March 2, 2021

What is the difference between HTML and CSS? (Cocktail Party Edition!)

Pour a glass of wine, stir up an Old Fashioned, and shake up that martini! It’s time to learn some more “Cocktail Party Knowledge” about the web world!

In this blog post series, I’m giving you the bird’s eye view of different web terms so you can have the confidence to speak intelligently about it with others, instead of grabbing your coat and running for the door when the subject comes up, i.e. you have cocktail party working knowledge.

If you have a website, or are building a website, or have someone building a site for you, chances are you have heard of HTML and CSS.  But what the heck are they?

HTML and CSS are languages.  HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language.  It’s the language of websites.  It gives the website its structure and content.  It is the code that tells Safari or Chrome how to display the website.  CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets. It describes what the HTML looks like.

Imagine your website is a building.  The HTML is the foundation, the walls, the roof.  It is the basic elements of the house.  CSS is the paint, the crown molding, the vaulted ceilings, the hardwood floors.  It is what makes the house come to life and look good.  

Unless you are learning code, you may never have to deal with HTML or CSS.  There are even web designers who don’t even use much HTML or CSS – there are many easier ways to build websites these days. Lots of designers use builders such as Divi or Elementor that don’t require code, but allow the designer to “drag and drop” to build a web page.  

However, you can do some really cool things with CSS to make web pages look neat – I just learned how to animate a gradient background and it’s all done with CSS.  Cool, huh?

So now you know what HTML and CSS are and what they do! Cheers!

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