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Build Your Own Website in Simple Steps Using HTML & Advantages Of Using HTML

Building your own website from scratch can be an overwhelming process, special for first-timers. Millions of questions come to your mind, which coding language should I choose? What should the layout look like? Where should I start? The article guides you through building an HTML website in simple steps rather than showing you the technical aspects of website coding and processing. This article forms a guide for amateur web developers on How To Create A Website Using HTML, offering you all the basic understanding of How To Build A Website.

So Let's begin!

Build Your Own Website In Simple Steps: How To Create A Website Using HTML

A simple eight-step process for creating your own HTML Website

1. Develop A Solid Layout Plan

The very first step of creating your website is developing a strong layout plan. You need to "organise" your website either by sketching a website layout on paper or the computer. Organisation means having a blueprint of your website denoting where each element is placed on your website and its basic structure. You must have an idea of how you want your website to look, knowing how the web pages are placed, what type of information gets a place on every web page etc. Developing a solid layout plan helps you create an organised and appealing website.

2. "The Boilerplate Code" Set Up

Boilerplate Code refers to the standard code sections, repeated in multiple places with minimal variation. They are the standard codes used when referring to verbose languages ( the programmer writes many codes to do minimal jobs).

Simple steps to get the boilerplate code:

  • Step one involves you to create a new folder for your website on the computer.
  • Create new index.html and style.css files within the folder. Create empty files.
  • Then add the standard "boilerplate code" to your index.html file.

Once done, open the index.html in a web browser to check if it works.

3. Develop Your Layout Elements

In this step, it is time for you to actually develop your website's layout that you had planned in the first step.

A simple way to do is by making use of semantic elements namely: <header>, <main>, <section>, and <footer>

You can then look at how your layout turns out and edit it as per your requirements.

4. Work On The HTML Content

Step 4 requires you to work on the HTML content. Once your page is ready, it has to be filled up with content! 

Here is the standard format of filling out your HTML content:

  • Implement Basic CSS Layout

After finishing up with the HTML formatting, you now begin with the CSS layout.

CSS Layout helps you bring out your planned layout onto the screens.

Focus on properties such as width, height, margin, padding, position, and display. Ensure that the images are of the right sizes.

Add the CSS to your style.css file.

Body {

Margin: 0;

Margin-top: 40px

}

Header {

display: flex;

position: fixed;

top:0;

left:0;

right:0;

height:40px;

line-height: 40px;

background-colour: #eee;

}

{

header *{

display: inline;

height: 40px;

}

header ul {

padding: 0;

}

heading li {

margin-left: 10px;

}

Section {

height: 100vh;

border: 1px solid white;

display: flex;

justify-content: centre;

align-items: centre;

text-align: centre;

}

footer{

text-align: centre;

padding:50px;

}

Ensure that the sections are set to 100% viewport height, the header must have a fixed position, position all the items in the header correctly, and so forth.

You can use flexboxes for centering the content in your sections.

  • Include Specific Styles

You can use more specific styles per your needs and wants, once you have implemented the standard CSS layout. Add more sections, images, and the needed elements to make your website highly appealing.

  • Incorporate Colours & Backgrounds

Finish creating your website by incorporating the colours and backgrounds of your choice. Refer to the standard CSS layout mentioned in the above steps. You can increase the number of sections and add background elements and background images to each section in your CSS layout.

  • Be Proud Of Your Work!

The last step of creating an HTML website requires you to be proud of your website. You can check your websites' workings, add or alter elements if you want and then show it to your friends and family.

The above-mentioned steps are a guide for you to create your own website. It only helps you simplify your website development process and does not cover the technical parts of creating a website. It summarises the steps to follow for creating an HTML website.

Now that we know the basics of building a website let's take a look at the advantages of using HTML for creating websites.

Advantages Of Using HTML

1. Easy To Learn & Use

For amateur web developers who are still learning web development, HTML is the first language to learn. HTM anyway is one of the easiest languages to use and learn. You can easily understand the codes and make changes if required. Further, HTML involves few tags fulfilling specific purposes and can be used whenever the purpose arises. HTML is also immune to case sensitivity and does not cause any errors if the developer forgets closing the tags or makes an error while coding.

2. Full Browser Support

Throughout the globe, browsers support HTML, and HTML websites easily show up on all browsers if they optimise different websites as per different browsers. HTML provides an easy way for web developers to optimize HTML websites according to different browsers.

3. HTML Is Free & Simple To Edit

HTML is free, and that is one of its biggest advantages. Further, HTML does not need plugins, so web developers do not have to deal with different browser plugins. It proves to be a cost-effective programming language as there is no hassle of purchasing a license for websites developed with HTML. HTML websites are one of the easiest to edit. All you need is a text editor like Notepad or Notepad++, and you can edit whole HTML-based websites conveniently.

4. Easily Integrated With Other Languages

Web developers can easily integrate HTML with other languages without any issues. Usually, while using Javascript, CSS, etc., web developers code these languages with HTML, and it mixes very easily.

5. HTML Forms The Basic Language Of All Programming Languages & Is A User-Friendly Language

All web developers, be it frontend or backend, must have HTML knowledge as it is the basic coding language.

It also proves to be a user-friendly language, knowing English will help you create HTML websites easily and work with them correctly.

6. HTML Is Lightweight

HTML proves to be a lightweight language and has a higher signal to noise ratio than other coding languages. HTML codes are also faster to download, making it an easily compressible coding language.

7. HTML Changes Display Quickly

Another advantage of HTML is that the changes made can be seen instantly, by saving it and reloading the previous HTML page. Other programming languages require you to run the whole code for finding out errors. That is not the case with HTML.

HTML truly proves to be one of the easiest, seamless, and convenient coding languages for creating websites. Amateur web developers, web developer beginners, or web development enthusiasts can all easily create websites using HTML.

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