For some of our readers we are getting back to the very basics form in this post. But if you are about to pursing web design either a career or just for a hobby, you must be able to do more than just simply design a pretty page. Today web designers aren’t just the designer anymore they need to become some what a experts in coding as well.
Today there are plenty of different web design standards that one must master to become a web designer. The two most important in the industry today are HTML and CSS because these can be a stepping stone.
First Say Hello To HTML
HTML have been the standard for websites and it stands for HyperText Markup Language. This can be quite confusing to someone who has no experience using it. But to put it as simple HTML is the language (code) that is used to edit and position web page elements such as images, text and other web page elements.
Hint: If you go to your web browser and select View and then Source you can see the code that been used to design that website.
For those who have fortunately used HTML will tell you that it is not difficult to learn. There are a some basic tags (codes) that a designer has to learn to create a simple webpage. The more complex the HTML, the more you can do with a site. As of today we have HTML5 also but for today we will leave it alone.
Now Say Hello To CSS
CSS is another thing to familiar beginners in web designers you will need this more in the today world of websites. CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets.
CSS was created to allow the designers to have more creativity and control over their designs. Today there is more than just one type of viewing port for the design to reach the visitors and this can be tricky and time consuming for HTML designers. These saves users time, effort and most likely money when they are creating sites.
Also, CSS encourages less effort by allowing designers to create style sheets. This means when an edit is made to one page, all other affected changes are automatically made and as this keeps designers from having to make multiple edits for large and more detailed websites.
HTML vs CSS
CSS is not really taking the place of HTML. It is just used as an enhancement for HTML is still a perfect type of coding for the main structure of a site and CSS goes beyond when it comes to how a web page looks. The outward appearance including backgrounds, colors, content and image placement can be handled by the CSS.
Allowing designers to do all type of different things like setting different page margins for all sides of a page, overlapping words, better positioning page elements. These make all seem like minor adjustments but these tricks can free up time for you to worry about overall layout, design and navigation etc.
To make it simple as: Just think of these two languages as building a house. The HTML is the structure of the house and CSS is the interior design