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HTML & CSS

HTML and CSS codes are what make a website functional. The Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) provides structure to a page and the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) provide the visual designs and layout. Both are very important during the development of a website but cannot be seen by the web user.

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Example of basic HTML coding. Photo from rpmwin.com.

I previously have used coding in COMM352 but just started learning the basics. I was surprised to see how many different HTML codes exist. Seriously check it out! The list of HTML tags most likely will be helpful in my future projects dealing with web design and coding. If you are curious about the codes that are in a particular website you can figure it out by pressing CTRL+U on Windows or COMMAND+OPTION+U on Mac. It all brings me back to my MySpace days when I was putting codes in to beautify my page.

Tim Berner-Lee was the inventor of HTML in 1989. He also invented the first webpage including Safari, Firefox and others. Without the invention from Berner-Lee you wouldn’t be viewing this webpage at all. It’s just crazy to think how far things have grown even since then.

HTML and CSS coding can be difficult at first but once you learn the basics, it’s only upward from there. Here is a clip to learn the basics!

 

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Word Press

On my first day of class in COMM240, I received my first assignment. The assignment was to use WordPress.com to make a website with a blog. I had never heard of the site before so I was interested to get started to learn the program. I found out that WordPress.com is a site used for 25% of websites in the world. It uses a special Content Management System, CMS, that allows the user to edit a website in their browser.

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When creating a site you must register at WordPress.com before the fun can begin. You have the option of the free or premium version then, pick a username and site address to get started. There are many options for themes and customizations, even more if you purchase the premium version. You are able to adjust settings to make the website fit your personal needs best.

Homepage for WordPress.com. Source: screenshot of WordPress.com.

Once you are logged into WordPress.com you have the ability to check out other blogs and discover what’s newly posted on the discover page. From there you’re free to spread your wings and get creative. I found this awesome video on youtube.com showing you how to add a video gallery to your site.

Video by Ramiro Tenorio. How to create a WordPress video gallery. Published April 5, 2014. 

After using WordPress.com for 3 weeks now, I feel confident to say I now have the ability to construct a site. I can’t wait to use my new skills on future assignments and projects.