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Why You Should Learn HTML

Hello again! Tech guy here with a life tip to make yourself more marketable to jobs. If you’ve read the title, you would already know that the tip is to LEARN HTML.



So, what is HTML? HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language and is a standard way to make a web page viewable to you. It is often taken for granted with the growth of HTML tools but just like any other tool, it’s good to know what the tool is actually doing or how to fix it when things don’t work the way you want them to. So the computer follows a set of commands to make things normal to view.


What you see:


These are HTML examples:

  • fish

  • fish fish

  • fish (red)

  • fish (blue)

  • How about an image of a cat?

Not very pretty, am I right?



What your computer sees:


<p><strong>These are HTML examples:</strong></p>



<li><p>fish fish</p></li>

<li><p><span style=”color: #ff0000;”>fish</span></p></li>

<li><p><span style=”color: #0000ff;”>fish</span></p></li>

<li><p>How about an image of a cat?</p></li>

<li><img src=”/%3Ca%20href%3D”https://www.petmd.com/sites/default/files/petmd-cat-happy-13.jpg”>https://www.petmd.com/sites/default/files/petmd-cat-happy-13.jpg” alt=”Image result for cat” width=”160″ height=”105″ /></li>


<p><span style=”text-decoration: line-through;”>Not very</span> pretty, am I right?&nbsp;<img src=”/%3Ca%20href%3D”https://html-online.com/editor/tinymce4_6_5/plugins/emoticons/img/smiley-laughing.gif”>https://html-online.com/editor/tinymce4_6_5/plugins/emoticons/img/smiley…” alt=”laughing” /></p>



So how does this make you more marketable? Well first, most people nowadays will have to operate a website at least once. It’s pretty nice to know how a website actually works. Second, there are many times that this will become a super useful skill to have. Here are some things that require a little knowledge of HTML: Hubspot, Google Analytics, HootSuite, WordPress, Squarespace, Adobe Creative Cloud. It also shows an ability to pick up something new which may just put you at a slight edge over others.



The other advantage is that you could possibly hit a career change if you want to! Web Designers that are fluent in HTML and CSS (a fancier HTML) make around $65000. They also don’t usually have to require a degree in anything computer related. All you need is to learn HTML, get a certificate from somewhere like Udemy or Lynda, and be interested in making something look pretty. HTML, in my opinion, is an easier language to learn because you can instantly see what you just typed on your screen.

Start learning at https://www.w3schools.com/html/ because it is a wonderful website that has a ton of tutorials on absolutely everything. Once you learn a tiny bit, test it at places like htmledit.squarefree.com which does a basic HTML translation, or http://scratchpad.io which does HTML and CSS realtime.

It’s a pretty decent way to earn some cash on the side if you’re a people person! Trust me… people will pay a lot of money to have a decent website. There are not enough designers out there!


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