How to Get Started with HTML in a Web Page

Basics of HTML

Hyper Text Markup Language, or as you know it HTML, is the markup language for most web pages on the Internet. Now, it is not exactly a language like English or Spanish, which we communicate with verbally. A markup language is a system for editing text in a way that changes how the text looks or how you interact with it. Where you use funny looking code to make one section of text look different than the other, the code in question is not seen by the end user. The server the web page is coming from, and the user’s browser come together to help mesh it together as something that is seen as visually appealing to the end user.

Parts of a Web Page, Explained

Before you learn how to create your own web page, you need to learn what all the parts of the website do, and what they are there for. We covered some of these in the Basics of HTML tutorial, but I am going to mention those again and a few more you need for a basic HTML web page. All web pages are written with a mix of content and code, and you must learn how to mix these elements correctly for your website to come out looking correctly.

Website Navigation

The navigation section of your website is one of the most important factors to a website. Why? The navigation is what allows you to move from one section of the website to the next, linking web pages to web pages, and in all making a website work. Here I hope to explain why website navigation is important, along with a few other key factors you should remember when creating your website.

Body Tag Modifiers

There are several HTML tags that can act as modifiers to how the web page looks visually. First, let us re-visit the body tags. The body tags are there to tell the browser what part of the document is going to be visible to the end user when viewing the web page. This is marked up in your HTML code by putting awhere your web page’s content begins and atags where it ends.

HTML Formatting Tags

When it comes to formatting a web page using HTML code, you can think of it (kind of) in the same way you would look at formatting a document formatted by a word processor. You have your headlines to show you where one section starts and stops. You have your paragraphs to break up blocks of text, and you have line breaks to show where there should be a new line started. Now I am going to show you how to get some of these things done using HTML.