Online, one of the most commonly asked quesions is what type of html list will automatically place a number in front of the items? Well, the answer is pretty simple, though we don’t blame you from not knowing the answer to this difficult questions. The answer is..

An Ordered List.

Also commonly referred to in shorthand as an OL, ordered lists are one of the most commonly uses things in HTML and the likelihood is if you’re learning about this kind of stuff this won’t be the last time that you have to look at ordered lists.

What is the code for an Ordered List?

Well, the code is as follows;






Now, if you write this in the text part of your WordPress or other CMS system, it should appear as below;

  1. One
  2. Two
  3. Three

Ordered lists are extremely useful for your website and will help the appearance drastically. There’s also some research that using an ordered list will make you more apparent and credible in Google’s eyes, which is an advantage for any SEO’s out there.

Ok.. So what’s the code for an unordered list?

Well, it’s extremely similar as you might expect. See below;






This should appear as so;


  • One
  • Two
  • Three

Unordered lists definitely have their place in HTML too, and are actually more frequently uses amongst marketers who do not want to list their items in order.

Which should I use?

Well, it’s completely down to the individual whether or not you want to list your items or you wish to use a less ordered option. If you’re creating a shopping list, use an ordered list. If you’re making bullet points about the benefits of healthy eating, then an unordered list would be the best option to use.

Thanks for the help!

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Many people have asked me throughout the years how long it took me to get to learn what I know about HTML. I w ould consider myself to be somewhat of an HTML expert, hence why I created HTML5Pioneer, to try and help people understand how HTML works. So, how long does it take to learn HTML? Well, this is kind of a trick question. Why? Well..

You’ll never completely learn HTML.

It’s always changing. It’s forever changing by definition in fact, so you’ll never technically learn HTML to it’s full potential, and neither will I. Now, another question that you might ask it; how long does it take to get to a decent level of HTML knowledge? Well, for that I might give you a slightly less cryptic answer.

No, I definitely don’t agree with the gentleman above that you can learn HTML in 12 minutes, this is ridiculous. A more realistic expectation may be;

Around 500 hours.

Yes, that’s my personal opinion that it will take you this long to get to a really proficient standard of HTML. This means that it will take you over a year of working on learning HTML if you spend one hour per day learning.

Or, if you’re extremely driven, you could learn HTML pretty in depth within the space of a month if you’re willing to put the hours into it. This means full time days and a lot of concentration.

In reality, it would be perfect to find a happy medium. No one wants to spend 12 hours a day learning HTML, not even me! If you can spare 10 hours per week to dedicate to learning HTML, you should be up to speed within a year and I wold estimate at that point you would be at a good enough standard to charge for your services.

Of course, there are many different branches of HTML that you’ll need to learn, so be willing to use your brain to the best of it’s capabilities!