Friday, November 17, 2017

Basic HTML For Writing Online Articles

Basic HTML For Writing Online Articles

When submitting to online article directories, there will usually be an editor where you can perform simple formatting functions like underline, linking and bolding.  But, there are still a few article directories in which you need to embed the HTML for performing the formatting functions into your articles yourself.

The following HTML tags are introduced in this article:  unordered HTML list , list item , anchor ,  italics , underline , bold and line break .  Although the tags accepted by different directories are not the same, for the most part, the tags here are all you need to be able to properly format your article.

HTML tags are enclosed within angle brackets, and the HTML tags in this article are shown with a space before and after the opening and closing angle bracket.  This is done so that they will not be mistaken for actual formatting tags.  When you are submitting your own articles, you must remove both spaces.  In addition, the text that goes in your articles will be in italics to make it easier to read.

It might look difficult but I promise that you will end up with better looking articles, and it really is easy once you get the hang of it.  Okay?  Let's continue...

The Open And Close Tags Of HTML

In most cases, HTML tags have an opening and a closing tag, although some tags are used singly.

As an example, the italics tag has an opening and closing tag and they need to be used together:

This is in italics.

As you can see, there is an opening tag and a closing tag.

But the line break tag does not need to be closed and is used thus:

A line break will be inserted after this sentence.


This just means that the tags can be used within each other.  However, they cannot be interlinked.

This is how it should be written:

The text in this sentence is in bold and italicized.

This is another correct example:

The word bold is in bold.

This is wrong:

The HTML tags are wrongly put.

The Underline, Bold and Italic Tag

The underline, italic and bold tags are , and respectively.  They have their respective closing tags as follows: , and

The following will bold, italicize and underline the text enclosed:

This is underlined, in italics and bold.

The Line Break Tag

This HTML tag is used to start a new line.  This tag is used by itself and does not need a closing tag.

It is used as follows:

There is a line break after this line.

You can also put 2 or more line breaks together:

There are 2 line breaks after this line.

The Anchor Tag

This is the tag that you have to pay particular attention to as it is the most complicated.  It is also the one that will bring visitors to your website.

To link to your website or blog, you will use the anchor tag in the following way:

Please visit my site here.

Only the word "here" will be underlined and clickable.  In addition, MySiteDotCom must be an actual url.

The Unordered HTML List And List Item Tags

An unordered list can be created by using the unordered HTML list tag and the list item tag .  They are used together to create the unordered list.

As an example, if you wanted an unordered list of 3 items, you would write something like the following:

This is a list of 3 items:

First Item

Second Item

Third Item

Observe the nesting of the list item tags within the unordered HTML list tag.


The article directories are many and varied and they also differ in which HTML tags they will accept. Do read their submission guidelines and remember to always use the preview button before submitting your article.

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