic principles of HTML markup is extremely useful. Very often content management systems produce results that need refinement, and tools such as WordPress and Drupal allow for HTML editing for those who understand coding and markup. A working knowledge of HTML allows you to fix problem within a CMS such as WordPress or Drupal immediately without the need to involve a web developer. Many employers look for employees with at least basic HTML skills, and learning HTML can help you land a new job or get ahead in an existing role.

Options for learning HTML

One of the fastest ways to learn basic web coding is with HTML classes that can help you to learn HTML quickly by teaching the proper structure, form, and use of HTML tags. Learning HTML is more than understanding a group of tags, as it involves learning proper form, knowing which tags are used by modern browsers, as well as those no longer supported. You can find HTML classes in Boston, as well as in New York City and also in Philadelphia. If you are unable to travel to a classroom, live online HTML classes are also an option for real-time instructor-led learning. Advanced HTML5 courses along with CSS training classes are also availabe for web developers or designers who wish to learn more advanced techniques in web layout. Course participants gain skills that can be put to use right away in creating or modifying websites.

About the author

Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the publisher and editor of the Digital Classroom book series, which have sold more than one million copies. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers and to large technology companies including Google, Apple, Microsoft, and HP. An expert on web analytics and digital marketing, he delivers Google Analytics classes along with workshops on digital marketing topics. He is also the author of more than 10 books on electronic publishing tools and technologies, including the Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for 20 years.