With the more and more people gaining access to the internet, you are missing out on a vast potential audience if you don't have a website. Yes, you can hire a web design company to build your online presence but that can be costly. If you have the desire to learn, you can create a website yourself at a fraction of the cost.
HTML, or HyperText Markup Language is a coding language that is used to to create web pages. Out of all the many computer languages, many have found HTML is the easiest to learn. It is completely possible to build a website a website with nothing more than notepad. All you need is vision of what you want to create and a little bit of HTML to get started.
If you're a visual person, you can use web design program instead of notepad if you choose. There are many programs available that will allow you to design in a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) environment. The best part is there are a few great programs out there that won’t cost you a dime.
HTML consists of codes or commands that tell your browser how to display the information contained within the file. Each command is enclosed within angle brackets and usually have opening and closing tags like this <p>This is a paragraph.</p> although with the closing tags are not necessarily needed. The most basic website simply contains text and links to navigate throughout the site. The code to create a text link is pretty simple. It will look something like this: <a href="http://www.facebook.com">Facebook</a>.
With a little practice, web design can become second nature, as simple as writing an email.