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How HTML5 Is Improving Mobile Web Design

We’ve been hearing a significant amount of buzz over HTML5 in the past several months – and even more about mobile websites.  The new features offered by HTML5 make it ideal for mobile device applications, and it’s an integral part of any new website design.Mobile

Why program in HTML5?
This fifth official version of HTML offers new programming features that are tailored to today’s trends in web development.  HTML5 incorporates ways of supporting the newest multimedia technology while keeping the language as simple as possible for human users to work with.  Some of the new features include:

  • <video> and <audio> tags to add video and graphic content to a page without excess plugins
  • <section> and <article> tags that enrich written content
  • The ability to eliminate Adobe Flash from websites and mobile sites

The Importance of Being Mobile-Friendly
An enormous percentage of mobile phone users are accessing websites from their smartphones, but these phones aren’t necessarily designed to handle regular websites.   A site might appear stacked in an odd order, with images missing, or – most commonly – without the ability to play flash.  It’s extremely important to look into how your website appears in mobile devices like tablet computers, iPhones, BlackBerrys, and Android phones.  Buying a mobile website (a version of your site designed to be accessed by mobile devices) is the best route, but programming in HTML5 helps keep your website more mobile-friendly and makes it easier to program a mobile site in the future.

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What is HTML? Part Two: SEO Benefit and Sample Code

HTML is a computer code used to write website pages.  It gives the computer information on how to display the webpage in search engines and well as on your computer screen.

Each tag must be closed with the corresponding closing tag, as seen above.  The closing tag is simply the same tag with a backslash inserted after the first carrot: </html>, </head> and </body>.HTML

<html>
<head>

<title>This is the title of the page as it will appear in your browser and in Google.  Very important for SEO.</title>

<meta name=”description” content=”This is the description of the page that will appear in Google.” />
<meta name=”keywords” content=”keyword, another keyword, another keyword, etc.” />

</head>
<body>

<p>Here’s a paragraph.</p>
<p>Here’s another.</p>

</body>
</html>

To see the HTML code of any webpage, press CTRL+U on your keyboard.

Read What is HTML?  Part One: The Basics

What is HTML? Part One: The Basics

HTML, or hyptertext markup language, is a computer language used to create websites.  HTML gives the computer information on what should appear on the webpage and how the page HTMLshould look.

HTML defines everything about the page, from the title and content to the structure, tables, pictures, colors, fonts and layout.  The code is made up of a number of small pieces called elements that give information.  In the code, an HTML element is surrounded by two tags that show the beginning, end, and the type of element (a paragraph, formatting information, etc.).

<p>This is how a paragraph would appear in HTML.  These are the paragraph tags.</p>

HTML code for a webpage always begins with the <html>, <head> and <body> tags.  An internet marketing agency in particular will make use of information in the <head> tags, which influence the page’s ranks in the search engines (very helpful for SEO).  This info does not, however, appear in the actual page.  The <body> tag signals that information appearing within it will be visible on the page.