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The ABCs of HTML

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HTML is one of the core languages of the Internet. You don’t HAVE to know HTML to build and maintain a WordPress website – but knowing the basic tags gives you more control over the content, …

HTML is one of the core languages of the Internet. You don’t HAVE to know HTML to build and maintain a WordPress website – but knowing the basic tags gives you more control over the content, presentation, and impact of your message. In this presentation we cover the basic HTML tags commonly used in WordPress. You’ll learn how to insert a link, format text size/style/position, load an image, and more, all through the WordPress HTML editor.

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  • 1. <The a> <b> <c> s of HTML Meagan Hanes @mhanes Love Digimedia – LoveDM.ca WordCamp Montreal 2013
  • 2. @mhanes & @LoveDigimedia Lifelong Digital Developer 200% Passion! Lover of Rainbows Who am I?
  • 3. Dramatically Short History of HTML HTML: Hypertext Markup Language CSS: Cascading Style Sheets ● 80s: CERN via Tim Berners-Lee ● 1995: HTML 2.0 ● 1996: CSS1.0 ● 2000: XHTML 1.0 ● Future: HTML 5.0, CSS 3.0, XHTML 2.0
  • 4. Today's Hottest Web Technologies HTML4.0 (1999) XHTML1.1 (2000) CSS2.0 (1997) JavaScript (1996) 1999? Remember how this looked?
  • 5. CNN.com June 20, 2000 Wayback Machine Yahoo.com June 20, 2000 Wayback Machine
  • 6. Way to WordPress ? “Do I need to know all this code to make a simple update?” Let's separate Presentation from Content...
  • 7. WordPress and HTML
  • 8. Anatomy of an HTML Tag <p>This is my Paragraph!</p> <p color=”#FF0000”>This is my Paragraph.</p> Opening Tag Angle Brackets “<” and “>” Enclose Tag Closing Tag Backslash “/” Ends Tag Content being Marked Up Is Between Tags Attributes and Values Modify Form and Function of Tags Note: Enclosed in Quotation Marks!
  • 9. Top WordPress HTML Tags <a> Anchor <img> Image <p> Paragraph <strong> Strong Text <em> Emphasized Text <h1> Headings <ul> <li> Lists For this lecture: CSS Integration via Style Attribute
  • 10. <a> : ( )Anchor Links <a href=”http://www.wordpress.org”>My Link Text</a> <a href=”http://www.google.com” target=”_blank”> My New Window Link </a>
  • 11. <a> : ( )Anchor Links <a href=”http://www.wordpress.org”>My Link Text</a> <a href=”http://www.google.com” target=”_blank”> My New Window Link </a>
  • 12. <img> : ( )Image Pictures <img src=”file.jpg” height=”200” width=”400”> <img src=”animated.gif” alt=”Animated Logo” title=”Rollover Text!”> Note: No “</img>” tag
  • 13. Linking an Image <a href=”http://www.google.com” target=”_blank”> <img src=”file.jpg” height=”200” width=”400” border=”0”></a> Attributes: border – Border Size 0 = no border target – “_blank” Open in New Window
  • 14. <p> : Paragraph <p>This is my paragraph. Yay!</p> <p style=”color:blue;font-style:italic;”>This is my CSS-Styled Text!</p> Learn CSS! It's fun! May need a plugin to make P/BR tags visible in editor: depends on WP Install
  • 15. <strong> <and em> : Simple Style <strong>This is my Bold Text!</strong> <em>This is my emphasized text!</em> <strong><em>Yes you can combine them :)</em></strong> Use CSS for a long term solution But for a quick-and-dirty fix, try HTML!
  • 16. <h#> : Headings <h1>This is the #1 Heading!</h1> <h2>This is a subheading.</h2> <h6>This is the smallest heading possible. Whispering!</h6> Not just for style – SEO reasons! Bigger = more important
  • 17. <ul> / <li>: Lists UL: Unordered List with bullets (Via CSS: square, round, custom image) OL: Ordered List with Numbers <ul> <li>First List Item</li> <li>Second List Item</li> </ul> ● First List Item ● Second List Item
  • 18. Play with HTML and CSS via W3Schools http://www.w3schools.com/ Inspiration: A List Apart: http://alistapart.com/ WordPress Resource List from Codex: http://codex.wordpress.org/Know_Your_Sources P/BR Plugin: Ultimate TinyMCE http://wordpress.org/plugins/ultimate-tinymce/ Your OWN experience! Go PLAY! Further Resources
  • 19. :) Let's connect! @mhanes @LoveDigimedia Slides: Slideshare.net !Thanks

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