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Introduction To HTML - The Basics

HTML – Understanding The Basics

Mon, Aug 16, 2010

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Have you ever had an instance where you wish you had some knowledge of HTML?

Well, I have had many instances where It would have been very beneficial to at least have a basic understanding about how HTML works. So I decided to educate myself and get a better understanding of HTML.

For most people, including myself the thought of  Learning HTML is a very intimidating idea! I finally mustered up the courage to learn THE BASICS, and discovered that it really isn’t  all that difficult.

What HTML stands for is (Hyper Text Markup Language). HTML is not a programming language, it is a markup language. A markup language is a set of tags and HTML uses markup tags to describe webpages.

>HTML tags are keywords surrounded by angle brackets like <html>

>HTML tags normally come in pairs like <b> and </b>.

>The first tag in a pair is the start tag, the second tag is the end tag

>Start and end tags are also called opening tags and closing tags

The purpose of a web browser (like Internet Explorer or Firefox) is to read HTML documents and display them as web pages. The browser does not display the HTML tags, but uses the tags to interpret the content of the page.

Now all this is probably starting to sound a little confusing, not to mention boring, so what I am going to do is show you via screencapture exactly what I’m talking about.

Also, when you are finished watching the video, if you have any questions, simply go over on the right side of my blog and you will see a big button that says “Got Questions Ask Me”, just click there and send me your question and I will be glad to answer it!

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66 Responses to “HTML – Understanding The Basics”

  1. kebabope Says:

    Hi Joseph,
    HTML sound intimidating at first but once you get started on it, it is soo simple to execute…lucky I did it as part of my subject.It might sound boring but it sure helps especially if you want to troubleshoot your theme CSS.Thanks for sharing Jo!

    To your success,

    ~kebabope Morapedi
    kebabope´s last blog ..Why Getting An Expensive Hair Cut And A Designer Suit Won’t Build Your Business!My ComLuv Profile

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  2. Joe McDevitt Says:

    Kebabope, It really is simple to execute! Thanks for your comment!

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  3. Nelson Says:

    Joe, you got me hooked. I’ve toyed with the idea of learning but was intimated by my age. I am off later to find a good book and get myself into the flow. Thanks for a super great post. Your are the best.
    Nelson´s last blog ..“The Black Whip”My ComLuv Profile

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  4. Anja Drumm Says:

    Hi Joe

    Wow, thank you for demystifying html for me. I studied Basic and C++ at college for a short while, but never found to really grasp the concept of either language. So to have someone explain what all those tags mean is a real help. Like Nelson, I just might get myself a html book and start writing my own pages and get the old grey matter into gear.

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    • Joe McDevitt Says:

      Anja, At least for me knowing some html has really helped me in certain instances. I kept finding that just a little knowledge of html would go a long way. Thanks for your comment!

      Reply

  5. Corneal Carter Says:

    Hi Joseph, thanks for a very informative posting. There has been many times when I wish I had some knowledge of HTML. My wife and I bought several books to try to educate ourselves to get a better understanding, but no luck as of yet. To us HTML is like learning a whole new language and confusing. You make it sound so simple and we will not give up trying to learn HTML.

    Thanks again for this informative posting, Joseph.
    ~ Corneal

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  6. Joe McDevitt Says:

    Corneal, Thanks for your kind comment!

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  7. Scott Pollov Says:

    Joseph. Do you have any training resources for us non-techies who want to learn HTML basics? Love to be able to do some basic editing of my blog template without worrying about blowing it up. Thanks,

    Scott Pollov
    Scott Pollov´s last blog ..Leverage Your Technology IP to Raise CapitalMy ComLuv Profile

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  8. Howard Hughes Says:

    Hey Joe,

    thanks for the post. I used to plank it when those four little letters assebled together in that order. “HTML is for computer wizards” so thanks for breaking it down. The video visual makes it easier to understand too so thanks for taking the time to make it.
    Howard Hughes´s last blog ..The Children of GenesisMy ComLuv Profile

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  9. Joanna Sayers Says:

    Hi Joseph,
    I thought that this post was a great little introduction to HTML for anyone who wants to know more but was too afraid to ask. You explained the basics in a simple and easy to understand way. Whilst I’ve been messing around with HTML for a while, I would never say I know it all and it’s always good to see others, like yourself, passing on enthusiasm and great education.
    Well done :)

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  10. MaryKay Edelen Says:

    Hi Joe,
    Thanks for the valuable information. I knew nothing about HTML before reading your post. This was a great introduction to the basics.
    MaryKay
    MaryKay Edelen´s last blog ..How To Stop Going Broke In MLM – Free DownloadMy ComLuv Profile

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  11. Dr. Erica Goodstone Says:

    Joseph, Great and simple explanation. Wish I had had this years ago when I first started. I have delved into the html without really understanding much, just cutting and pasting within the brackets.
    Erica
    Dr. Erica Goodstone´s last blog ..The One Power of LoveMy ComLuv Profile

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    • Joe McDevitt Says:

      Dr. Erica, That’s OK I have found myself cutting & pasting too. I think it just helps to have an understanding of the basics of HTML. Thanks for your comment!

