Regardless of what you have heard, it will always benefit the novice webmaster to learn some basic web coding languages. The most important web programming language to be familiar with is html or hyper text markup language. With that said, there is no longer any need for you to remember what html stands for, as everyone reiterates to the language as html. Many web hosts offer applications and many programs exist to make building a website more automated, though a basic understanding of the languages is still beneficial, if not imperative.
There are several reasons that everyone who wants to work with websites should learn these basics. The most compelling reason is the need to edit or tweak web pages. Whether you are using a program or online editor to create your website or you have purchased an existing website, you will likely need to edit one or more web pages. When the need to tweak your site arises, it is critical that you have some basic coding skills. Other arguments for gaining some coding knowledge include creating cleaner or neater pages, repairing broken pages, including links within pages, adding "cool" effects to your pages and reading other's websites.
Why html? Very simply, html is the foundation language for building web pages. The language was created back in the early 90's and has evolved continuously since. HTML will continue to evolve and will remain a staple of the web coding community for quite some time. Other languages will often utilize html within coded pages or integrated within scripting pages. Essentially, html is Web Coding 101 and remains the logical choice for beginner's start their web code learning. Just as an example, I have used some very basic html coding while submitting this article. The code allows me to add a link to another web page, as you will see in the next paragraph.
HTML basics can be learned very easily and inexpensively via the internet. There are many tutorials, guides and eBooks which can assist the newcomer or sometimes even someone wishing to learn more advanced skills. Your local book store will likely have a section dedicated to computer programming with books teaching html at all levels.
Gaining a basic understanding of the inner workings of web pages does not need to be a daunting task. And one should not be intimidated by the large number of programming languages used in web pages today. Simply starting with html, reading through some tutorials and using the skills you learn to create a few simple web pages will help you on your way. The information you need to get up to speed with html is available at no cost and the tools you need to practice your skills are most likely already in your possession. So there is no need to wait any longer, just sit back, read and learn.