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Introduction to HTML

Sunday, January 29, 2012

If you want to develop your own website, you will need to learn HTML. Many people often think it is too difficult to develop a website. I can assure you that it isn't that hard once you learn the basics. It is possible to get a basic web page up and running in a few minutes. Also, there is no need for you to immediately go out and buy software to design a website. In reality, you can start with any text editor. Of course, once you begin to design pages using server or client side scripting, editing tools are a big help. while there are a lot of different programs that can generate code for you by "dragging and dropping", the best way to develop your own web pages is by learning how to do it yourself. Fortunately, it is simple and free and you already have all the software you need.

What is HTML?

HTML is a language used for developing web pages. HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. It is not a programming language, but considered as a markup language. HTML uses markup tags to instruct the web browser how to display information to the user on the screen.

Do I need a webserver?

You do need a webserver once you are ready to host a website. However, you do not need a webserver to develop your web pages. Again, all you really need is a text editor, such as notepad to begin to develop pages.

Do I absolutely need HTML?

If you want to make a web site, there is no way around HTML. Even if you're using a program to create web pages, a basic knowledge of HTML can make a huge difference in customizing your pages so they look exactly as you need them to. Even if you use a server side scripting language, the additional code is used in conjuction with HTML. The web server processes the code and returns HTML back to the browser.

Save As...

HTML files are saved with either the file extension .htm or .html. Either is fine to save as. There is no difference between them.

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