Learning HTML is still popular among people who want to start creating websites.

In this post, we will take a closer look at this issue. We will describe the basics of HTML, ways to learn it and alternative methods of creating websites.


Is HTML worth learning in 2020? How to start? What alternatives are available?

10 September 2020

 

What is HTML

HTML, or Hyper Text Markup Language, is the language used to create web pages. It allows you to describe not only the content that will be on the page, but also the form in which it will be presented to the user on the screen.

The origins of HTML date back to 1980, when the ENQUIRE system was created at the CERN research center, which made it possible to access documents physically located in different places using hyperlinks. On its basis, the WWW service was developed, which is still the basis of the Internet functioning today.

What does HTML consist of

HTML consists of two basic elements.

To jest element tekstowy. Kliknij ten element dwukrotnie, aby edytować tekst. Możesz też dowolnie zmieniać rozmiar i położenie tego elementu oraz wszelkie parametry wliczając w to tło, obramowanie i wiele innych. Elementom tekstowych możesz też ustawić animację, dzięki czemu, gdy użytkownik strony wyświetli je na ekranie, pokażą się one z wybranym efektem.

In addition, we can find here character references and data types.

Other elements include references and document type declarations.

The second are attributes - information that is invisible to the website user.

The first is tags that affect the appearance and functionality of the content. For example, they may indicate bold, italics, or the presence of a hyperlink. 

HTML and CSS

 

The term HTML is often used in conjunction with another acronym - CSS. The latter term refers to Cascading Style Sheets. This is the language that tells the web browser how the page is to be displayed on the screen.

 

Creating HTML without knowing CSS is only possible for very simple websites that contain mostly text. Therefore, for professional website development with coding, it is necessary to master both languages.

Is learning HTML difficult

As you can see from the definition, HTML is quite a complicated topic. An analytical mind is required to master it. So learning HTML will not be an easy task for everyone. As you will see in a moment, it is not impossible, however. Moreover, it is a great introduction to learning other languages as HTML is one of the less complicated.

 

How to learn HTML basics

There are many ways to learn HTML. The choice of a specific method will depend primarily on the preferences and capabilities of the student. The most common choice is one of the 4 paths.

Studies

This is the most obvious path for people who want to become a professional website builder. Learning HTML is part of computer science studies. We can also opt for specialized postgraduate studies.

This does not mean that college is the only, or even the best, method. Especially that the alternative solutions can be used by both people who are too young to study and everyone who wants to broaden their knowledge. However, the IT studies program is much wider and those who want to master HTML and CSS quickly will have to deal with many issues that are not necessarily interesting to them

Textbooks

There are many textbooks for learning HTML on the market, many of them also contain information on CSS, which is also important when creating websites. Textbooks facilitate the systematization of knowledge. They are a good solution, above all, for people who can organize their time well and devote it to regular study.

The downside of textbooks is that the knowledge contained in them ages very quickly. Computer science is a dynamically developing field. It must be remembered that some knowledge in the textbook may be outdated.

Online Courses

Online, you can easily find high-quality training in remote mode. Their advantage, compared to studies, is shorter duration and often lower costs. In contrast to working with books independently, we can sometimes count on the support of the teacher who will help dispel doubts and answer all questions.

Boot camps

Intensive HTML Courses are a good solution for people who want to learn quickly. Their advantage is also the fact that classes are held at specific times, which affects the self-discipline of students and improves results.

Unfortunately, somehow the knowledge passed on at many boot camps can be insufficient. Therefore, before using the offer of one of them, it is good to look for opinions on the Internet. Many of these types of courses are not worth the money.

Regardless of the method chosen, you have to remember that knowledge must be constantly expanded and updated. Even the best specialist who does not follow changes and does not develop skills will quickly lag behind, and thus lose their position on the market.

 

Is HTML worth learning in 2020?

Knowledge of HTML will certainly be useful for people who associate their future with professional website development. It is the basis of creating websites and knowing it certainly helps in understanding the principles that govern this process.

