HyperText Markup Language HTML is one of the most common languages used to design websites in the internet.

Business website owners may not have the technological savvy to tweak their websites when they need to do some immediate changes. A basic knowledge of how simple things like links, headings, paragraphs, or images are manipulated may help you do well in the long run.

You do not have to enroll to a formal computer course to learn about HTML. You can resort to some practical ways to be familiar with it:

• Read a good book about it. Computer books are very easy to find at very cheap prices. Your local bookstore may have a whole section dedicated to things about computers. You can also browse the net and shop online through good sites like Amazon.com. The books though may be a bit thick, and if you are not the type of person to flip those pages maybe you can try the other methods

• Study Online. There are a number of websites which offer free e-learning courses where you can know the basics of HTML within a few hours. More advance courses teaching you how to insert some forms, boxes, or even make a talking website can take a bit longer. You can also view the source codes of these websites so you can quickly apply them to your website.

• HTML editor. There are free editors that you can find in the internet. These tools can help you design your webpage like a pro. Their platform is very basic which only involves a few clicks to modify the format, insert objects, and use images for your website. Premium editors like the MS Frontpage and Dreamweaver are popular among web designers.

• Hire a good Web Host. Inquire about the features before you purchase a web hosting package. Some offer a free HTML editor which provides templates where you can apply the contents and graphics that you want to see on your web pages. Also ask if there will be free Java plug-ins and other tools which may come handy in developing and maintaining your website.

If you cannot contact your web designer and opt to modify some features of web pages the free editors that you can find online are a great help. Here are some of the popular free HTML editors you can find on the internet:

• Evrsoft 1st Page. This editor is ideal for newbies and experts in computer languages. It is packed with features on a very user-friendly interface. Toolbars and shortcuts will give you a spell checker, built in codes, or a thesaurus. It also boasts of a wizard which makes all the work seem easy to do.

• CoffeeCup.This editor runs with Windows 2000, XP, XP MC, and Windows Vista. It is as good as the other free editors online and has features like thesaurus, validation, color schemer, and spell checker. Other features can be enhanced by dropping codes built on XHTML, DHTML, PHP, and JavaScript.

• HateML. This editor is for those who have a functional knowledge of HTML. HateML has automatic syntax checker which prompts you if there are errors found on the page. It also has Intellisense which checks the features of your work and suggests improvements that you can make.

Paul Eddison is a consultant for GeckoNewMedia who provide Web Design In Edinburgh and Scotland. Visit www.geckonewmedia.com to learn more.
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