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  12. Michael Berry Says:

    Thanks Joe. I’ve design my website and kind of figured out some things but really did not have a basic knowledge. You video helped me immensely to have a better understanding.

    Thanks again,

    Michael

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  13. Sue Collier Says:

    Joseph thank you! I have always wanted to gain at least some idea of html and you have just given me my very first lesson!

    Great Stuff :-)

    Sue
    Sue Collier´s last blog ..Twitter Trials And TribulationsMy ComLuv Profile

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    • Joe McDevitt Says:

      Sue, Good deal, stayed tuned to future posts, probably will have more lessons on HTML. Thanks for your comment!

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  14. Bill Cowan Says:

    Thanks Joesph! I actually bought a video learning guide on this some time back, but never really got into it. I need to broaden my knowledge so I appreciate your post here.
    Bill Cowan´s last blog ..Do You Have The Slight EdgeMy ComLuv Profile

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  15. Steve Vernon Says:

    Yes, indeed, the idea of learning HTML can certainly be intimidating to someone who has never actually done it, but like you say, it’s not rocket science, and once you start learning the basics and the simple concepts behind it, it really becomes almost second nature. I remember the day when I was in that very situation, and now I create html code all the time and even build web sites — and all that has only been within the last couple of years or so.

    A little HTML knowledge can be extremely helpful and valuable in making your blog look even more professional, and if you don’t know a specific HTML code for what you want to accomplish, good ol’ Google comes in extremely handy!

    Thanks for sharing this with others, Joe!

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    • Joe McDevitt Says:

      Steve, That’s great that you use it to build websites! I have not gone that far with it , but I will in the not too distant future. Thanks for your comment!

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  16. karin@social bookmarking Says:

    Hi Joe, it is certainly helpful to know a little bit of html. Although I have to say that there is less and less html needed to build great websites. If you use a wordpress blog and increase the functionality of your blog with plugins you can make a highly functional site without ever using html at all.
    Having said that, I have to say that you did a great job of introducing html to those that are not yet familiar with it. It was a pleasure reading/watching.
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  17. Nicole Rushin Says:

    I had to watch some you tube videos to figure out how to insert pictures on my sidebar. It was not so hard once I got the jist of it. Thanks for sharing this. It does seem very intimidating but really isn’t.
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    • Joe McDevitt Says:

      Nicole, YouTube videos can sometimes save the day! I think we all learn from them at one time or another. But yes HTML really isn’t that hard. Thanks for your comment!

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  18. Lori Robertson Says:

    Joseph, great video on HTML, you made it very easy to understand and use. i had no idea what it stood for so yet again on your blog I have learned something new. I look forward to coming back and learning more.

    Lori
    Lori Robertson´s last blog ..The Importance Of Building A List Of Paying Customers and DistributorsMy ComLuv Profile

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    • Joe McDevitt Says:

      Lori, I am so glad you learned something new! I am looking forward to your future visits to my blog! Thanks for your comment!

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  19. Internet Marketing Kris Says:

    Hey Joe, Thanks for the quick overview of HTML basics… I thought I would share a resource for you and your subscribers that I use to test HTML that I write.. http://htmledit.squarefree.com/ This is a split page that allows you to write HTML and see the results as you go. It really speeds things up for me to see things as I write them. This is a free, no opt in, no catch resource that is open to the public. Hope you find it as helpful as I do!

    Thanks
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  20. Howie Perks Says:

    Hey Joseph,

    I did exactly what you did and figured out how to work with HTML.

    That is how I was able to create the look of my current blog. A little trial and error goes a long way but basic stuff is really not that hard.

    If a new person doesn’t have the money to outsource learning some basic HTML will help a bunch!

    In Success,
    Howie Perks
    Howie Perks´s last blog ..MLM Business – Are You A “New Kid On The Block”My ComLuv Profile

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    • Joe McDevitt Says:

      Howie, I’m glad you are using HTML, And like you said it’s really not that hard, and some basic knowledge goes a long way! Thanks for your comment!

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  21. Kathy Jodrey Says:

    Hi Joseph,

    HTML definitely is an intimidating concept to many bloggers, but in reality it is quite easy to incorporate into your work. With just a basic understanding of this code, any blogger can drastically increase their ability to add to their sites in a major way.

    Once you understand what HTML is all about (thanks for this great explanation…) all you have to do is search online for the code that will help you perform the customization you require. I highly encourage any blogger to take their blogs to the next step and start using this incredibly valuable tool.

    Thanks for your post – great stuff :-)
    Kathy Jodrey´s last blog ..Are You Drinking the Healthiest Water AvailableMy ComLuv Profile

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    • Joe McDevitt Says:

      Kathy, Thanks for your supportive comment! A basic knowledge of HTML really does help. What’s nice too, is you can always add to that knowledge at your own pace. Make it a great day!

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  22. Bruce Backman Says:

    Joe…I’m proud of you to jump in and start learning html. It is typically a bit intimidating for people but once you get the hang of the tags…basic html is quite easy to use. It is also a great idea to share it with others. After all…when you teach, you really learn it.

