There's a difference between navigating your way around the Internet and become a part of the World Wide Web by building your own website. While it's one thing to know where to go online when looking for information on subway signs it's another to be that go to source when web users discover your website. If you have grand plans to design your own website you're going to be inundated with a ton of website terminology. Your head might begin to spin trying to grasp the amount of website terminology that's involved with creating a website and with that in mind we want to simplify things for you.

The two main website creation terms you'll come across during the process of building your own website are HTML and CSS. With that in mind how about we start at the beginning and focus on those two terms in a sort of HTML versus CSS website terminology debate. HTML stands for hyper text markup language, which is created in order to give structure and meaning to content. Our sponsorship for this page is compliments of Mr. Hansra at

The content on the pages of reality TV show production companies or pet photographer websites for examples, are given their structure and meaning through HTML and the most common HTML terms you'll come across are elements, tags and attributes. Elements in HTML are designators in which objects on a web page are defined. So for example if you want a certain code you're inputting to have a line break you would write at the beginning end of the code. There are elements for paragraphs, underlining, centering, etc. Tags in HTML signify the beginning or ending of a tag and HTML attributes are properties used to give additional instruction to elements and are also commonly used when providing hyperlink references.

CSS stands for cascading style sheets and it's the presentation language that's used to create the style and appearance of webpage content. What that means is that CSS determines appearance and styles of websites while HTML focuses on the content's structure and meaning. When using HTML to configure the content on the website such as breaking text up into paragraphs CSS will then take that content and determine the font weight, size, color, and other stylistic properties of the text.

If you're a thinking about creating a website for your business hopefully what we taught you about HTML and CSS will give you a starting point as to where and how to go about building your website. Good luck!

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