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What Programming Language Skills You Require For Blogging?

What Programming Language Skills You Require For Blogging?

This is the part of our question and answer series, and this question is from Ranjeet :

I am planning to start an educational guidance blog. And for that we have started to gather all information. What I want to know is; do I need to have good programming skills to start blogging? Since I am not good in programming will it be necessary for me to start learning. If yes, from what should I start and which languages should I learn. Hope you will take a little time to answer my question. Thank you.

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This is the same question which most of the newbie bloggers have in mind, and in this article I will be giving you all the information you need to know about programming language (Coding) and blogging. I will be answering some of the questions like:

  • Do you need to learn coding for blogging?
  • Which programming language is important for bloggers?
  • Can someone blog without any programming skills?

Blogging – Programming – Coding : To be or Not to be

First of all, if you are someone who don’t know programming language, you don’t have to  worry about anything. You can still blog without any programming skills. Having any new skills is always an advantage and helps in some way, similarly if you know any programming language like HTML, CSS, PHP, it will always be handy in day-to-day online life. But if not, there is always a way around for that.

One of the best thing about blogging is, anyone without any technical skills can start and maintain a blog. There are so many self-help guides and tutorials on web, which can help you start and run your blog. Ex : How to install your first WordPress blog.

Many people connect blogging with web-designing and they think it’s important to know web-designing to manage a blog, but this is not the truth. All you need to be good at is; knowing the topic you are writing about and have a good writing skills. Rest, everything can be easily taken care of. In this article I will mention about everything that you should know about Blogging and programming.

Now, I will mention a list of those programming language which is going to be helpful for you to advance in blogging. In case if you are like me who don’t know about these programming languages, I also have a solution for the same, which I have discussed at the end.

Which programming language is useful for blogging:

HTML/ HTML5 :

Html5

HTML is the first and basic language which I recommend to you. Though most of the blogging platform like WordPress and BlogSpot offers WYSIWYG Editor (What you see is what you get), but knowing HTML coding is always going to be handy. There will be time when you might face issues with post breaking and formatting. Having HTML knowledge will be helpful. Not only this, when you have to place advertisement in your blog widget or in the theme code, basic HTML codes will make your work easier. None the less, HTML is the easiest language to learn and with 2-3 hours, you can be someone who can talk, eat and walk HTML. Though if you have not started with HTML before, I would suggest to learn HTML5 instead.

PHP:

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If you are a WordPress blogger, knowing PHP will be like having a magic wand. You can quickly fix many issues related to WordPress or none the less, you can code your own plugin or theme. This is one server side scripting language which is going to be helpful in your web-development and extending the capabilities of your WordPress blog. If you are in college or in mood to learn new language, PHP is going to be helpful for your blogging career. More over, if you are a good PHP coder, you can make money by creating and selling WordPress plugins.

CSS/ CSS3: 

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Knowing CSS will help you to quickly edit your blog theme. You can make those small changes like colours, padding and few others to improve your blog. Specially for WordPress themes, knowing CSS and PHP will help you to keep improving your blog day after day. This is one language which I wish to learn, and CSS3 afterwards.

Javascript is another language which you can consider learning, as this will help you to beautify your websites with jQuery. There are other skills which  are not related to programming but are going to be useful for you like; video editing and image editing. For video editing, you can learn any professional video editor software and for image editing Photoshop is the best.  In case if you are in mood to learn something new this monsoon, I would suggest to take photography course. This is going to be useful in long-run and make you stand out of the blogging crowd.

Do you know it takes only 20 hours to acquire a new skills, and here are list of websites which you can use to learn coding. If you are looking for single recommendation, start with Treehouse or if you looking for complete free solution, W3School is the best place to start learning to code.

In case if you don’t have any of the above skills, you still don’t need to worry about. As you can always hire people from sites like oDesk, Freelancer.com to get work done for you, and you can focus on what you are best at. If you have any other queries, feel free to ask me via comments.

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  • Rakesh

    Javascript is must know if you are managing your blog by yourself. As it is client side scripting so any customization which can be possible through javascript we should use it because by this way we will not put extra load on server which can happen if we use server side script

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  • Adesanmi Adedotun

    Firstly, I’ll have to show sincere appreciation to Rajeent, who in the first place asked this question which mot bloggers carries about everyday and couldn’t find a specific answer to. Understanding HTML basic language is a bit advisable to all blogger who want t manage and handle things on their own include PHP.

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  • Ann Mary

    Great article!! Initailly i though there is no programming knowledge needed for wordpress blogging and you can get everything with plugins! I know lilttle php but HTML and CSS has always been a necessity to tweak the plugin and posts!!

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  • Shiva

    PHP and CSS is very much useful for bloggers for improving their websites.

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  • Ranjeet

    Hi harsh, thank you for being kind to write a article about my question. It was very helpful post it has almost everything i needed. And just today i read a post on this site about how to comment on blogs, and i will suggest everyone to go through it. I am saying this because here on the same article i can see very valuable comments. thank you.

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  • subeer

    Dear Harsh thank you so much for this extremely helpful article, in fact I am also intending to start my own blog on Textile and Fashion Design and this was the first question in my mind about programming languages … regards Subeer

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  • vijaykumar

    Add javascript to the list it is also powerful language can make many differences in website.

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  • Prasant

    Though you have covered every thing but there is one mistake, HTML is not a scripting language. You can’t define logic using HTML for that either you need to use JS for client side or PHP (one can use other languages as well) for server side.

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  • sushain

    All these languages are must.But i think sometime there is also some use of java script in there.

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  • Rakesh

    i think you miss JavaScript , many time we required it with wordpress

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  • Noufal Binu

    Basic knowledge of JavaScript is useful for bloggers. So I think all programming languages are helpful, Thanks for sharing Such informative article.

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  • Deepak Singh

    As Harsh said it takes only twenty minutes to learn a new skill , therefore I would recommend every newcomer to learn at least two programming languages i.e HTML5 and CSS3. This will not only save you a lot of money in your pocket but also time because you don’t need to contact your web developer to do small customization on your website for you. If you are a WordPress blogger then do try to learn PHP too because you can easily make a lot of money by creating your own custom themes and plugins.

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  • Balazs Hende

    Hey Harsh, I would add some MySQL too.

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  • Varun

    HTML isn’t a programming language it is ‘Markup Language’

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  • Tushar Sharma

    Hi Harsh, Why you have not included JavaScript in this list ?. It’s extremely helpful when some interaction to be added in blogs, example like your sticky floating bar.

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