Even an algorithm visualizer in your web browser like this one I built!
Why AreHTML And CSS Enough To Create A Website?
HTML is the code that is used to structure a web page and its content. That means that any text, images, forms, links, and buttons you see on a website are generated with HTML.
CSS is the language you use to style a webpage. It is how you change aspects such as the size, color, and positioning of the elements listed above.
With these two languages combined, you have more than enough tools to build a simple one-page landing page or a business website. If you have information that you want to get across to a potential visitor, and that content never changes and there are no additional actions your user needs to take, you do not need anything else to build a basic website.
However, web development is a lot more than just HTML and CSS. Below we are going to break down the other languages and technologies that are used and why they come in handy.
Other Components That Are Used To Build A Website
Backend Languages & Databases
There are many websites out there that utilize a backend language and a database.
As an example, think about Facebook. Every time you log in, Facebook has to remember your username and password and process your request to log in. Once you are logged in to Facebook, Facebook also remembers your friend’s list, your posts, and your messages.
All of this data is stored in a database and accessed with a backend language. If you wish to have data like this on your site, you are going to have to implement a backend language and a database.
Web Hosting & Domain
Finally, if you want to connect your website to a domain that anyone can reach, such as www.grantdarling.com, you need to buy web hosting andregister a domain name. I personally recommend SiteGround as a web host and NameCheap as the domain name for a beginner on a budget.
By registering a domain name and hosting your files online, you can now show your website to anyone in the world!
That’s pretty much it! Hopefully, this article sheds some light on whether HTML and CSS are enough to create a website.
If you are new to web development and want to know how to become a web developer, check out this article!