HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) is the code that is used to structure a web page and its content. If you’re looking to design your own website or to get a job in the field of web design, you may be wondering if it’s worth your time to master the language. After all, it can take a while to learn, and there are many simplified design platforms (such as WordPress) that allow you to do great work without it.
To learn or not to learn HTML is a popular debate, and we put it to the experts for help in crafting this article. Read on to learn what they had to say about the role of HTML in web design.
If you are looking to become a web designer then it is imperative that you have a good understanding of HTML since the building blocks of any website rely on HTML. There are other useful languages like CSS (for styling) and PHP or .NET for functionality but none of these are much use without HTML.
Fortunately, HTML is by far the easiest web language to learn and would be the best place for anyone to start if they are interested in learning how to build websites and program. The internet is amassed with free resources, courses and tutorials on how to learn everything from basic to advanced HTML.
It’s true that you can likely build a website with WordPress or another CMS (content management system) without knowing much or any HTML, but then that limits your abilities and means you aren’t really a web designer but more of a CMS builder.
Drag & drop editors and templates
A web designer doesn’t need to know HTML for a few different reasons. Firstly, there are different programming languages, and a website doesn’t need to be written in HTML at all.
Secondly, a web designer often creates the design with Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator or similar. Then the web developer does the coding.
Lastly, there are so many design solutions such as drag and drop editors and customizable templates. Add AI, and web designers might be one of the jobs at risk of disappearing altogether.
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Having no knowledge about the HTML code is for sure a failure in this technologically advanced era.
It may seem confusing in the beginning, but it is easily understandable if you put yourself in the right shoes. Some statistics suggest that HTML was used in nearly every application in 2018. It is good to know a little about HTML.
For web design, HTML is used very often for the basic overlay of the website. There are many other coding abilities one can learn in this day and age, but HTML lays the foundation of any website.
Website building services
Absolutely not. Hasn’t been the case for almost a decade.
Services like Squarespace, Wix, Webflow, Shopify, Instapage, Clickfunnels and a few others eliminate the need for you to go anywhere near code.
That said, HTML isn’t the only barrier in designing purposeful websites, but these tools speed up the design process significantly, whether you’re doing it yourself or collaborating with an agency. More importantly – they allow for ongoing updates without needing to hire an entire IT department.
In short I would say no but as always, it depends on what you are trying to achieve.
If you are building a website for a client, then a knowledge of HTML, PHP etc. is a must. You will know what is best suited to your clients’ needs, and the more tools you have at your disposal the better.
If you are building your own website for your portfolio, business or blog then I would say there is no need to learn HTML.
With WordPress, Blogger, Sqaurespace, Wix and the likes, the need to know HTML is minimal. These web building platforms aren’t foolproof, but you can pretty much guarantee if you are having a problem somewhere in the theme or design then someone else has hit the same problem. A quick Google search will rectify almost anything.
If for some reason you do find yourself needing to know some HTML code, W3 Schools will be your knight in shining armor. W3 Schools has loads of HTML code snippets you can just copy and paste into your theme and you’ll be good to go. They also have a live preview function which allows you to alter the code, add in your own images, etc., then hit the run button and see what it looks like. This is a very handy free tool for building images links with alt text.
BUT… Don’t let the developers know how much you know! If they know that you can produce production-level HTML, etc., they will try to get you to develop the front-end code. If you get bogged down developing HTML/CSS you will not be able to focus on providing the best overall user experience for the project.
Desirable but not critical
This depends entirely on how you want to define “web design.” If we are talking about conceptualizing, visualizing and planning how a proposed site will look and interact, then, strictly speaking, HTML knowledge is desirable but not critical.
Almost anybody can now create a site with no previous experience in HTML, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will perform as intended without the relevant code and markup effectively in place – something that may not be possible without knowing exactly what you’re doing.
While HTML is good to know to make your site as interactive and engaging as possible, there are plenty of options for people who don’t know HTML.
WordPress is perhaps the most popular choice. There are thousands of pre-built templates you can choose from. However, sometimes some coding knowledge is necessary if you want to customize the templates so they match your branding, which is important for businesses who want to maintain cohesiveness across their marketing.
Our advice would be, if you’re a business looking to design a website, seek out a company with UI/UX experts who can help customize the site and perfect its usability.
The internet is packed with countless sites pushing all kinds of content and products. Therefore, user experience has taken center stage while companies scatter to find ways to get users to their site and stay there.
However, designing a website isn’t as complex as it used to be. Although sites are faster and more attractive now than ever before, there are plenty of tools and software help you through every step of the process. Even more, you can use platforms like Shopify and WordPress which require absolutely no HTML knowledge in order to craft gorgeous and responsive web designs.
No, you do not need to know HTML to do web design. HTML is left to the coders or programmers for the backend of a site.
Web design is a front-end design. But for many web designers, they do know HTML. I’m a graphic designer and web designer, and I do not do HTML or coding.
Many recruiters and managers want you to know HTML so they can save money by not hiring another person. Most small marketing departments have an all-in-one designer that does HTML. For larger companies, these departments are separated by designers, coders, and programmers.
Yes, but there are some other foundational skills you should master first. Understanding page layout, responsive design, and mastering all the UX design foundations will help your work more than learning HTML will.
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