HTML Code Every Business Owner Should Know (Don’t Worry – It’s Easy!)

October 14, 2015 ~ Deb Lee


Blogging and creating content for your business website is one of the many marketing tools you have at your disposal. It might be tricky to find the time to write posts or copy for your landing pages, but, fortunately, there are a few strategies you can use to help speed up the process. For example, using a blog post template and even knowing a bit of HTML code can help you write (and edit) your content more quickly.

Another great reason to know a bit of code is because the more comfortable you are with some basic HTML, the less dependent you’ll be on your web guy or gal. You’ll be able to make minor changes quickly without having to wait for someone else to do it for you.

HTML Basics

Yes, I know you’re afraid of HTML, but it really doesn’t have to be as complicated as you might think. There are a few basic codes that will help you out in a pinch so you’ll want to keep handy. And, today, I’m going to share them with you.

Though I use these codes often, I keep them all in a list that I can refer to just in case I don’t remember all the characters. You might want to do the same thing, too. Go ahead and throw them in Evernote or Trello for safe keeping.

Before I share the codes with you, there are two things I want you to keep in mind:

  1.  HTML always comes to the party with friends, known as tags. And, tags come in pairs. One half of the pair sits in front (or at the beginning) of your text and the other sits behind your text (or at the end).
  2. The other important thing to remember is that the closing tag (the one at the end of your text) always has a forward slash in front of it.

So, it will look like this:

<tag>Deb wants us to learn more about basic HTML.</tag>

I highlighted the tags in pink and the text in blue to help you visually separate the components. So, just to recap: your text will always be flanked by the opening and closing tags. And, the closing tag never leaves home without the forward slash. Got that? See, I told you that HTML doesn’t have to be monstrous. =)

Alright, here’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. Below are three sets of commands that you’ll probably need to execute regularly.  Get familiar with them, but also remember that you can save in an online notebook to refer back to them whenever you need them.

HTML Code Every Business Blogger Should Know

1. Font Size.


  • X-Small:    <span style=”font-size: x-small;”> HTML is not scary. </span>
  • What you’ll see:  HTML is not scary. 
  • Small:   <span style=”font-size: small;”>HTML is not scary.</span>
  • What You’ll See:  HTML is not scary. 
  • Medium:  <span style=”font-size: medium;”>HTML is not scary.</span>
  • What You’ll See: HTML is not scary. 
  • Large:   <span style=”font-size: large;”>HTML is not scary.</span>
  • What You’ll See:  HTML is not scary.


2. Text Alignment.


  • Left: <p style=”text-align: left;”>HTML is my friend.</p>
  • Center: <p style=”text-align: center;”>HTML is my friend.</p>
  • Right:  <p style=”text-align: right;”>HTML is my friend.</p>


What You’ll See:


HTML for Business Bloggers


3. Font Color.


  • <font color=”red”>HTML code looks great in red!</font>
  • What You’ll See: HTML code looks great in red!
  • <font color=”blue”>HTML code looks great in blue!</font>
  • What You’ll See: HTML code looks great in blue!
  • <font color=”green”>HTML code looks great in green!</font>
  • What You’ll See: HTML code looks great in green!

If you didn’t find this post too scary and think you want a bit more information — and practice using HTML — head over to see easy to understand charts and to get tutorials on basic HTML. What’s nice about the tutorials is that you get to try out what you’ve learned.


Deb Lee
Deb Lee
Deb is a Certified Professional Organizer® and founder of D. Allison Lee LLC, a productivity and digital business consulting firm that helps small business clients gain control of their time and be more productive using technology. Deb is an avid blogger and her organization, lifestyle, and digital business tips have been featured in USA Today, local network news broadcasts,,,, and more.
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