8 HTML tags you need to be using (and 5 to avoid)

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When the HTML5 specification was introduced, it brought with it a host of new semantic tags, which gave more meaning to HTML tags. Great news for web designers, who no longer had to produce swatches of <div> tags to build their website structure.

While the basic semantic HTML tags like <header>, <footer> and <nav> are self-explanatory, there is a plethora of newer HTML tags that web designers need to be using as well. In this post, we round up eight essential HTML tags you need to use, and explain how to do that. For balance, we've also picked five tags that need to be banished to the confines of web history.

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Matt Crouch

Matt Crouch is a front end developer who uses his knowledge of React, GraphQL and Styled Components to build online platforms for award-winning startups across the UK. He has written a range of articles and tutorials for net and Web Designer magazines covering the latest and greatest web development tools and technologies.