Learn a Language

images (1)Earlier in this blog, I had talked about the different languages that are important when making a website. I had given different tips and tricks on how to write in HTML specifically that I have found useful in my time. What about other places to learn different languages besides w3schools.com and what about other languages? The following is a list of websites that I have found that will help with HTML and PHP, and Visual Basic. Currently, I’ve found that, now that I’m looking for a job after graduation, I’m going to be needing to brush up on my coding skills and have even begun to use these websites myself.


  • Net Tuts+ – This website is completely free had has daily videos for 30 days to learn HTML5. You only need to take out ten to fifteen minutes out of each day for a month to learn the language. This is something I started a few days ago and it has definitely already taught me a few small things that I had glossed over in previous lessons and have been reminded of many things that I’ve become rusty on. These lessons also include learning about CSS as well which is fundamental when it comes to HTML5.
  • Learn HTML in 20 Minutes – This site is perfect if you just are looking for a code when your working on a webpage or if you want to get to know specific codes for specific aspects of the webpage you want to create.


  • Net Tuts+ – I have started to learn PHP better using this site and I think it’s helpful. It has a clean introduction and it’s easy to follow. It may seem like they gloss over some stuff in the sections and steps to learn PHP but there is a link that will take you to learning the fundamentals for beginners.
  • About.com – While I don’t normally like to use about.com, it is still very helpful. This article gives some beginning steps for PHP and then adds links to their highly recommended pages to learn about PHP as well.

Visual Basic

  • About.com – Once again, this is another page I’m not too fond of using but it does have decent advice and articles about the subject
  • Visual Basic is solidly a Microsoft product. In my schooling, I took an entire semester on the subject and used this book. I believe that the book is very helpful and anyone that is learning VB can get through the book and be able to use the information given completely.

What other sites are found to learn this languages? Are there any specific ways you learned? Comment below. 

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A Common Language

So you want to get get your business online now? First off, check out my blog post Build a Website if you are looking to get started with putting up a website for your company. If you are already passed that and ready to begin to design your page, you’ve come to the right post. As I said in the Build a Website post, I mentioned all the different platforms that can be used to create a website. Now, let’s get on the technical side. While it is important to know other languages, my personal opinion is this: everyone that is making a website should have a strong understanding of HTML.

What is HTML to begin with? It stands for HyperText Markup Language. It is the main markup language for creating web pages, etc. that can be displayed on web browsers. My personal favorite for looking different codes for HTML is w3schools.com. They have great tutorials and they show the exact code that would be needed. They also give different tools for coding as well like charts of codes to different colors you wish to use.

The following are different codes that I believe are helpful for getting started with your webpage.

Example: Shelbyisms

Emphasized Words
<i>italics</i>, <u>underline</u>, <b>Bold</b> There are also sights that use the following: <em>Italics</em>, <span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Underline</span>, <strong>Bold</strong>
Example: Italics, Underline, Bold

Breaks and Paragraphs
Place the paragraphs at the beginning and end of your paragraph as shown or you can make different lines with a breakline. There is also another way to show breaks and that is by placing a horizontal line where you want it to go.
Paragraph code: <p>PARAGRAPHGOESHERE</p>
Line break: <br> or </br> or <br /> (it’s by preference and what works with the website you are using)
Horizontal line: <hr>

There are two types of lists that can be made. There are those that are numbered and those that are in bullet form. Bullet lists can be made as follows

Numbered lists are made as follows

In the end they look like this

  • Item here
  • Item there
  1. Item here
  2. Item there

Of course, there are many more things that should be learned when working with HTML. Using w3schools is a great way to know everything and a great tool for if you have any questions. There are also many books at stores like Amazon that go into detail about HTML as well. If you have a blog on WordPress you can easily practice there. Here’s how:

  1. Go to a new post page
  2. In the box where you write out the post, there is the option to either type in visual or in text. Visual allows for the user to use the formatting functions at the top of the screen or quick key on the keyboard (ex. Ctrl + b for bold). The text option allows you to code everything by hand. Here you can practice writing out your code to create your blog.
  3. After you write you post in the text tab, click the visual tab. This will now display your post in the way you have formatted it but without all the code and in the way you want it to be.

Below shows the two different tabs for a picture reference.


Have you coded in HTML? What codes have you found useful to use? Have any further questions or comments about the language comment below.