Why Should I Learn HTML?
When you’re not the one creating or designing a website, it can seem silly to learn a whole coding language. But if you own, write for, or need a website of any sort, you should really learn HTML basics.
You don’t need to know how to create a whole website from scratch, but knowing how the most frequently used HTML tags works will be beneficial to you, your coworkers and anyone you hire to create a website or online content.
An understanding of HTML will make your life easier. After all, it’s a digital world, and we’re all just living in it. Since HTML is the most important language for websites, it’s the most important language to learn.
So, what exactly does learning HTML entail?
Well, that all depends on how in depth you’d like to go into HTML. If you focus on learning HTML, it typically only takes one to two weeks.
However, it’s important to remember to put the things you’re learning into practice. It’s incredibly easy to fall into simply Googling things that you don’t bother to remember or practice. (I may be slightly too familiar with this.)
Your particular learning style may dictate how you best memorize the basics of HTML. Maybe you just need to study a list of the basics over and over until they’re stuck — in which case you should check out our basics of HTML.
Need more interactivity? Mimo is a great (and free!) app that teaches a variety of languages, including HTML. There are a variety of other options out there as well, like Khan Academy, which relies on videos to teach, or Code Academy’s interactive interface.
Benefits of Learning HTML
Once you’ve learned HTML, you’ll be quick to spot problems in your website, more able to describe problems, capable of creating better content, and of capturing more traffic.
That’s a lot of promises, I know. But learning a simple tool like HTML can really help you achieve all of it.
If you’re capable with HTML, it’s easier to note something that isn’t quite the way it should be. Text displaying incorrectly, floating in the wrong area, or formatting in strange ways? With HTML knowledge, you can see and fix it quickly on a page. If the problem is across your website, you can describe the problem more clearly to your developer.
If you can write your own HTML tags, your content is far more likely to be SEO friendly and easy on human eyes. When you use the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor on WordPress or any other CMS, you’ll likely be using bold tags instead of strong tags, the wrong size header for SEO values and more.
Although bold and strong tags look the same on your screen, only one signifies to search engines that what is written in bold is important to the article. If you’re wondering, it’s the strong tags.
Knowing what kinds of headers exist and how to tag them properly will help your SEO immensely. Generally, the closer to “1” your header tag is, the more important the words in the header are. If you’re only choosing a header size based on its literal size, you’re missing out on some important SEO juice.
Don’t like the sizes of the higher importance header tags? Talk to a designer or CSS coder to change them!
Learning how to write and read HTML doesn’t mean that you have to painstakingly write out each post or piece of content you work on by hand. Nor does it mean that you have to create the content!
But it will make it easier for you to find and fix mistakes, give you the option of doing your own work instead of paying others, and generally improve your productivity.
If you have any reason to have a web presence outside of Facebook, you should learn HTML!