Web Writing: Easy HTML With Markdown

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.

Use markdown

Markdown language is a blessing. I’ve written about Markdown before.

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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Angela Booth is a copywriter, author published by major publishers, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills at her online store. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her novels and business books have been widely published.

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Angela Booth is a copywriter, author published by major publishers, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills at her online store. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her novels and business books have been widely published.