The Basics of Web Coding
By: Jared Mikuls
Building a website isn’t so different from building a house. Before you can put in the wiring you need walls, and before you put up walls, you need to lay a foundation. In the world of web design, HTML (which stands for Hypertext Markup Language) is your foundation. HTML, which is by far the easiest language to use, is used to insert all of your content on to your web page. With just a little bit of code, you can upload all of your headings, paragraphs, and images on to your website.
While mastering HTML isn’t too difficult, it will leave your website looking like it was made in 1999; and that’s where CSS comes in. If HTML is your website’s foundations, then Cascading Style Sheets is the website’s walls. You can use CSS to stylize any element of the page and further control the layout of the site. Want to change all of your headers to a certain font or add a gradient background to the site? Easy. Take a look at the example below to see how you can use CSS to upgrade your HTML code.
It may seem like a lot at first, but understanding how web coding works can take your site from good to great. Of course, you can continue to use website builders like Wordpress, Squarespace, or Wix; but if you understand how the code works you can customize your sites further than before and troubleshoot any errors with a breeze. This was just a brief introduction to the world of web coding, but if you’re interested in learning more about coding there are tons of free resources out there to get you started. I’ve listed a few of my favorites below. Good luck! W3 Schools