One of the most common questions I’m asked is whether you need to learn HTML to become a Web writer.
The short answer is no, you don’t. Most web writing is done in plain text. Plain text is very useful, because you can manipulate the text in many ways and use it in even more ways.
When you’re writing for clients, as a rule of thumb, provide your content as plain text, unless the client specifically asks for MS Word. This is because providing the content in Word means that there’s an additional step necessary before the content can be used on the web, so it’s usually best to provide the content in plain text or in HTML, or in Markdown.
Here’s the longer answer.
It’s useful to know HTML because you can perform minor tweaks
When you know the basics of HTML you can perform minor tweaks on your website yourself. You don’t have to hire anybody else. You can also perform minor tweaks for clients.
It’s useful to know HTML if you own more than one site
If you own more than one website, you’ll often find yourself fiddling with your sites, and if you have to contact someone else for even minor tweaks, it can become very wearing on your nerves. Therefore it’s very useful to know the basic HTML elements, so that you can adjust your sites as needed.
I love Markdown, it’s very easy to add Markdown formatting to in a plain text file on any device, on my phone, for example, then I can save the material to a Markdown document later.
Here’s an excellent Markdown editor you can use in your Web browser. If you haven’t tried Markdown yet, give it a try. It makes writing for the Web much easier.
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