    Thanks so much for sharing!

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    • Joe McDevitt Says:

      Bruce, HTML is quite easy to use, and I agree, when I teach something it does help me learn. Thanks for your comment!

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  23. Richard Goutal Says:

    Knowing basic html is definitely a big help. Here’s an example– Often there are embed codes we can use, supplied by many sites from YouTube to affiliate products. There are occasions when it is helpful to modify the code slightly. So recognizing the basics goes a long way toward reading and understanding embed codes. Good video to get people started.
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    • Joe McDevitt Says:

      Richard, Perfect example, there are many instances where people can use even just basic HTML knowledge to their advantage, and YouTube Embed codes and affiliate products are great examples! Thanks for your comment!

      Reply

  24. Christine Casey Says:

    Hi Joe,

    I am so glad to have seen your post as I am somewhat familiar with HTML (lots of trial & error in figuring out how to use it when building my website), yet the items you spoke about were a little more in detail than what I had been able to figure out on my own (so far). Appreciate you sharing :-)

    Christine
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  25. Gary Young Says:

    Joe,

    Very clear instruction. It might be a good idea to do html for video next time so we can insert video inside our blogs. I have a script for that but until today I ad no idea how that really worked.

    Thanks!
    Gary Young´s last blog ..China Sourcing and the Agent of ChangeMy ComLuv Profile

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    • Joe McDevitt Says:

      Gary, I will do a future post on how to add a video using HTML. Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks for your comment!

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  26. Nancy Burke Barr Says:

    Hi Joseph!

    This is so exciting! I wasn’t afraid of HTML, but figured that I just didn’t have the time. Now that I’ve watched your tutorial, I realize that I can do this and it won’t be a huge deal! In fact it was kind of fun!

    I hope that you will come back with additional tutorials on this subject!

    BTW your blog looks great and I love many of your ideas, like the “Ask Me Box”. I am definitely stealing that idea! I look forward to learning more from you!

    All the best, Mentor Mama

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    • Joe McDevitt Says:

      Nancy, Absolutely you can learn HTML, and just having a basic understanding of it can be a great help! Thanks for your kind comment and come back soon!

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  27. kiaran Says:

    Hey Joe thanks for sharing – I reckon the world will be a better place when there are text editors for every situation!! Fortunately we are less restricted today than a few years back when only the techno geeks ruled lol!

    But definitely worth knowing at least the basics for sure

    Cheers Kiaran

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  28. belinda cunningham Says:

    Hi Joe
    Thanks for this, I think I would enjoy using html and learning more so I am with Nelson I want get a book and learn more. Many thanks for this taster.
    belinda
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    • Joe McDevitt Says:

      Belinda, Absolutely, go ahead and learn HTML, once you get started I’m sure you will find that you enjoy learning it. Thanks for your comment!

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  29. Rob Franta Says:

    I learned some simple and even some advanced HTML years ago. It was the best thing I ever did. and all of the follow up comments are 100% correct it is not that hard.

    To me this knowledge was worth 1,000′s if nor 10,000′s. This is solely based on saving by not having to pay some one to do the work I wanted accomplished.

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    • Joe McDevitt Says:

      Rob, This is so true, just the other day I wanted to center something on the page, and went in and centered it. Without even a basic knowledge of HTML I would not have been able to do that. Thanks for your comment

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  30. Ryan Shaffer Says:

    Thanks for making a scary subject easier. You’re right it is really handy to at least have a basic working knowledge of html- great job explaining it.
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  31. Larry Rivera Says:

    Hi Joe,

    Great post on HTML basics. It took me hours to put up a webpage when I first started out. I have to say using a html editor like microsoft expressions or dreamweaver has been very helpful in teaching me html.

    I like this post I am going to re-tweet.
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  32. Tim Colletti Says:

    Hey Joe,

    What a great video! There are a lot of people who are afraid of HTML coding, but you giver a very basic explanation of how it works and ways that you can use it.

    ~ Tim
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    • Joe McDevitt Says:

      Tim, Thanks for your kind comment! HTML, at least the basics of it can be so helpful to know! Thanks for visiting!

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  33. Tommy DiPietro | MLM Sales Says:

    Joe,

    This is a great video breaking down HTML. I have learned some
    basics but you helped me better understand.

    Thanks!

    Tommy D.
    Tommy DiPietro | MLM Sales´s last blog ..MLM Sales Strategy of Using Your WordPress Blog To Become An American IdolMy ComLuv Profile

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    • Joe McDevitt Says:

      Tommy, I’m glad this information was helpful. A little basic knowledge of HTML goes a long way! Thanks for visiting, and for your comment!

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  34. Wendy Hewlett Says:

    Hi Joseph,

    This is a great tutorial on the basics of HTML that anyone can understand. You make it sound easy to learn, which will encourage people to do just that.

    Wendy
    Wendy Hewlett´s last blog ..Self-Discovery Through Social MediaMy ComLuv Profile

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  35. Joe McDevitt Says:

    Wendy, A basic understanding of HTML goes a long way, and it’s not as difficult as many people think. Thanks for visiting, and for your comment!

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