The ABCs Of HTML: A Basic TutorialThe ABCs Of HTML: A Basic Tutorial

More and more individuals and businesses are learning the value of building Internet presence. The Internet has revolutionized the way people and enterprises do business. For example, in the past, you needed to set up offices or recruit associates in different countries if you want to penetrate these markets. Today, however, everything can be done on the Internet, including making a sale and purchasing, as well as any other transactions that were impossible before. But most of these things--including electronic commerce--can only be done if you have a website. If you want to learn how to make your own website, or you want to create websites for others for a fee, the first thing that you need to do is to learn how to make a HTML website.

What is HTML? If the term sounds unfamiliar to you, then that is probably where you need to start: finding out what it means. HTML is short for "hypertext markup language." It refers to a set of tags and rules used for developing hypertext documents. Still doesn't sound English to you? Simply put, HTML is the publishing language most popularly used in the Internet. You may have heard about all the other website development platforms like ASP, PHP and XHTML, but you need not bother with them right now. All these are based on HTML, so before you can jump on to more complicated platform, you have to know how to make a HTML website first. There is no need to fear either that learning how to build HTML websites might be too complicated for you. The basic rule when it comes to HTML coding is this: If you can type, you can learn HTML.

Now, let's move on the tutorial proper. You can find many websites that offer free tutorial. Some even have videos that teach you how to code. The most helpful resources are those websites that offer a comprehensive but simple tutorial, from the basics of developing a website using HTML codes, which begins with creating a simple HTML tag, up to uploading your web pages to the World Wide Web for everyone to see. An adjunct of HTML is CSS, short for "compliant style sheets." While HTML refers to the codes, CSS refers to ways of formatting different pages and texts according to the standards.

The easiest way to learning how to develop websites using HTML is to try to write the code yourself using a HTML editor like Windows' NotePad or WordPad. When you begin coding, it is important to save the files in HTML format and not in text format. To do this, simply click on the File Menu, select "Save As" and append the .html extension at the end of the filename. Otherwise, all you will see when you view it using a browser are the codes.

You can view how your HTML codes look like from a web browser after you are finished writing your HTML codes. Or you can also check your work in progress as often as you want. To do this, launch your Internet browser, find the "Work Offline" option and click on it. From here, browse for the file that you just saved and click on it to open. Now you have an idea on how to make a html website and preview it from your browser.
by Andrew Collier
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