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by: Hostwinds Team  /  December 6, 2018

The Hostwinds blog is kicking it up a notch this December by debuting our coding tutorial series! By the end of the blog series, you will have all the direction and guidance you need to create your very own website from scratch.

SPOILER ALERT: It's going to be awesome.

ELABORATING ON THE SPOILER ALERT: It's going to be awesome because it is designed to be the easiest, most entertaining way one with no coding experience can learn to make a website. We will be using multiple programming languages during this tutorial blog series, including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. I don't want to spoiler alert even more and spill the beans about what other cool stuff is about to happen in this blog series, so I'll stop there for now.

Before diving into all that, the Hostwinds Team thought it might be helpful to give some information about the most basic computer programming language we'll be working with as we create a website together – HTML. Have you ever heard of this markup language? It stands for Hypertext Markup Language. Why don't we go through each piece of that ambiguous term "Hypertext Markup Language" so we can better digest exactly what this language is useful for?

The Heart & History of HTML

The cool thing about HTML is you can learn it really fast because the language's "alphabet," if you will, is not super big or super complex.

The "Hypertext" in HTML refers to text that references texts other than itself.

The "Markup" in HTML stands for kinda what it sounds like. HTML is a language that marks up a web page with direction as to what the website will display to viewers. This direction comes in the form of things like tags that make up the language that is HTML. The markup also accounts for the fact that website viewers can't see the code written in the background that creates the website.

The "Language" in HTML explains that HTML is a computer language, and it has syntax and rules just like French or Spanish.

To reiterate what I stated previously, HTML is the most basic part of composing a website. HTML becomes the metaphorical scaffolding or infrastructure for your website. It provides the base structure for your website, and you use other programming languages to add other fun things to spruce things up a bit. My sister, a brilliant software developer, first described languages like HTML to me as the metaphorical walls and roof of your website, while languages like CSS and JavaScript constitute the furniture, pretty paintings, decorations, curtains, rugs, etc., for your website.

When you create a document using HTML code, you can link other documents like CSS or JavaScript documents to such HTML documents by referencing them in a certain way. We will go into detail about this in the HTML tutorial blog post. We'll be practicing this by linking CSS and JavaScript documents to the HTML document we create.

Generally, the first step of building a website from scratch is making an HTML document (in a text editor like Notepad++ or Sublime Text, for example). Then you create a CSS document (in a new document within the same text editor in which you chose to write your HTML document). Then you write one specific line of code in your HTML document that links your CSS document to the HTML document. The HTML represents the parts of your website that don't need to do anything, and the CSS represents the parts of your website that do stuff. The paragraph of text you put on your website using HTML, for example, can be made prettier and bigger and can even spin in circles using CSS and linking said CSS code back to your HTML document.

Now, a little HTML history:

HTML History

HTML was first created by a man by the name of Tim Berners-Lee, and it started as a computer language only displaying text. Oh, I remember those days fondly when you navigated to a website and would find one page with only text explaining the history of cats or the products and services offered by a company. The addition of images in HTML code was made in 1993. HTML5, or the 5th version of HTML, is the most current. HTML has evolved so much since its birth, yet it continues to serve as the foundation for a whole lot of websites out there.

This Hostwinds Knowledge Base guide is one of my favorites, as it walks you through some HTML basics:

Check it out if you want to get a head start before we debut the website building tutorial blog series soon.

Stay tuned for our soon-to-be-born blog series walking you through building your very own blogging website piece by piece while sharing some laughs throughout the process. We assure you learning to code will never be so fun and straightforward!

Humble HTML

In conclusion, HTML is the OG of computer programming languages. It is wonderful to get started with your software development journey by learning HTML because it is fairly basic, easy to learn, and fun to work with. Hostwinds is also fun to work with, and we make intricate web hosting stuff easy to learn too! That's how we designed our client accounts and our website. More concluding: the Hostwinds Team can't wait to reunite with you again soon when we build a website together. Final concluding thought: We miss you already!

Written by Hostwinds Team  /  December 6, 2018