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Coding A Website - Basics

How do I code a Website?

HTML is the language used to create most static web sites. It is a simple, universal mark-up language that allows for the creation of complex pages of text and images that can be viewed by anyone else on the web, regardless of what kind of computer or browser.

No special software is necessary to create an HTML page; all you need is a text editor (such as notepad) and a working knowledge of HTML. And you can get a basic knowledge of html in a matter of hours. However, creating a complex web page that looks good often takes months, even years to master. Add to that scripting languages for interactivity and style sheets for advanced formatting, it becomes clear that a beginner can easily design a website that might be beyond their ability to code.

HTML Overview

You don't need to spend a lot on special software to code your html page. In the beginning we all used notepad to create web pages. Notepad ++ (or son of notepad) is one of the easiest and quickest programs for coding... and it is free!

Used by itself, or with simple scripting and style sheets, HTML is just a series of tags that are integrated into a text document. They’re a lot like stage directions — silently telling the browser what to do, and what props to use.

HTML tags are distinguished from the regular text because they are placed in small angle brackets. So the paragraph tag is <p>, and the blockquote tag is <blockquote>.

Some tags dictate how the page will be formatted, others dictate how the words appear (bold or italic). Still others provide information that doesn't appear on the page itself, but gives the browser information on what scripts will be called or provide keywords for use in search engines.

The basic HTML page begins with the tag <html> and ends with </html>. In between, the file has two sections – the header and the body.

The header – enclosed by the <head> and </head> tags – contains information about a page that won’t appear on the page itself, such as the title, keywords, and where the style sheet and scripts are located. The body – enclosed by <body> and </body> – is what you see. Everything that appears on the page is contained within these tags.

Can I...

Do it myself?

Yes. There are hundreds of books, online tutorials and training guides. Good ones will have you coding your first page within a week, if not sooner.

Learn How?

There are many websites that offer tutorials on html. The best interactive tutorial on html (which is free) is w3schools.com. Their site does a great job of explaining html coding and offers interactive examples that you can use.

We offer hands-on tutoring in either a classroom setting or at your location.

Hire a professional?

Some folks do prefer to have their website coded by a designer. However, since you are reading this section, you have thought about doing it yourself.

Do without it?

I think you know the answer to that!

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