There are a few things to know when you want to start building a web site. The first thing you need to familiarize yourself with is HTML. HTML is a computer language formulated to allow website creation. HTML is a programming language, much like java or C++. There are codes and arrays that format the page and place items in a particular order. HTML is easy to learn, and knowing the basics will allow you to start creating your very own website. It is the most powerful tool for websites, thus it is considered "square one" of the entire creation process. HTML is constantly going under revision to elevate its functions better and make ends meet with the requirements and demands of every internet user.

HTML is an acronym for Hyper Text Markup Language. Hypertext is the method that allows you to move around the web page by clicking on a special text, or link called "hyperlinks" which will direct you to the corresponding page. Markup is what HTML tags do to the text written inside them. Overall, HTML is a language, as it has code-words and syntax like any other programming language.

How Does HTML Work?
HTML consists of a series of short codes typed into a text file, using notepad, and these are called "tags". The text is then saved as a HTML file and viewed through an internet browser. Internet Explorer or Netscape navigator works best for initial viewing. The browser reads the tags and translates the file into visible form. Writing in HTML code enables you to create exactly what you want, and has every little piece of information outlined just the way you want to see it. There are easier HTML editors available, the easiest one being FrontPage by Microsoft. You can easily put your text and wordings in it and get the automated codes and tags in a text file.

Tags are what separate normal text from HTML code. You might have seen something similar to in angle brackets. They allow all the creative items to be displayed, like images and tables, just by telling the browser to render the page. There are a number of different tags that will do different jobs. Tags can be entered for text, such as changing the font type, color and size. The tags themselves do not appear when the web page is viewed on a browser, but their effects do.
For example, tags are wrapped around a normal text. When the page is rendered and viewed through a browser, the text inside those tags will be bolded, though you will not see any of the tags displayed.

Knowing HTML:
It all depends how much you want out of HTML. There are a tremendous amount of HTML codes you can use to make your own website. It should only take a few days to learn the basics of HTML coding, but you can always spend more time on learning all the different ways of using HTML differently and creatively. But, once you know the tags, it will be just as easy to create a web page to your liking.