Frustrated by HTML? Use This Basic Guide for Writers

Want Greater Control Over the Presentation of Your Articles?

Your audience wants quality content they can easily read. Using bolded headers, lists, and blockquotes can “hook, line, and sinker” your readers’ attention on you and your message. However, formatting text in a web browser isn’t as easy or as familiar as formatting it in a text-editing program like Microsoft Word or using a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) text editor.

This is where basic knowledge of coding can give you an edge. HyperText Markup Language (HTML) gives you greater control over the framework and structure of your articles to help you reel in your readers’ interest.

HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is used to format information to be displayed in a web browser by adding style to plain text and makes it easier for visitors to read.

Discover how to use HTML to format your quality, original articles with the HTML Basics graphic as your guide! Simply click on the graphic below to view in a new window and then click the image to zoom in or out.

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Should You Learn More Code?

Did you know that kids are learning HTML like this as early as 8 years old? Imagine the intricate web design and logic they will be able to achieve at 18!

In her article, Why Everyone Should Learn to Code: An Event Recap, Madeline McSherry of Slate magazine stated, “Coding is the hottest skill on the job market, the modern-day language of creativity, and a powerful force in the economy.” If you feel a bit behind the HTML-learning curve, there are dozens of resources available to add coding to your list of skills. These newly acquired skills will not only aid you in writing better articles, but it will help you improve your website to enhance the user experience as well as prevent you from becoming obsolete in your niche.

If you’re starting out in HTML, we’d recommend finding resources like the L2Code HTML app, which provides an intuitive and effective way to easily learn basic HTML coding skills right on your iPhone or iPad.

What coding resources do you use and recommend? Let us know – we’d love to hear from you!


Cher Holton writes:

Thanks for this great article and wonderful html tutorial! So helpful!!

Comment provided August 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM


Barb writes:

Very helpful reference! Thanks as always for providing helpful and useful information :)

Comment provided August 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM



This is yet another wonderful article posting from EzineArticles. Thanks for the post. :)

Comment provided August 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM


Maurice writes:

Good article. I find that just having minimum knowledge of HTML is useful. Sometimes I just want to make minor changes to modify a hyperlink. Just knowing what to change and not to change in the code is useful.

Comment provided August 23, 2013 at 2:33 PM


Robin writes:

Thank you for this very useful article. The first word processor I used was at university where I completed my assignments using a software program called Zardax on Apple II computers. Every time you wanted to embolden, italicise or underline text you had to enter the code before and after the text. Compared with today’s word processors it was a very laborious task, but the end result was worth it.

Comment provided August 23, 2013 at 4:34 PM


Neale writes:

If people are serious about learning how to code, they should check out the excellent free resources.

Comment provided August 23, 2013 at 5:24 PM


Mark M writes:

Hey at EzineArticles, thanks for the great article, very helpful.

Comment provided August 23, 2013 at 10:19 PM


Sunil Chadha writes:

Yes, I absolutely agree that user really want to quality content which they can read easily.

Comment provided August 24, 2013 at 2:30 AM



I’m still learning. The question is how do you use HTML in WP?

Comment provided August 24, 2013 at 2:47 AM


Robin writes:

Moronke … you don’t use it in a word processor, as most word processing programs will save as HTML.

When you write text in a text editor like Notepad, or directly into the EzineArticles submission pages, you can use HTML as you go eg to get a line break you would enter .

I think that’s what the article was referring to.


Robin writes:

The code I entered didn’t appear. You would enter br in brackets ie,



Nice and useful write-up.

Comment provided August 24, 2013 at 6:57 AM


sikkahoder writes:

Good article. I find that just having minimum knowledge of HTML is useful.
Good bless you

Comment provided August 24, 2013 at 1:48 PM


Randall Magwood writes:

I hate coding!!! Lol just kidding. I never did well in my programming classes in college, but i know how to make a mean website using my sitebuilder lol. Great post, you guys make it easy to use HTML.

Comment provided August 25, 2013 at 9:43 PM



Thanks. I will study this. A blessed Monday all!

Comment provided August 26, 2013 at 5:00 AM


Robyn Bent writes:

great information that I desperately needed – thank you!

Comment provided August 26, 2013 at 6:38 PM


Jackie Paulson writes:

52 interactive Article Templates on PDF. I ordered these Chris, on Aug 27 13 and did not get them…looked for a CONTACT page, maybe this is too new to me, who do I talk to? thanks jackie Pualson

Comment provided August 27, 2013 at 3:03 AM



You will find the 52 Article Templates within your My.EzineArticles account. These will be found under the Library tab in the Digital Locker. If you experience any further difficulties please let us know.



Daniel Baker writes:

Yes, knowing HTML has more benefits besides throwing togther a website.

Comment provided August 27, 2013 at 4:01 AM


Ulrich Lamb writes:

Thanks for the write-up. I agree, nowadays kids start learning HTML, PPT, etc. at an early stage and is very often part of their normal day-to-day skills set. We can learn from them. Otherwise we have to default back to some tools and tutorials out there.

Comment provided September 4, 2013 at 6:25 PM


Amit Kumar writes:

HTML is easy to learn and most of kids at early stage are learning it along with CSS and JS. Actually when HTML combined with css it make the page awesome. Thanks for your post

Comment provided September 24, 2013 at 10:15 AM


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