What Are HTML and CSS

Jun 6, 2018 | Web

When building or editing a website, you may have to make changes by doing some code work. The two kinds of code you will most likely be writing are either HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) or CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) which, if you have zero development experience, can be a tricky thing to get a handle of. In order to give you a better look at how these coding styles work, Here is a brief look at both HTML and CSS and how they affect your website.


When you make changes in a Microsoft Word or Dreamweaver file like inserting different types of font, bolden words, underline words and so on, they are also saved in the HTML format so those changes are accounted for. HTML allows you to see the text you have written down with the written code for the specific changes you have made. For example, when adding a link to a Word document, it will look just like this (link text). In HTML, that linked text would look like this (link text). The additional information in this text is the HTML code for the link that tells the link where to go. While it is completely optional to learn HTML for website editing, it is a great skill that can be used at your disposal to make edits to text and change other parts of your site more specifically.

2. CSS

CSS code is also used for the purpose of showing you your changes to your text, but with the added effect of also changing the appearance of your page. This code is more specific for websites rather than Word documents compared to HTML. CSS also affects the colors and styles of your text and page along with the fonts, which would be the key difference between it and HTML. Like HTML, you don’t need to be a master in the language if you are using a website editor or making basic edits. However, it is also a great skill to have and can really help make those technical changes to your site a lot easier.