Intro to HTML

What is HTML?

HTML is an acronym for hyper text markup language. I know that may seem daunting at first, but it should give you a good idea of what HTML is, but most importantly, what it isn't.

Because HTML is a form of markup, it really isn't considered a programming language. It's still coding, but for all intents and purposes, don't call yourself a programmer when you use HTML.

Why Do I Need HTML?

To understand why you need HTML, you first need to know how to use HTML.

In today's world of web design and development, there are a dizzying array of markup and programming languages at your disposal. However, the three you most commonly should know are the holy trinity of coding...the three constructs you will need to know the most are HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

HTML, CSS, and JavaScript are most commonly used when creating websites and web applications. Each part of those has their own specific role; 

  • HTML - Plays the role of the structure, the foundation of your website or's main purpose is to facilitate how something is.
  • CSS - Plays the role of the styling's main purpose is to facilitate how something looks and feels.
  • JavaScript - Plays the role of the behavior's main purpose is to facilitate how something performs and acts.

You need HTML to provide structure for what you do. As a matter of fact, if you want to be taken seriously as a coder or programmer, having a solid foundation of knowledge of the trinity is a must.


My main focus with this post has been to demystify, clarify, and humanize the coding and programming process in how it relates to HTML. 

I know when you get started with this wonderful science, it IS daunting, it's scary, and it can just plain be overwhelming...but you know what else programming and coding is?

It's possible.

You just need to understand that yes, everyone has struggles with it, you're not alone. You have to accept the fact that you will make mistakes, and more mistakes, and more mistakes after that. You will need to learn to adapt. But most of all, you will need motivation and imagination if you really want to be a great programmer.

Good luck, and now let's have some fun.