On the other hand, the creation of websites is subject to automation. Therefore, the demand for HTML specialists is slowly decreasing, although it is not likely to disappear completely.

A similar situation has happened many times in history. The establishment of clothing factories resulted in a significant decrease in the demand for tailor services. This does not mean, however, that this profession has disappeared. There is a group of specialists dealing in sewing exclusive clothes to order or corrections.

This is likely to happen in the future with HTML-based web developers. There will be less and less of them, but the best specialists will easily find employment. Knowledge of HTML will become less and less important in everyday work on websites

HTML page creation - for and against

The use of HTML can be considered the primary way to build a website. Many people think he is still the best. What are its advantages and disadvantages?

 

Pros:

  • Page loading speed;

  • Low hosting cost

  • High quality of the code

  • Good protection of the website against hacking attacks

  • Simple backup

  • Easy code editing

 

Cons:

  • The necessity of thorough knowledge of HTML

  • Elements that appear on many subpages (e.g. footer) must be changed separately on each of them

  • It is difficult to integrate the website with SEO tools and other plugins

  • No administration panel that allows easy content updating

Although coding the website with HTML has its advantages, you should pay attention to two drawbacks of this solution:. The biggest problem is probably the lack of updating via the CMS panel.

 

What are other ways to create a website

Currently, it is less and less common to create pages from scratch using HTML. What methods of creating websites are gaining popularity? We can see 3 major trends here.

 

Project in Flash technology

Flash is a solution developed by Macromedia. Pages created in this technology are visually very attractive. This solution will work best for unconventional websites, where graphics, animations or sound play an important role.

The downside of this technology is the complicated process of creating a website. Therefore, it is a solution intended for professionals. For beginners, Flash will be way too complicated. What is more, Flash seems obsolete. It gain popularity around 2004 and is no longer supported by Google Chrome. 

 

CMS

Most websites are created today using this technology. CMS stands for Content Managing System. The advantage of this solution is the separation of the elements responsible for the appearance of the website from its content. Therefore, no specialist knowledge or skills are needed to edit content. Access to the website is possible through an easy-to-use panel.

The code, created mainly with the use of HTML and CSS, is responsible for the external appearance of the website. More and more often you can find websites built using PHP and other languages. The page code is usually editable. This means that the appearance of the website created with the CMS can be changed. This requires coding skills.

 

 

Website builders

These are tools that are similar to graphics programs from the user's point of view. They create a visual page design, which is then automatically "translated" into code. There are several advantages to using this type of tool.

First, you don't need HTML, CSS or IT knowledge to create a website. Therefore, it is not necessary to create a page mock-up and then work on a working website. The project is also a ready-made website that can be published on the Internet with one click.

Second, using the website builders is intuitive. They can be used not only by graphic designers, but also people without previous experience in designing websites. Ready-made templates will certainly be useful for the latter group. On their basis, after replacing pictures and texts, you can easily create a professional website.

Third, the cost of creating and maintaining a website in the builder is minimal. While the website design itself can cost several thousand dollars, creating it yourself in the creator is usually free. Maintaining the site is also not associated with large expenses. For example, the monthly cost of the Premium Package in WebWave is only $ 10net. It allows, among other things, to give the website any chosen domain (name), and to automatically report it to Google for positioning.

 

Conclusion

HTML is the backbone of today's internet. Knowing it certainly helps in creating websites and better understanding the rules governing the network and website structure. In everyday work, however, this language becomes less and less important. The development of technology makes other tools more effective. This is primarily about content management systems (CMS), as well as website creators. The latter are the future of web design.

Knowledge of HTML can come in handy when working with these tools, however. Website builders such as WebWave have the function of pasting your own website codes. As a result, they are even more flexible and gain almost unlimited possibilities. Knowledge of HTML, although it is not necessary, will certainly facilitate the work on an advanced website.

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