Dear Amy: Do I have to learn HTML to build a website? — Chloe, Atlanta, Ga.
Dear Chloe: Online editing programs make it possible to build a website without any knowledge of HTML. However, if you want more control over how your website looks and want to add special features, you’ll need to learn HTML and CSS. A great place to start is the Web Arcade at Thimble, thimble.webmaker.org/en-US/webarcade. This set of mini-games makes learning HTML, CSS and Web design fun! Once you’ve completed these projects, you’ll be ready to start building your own site. Thimble allows you to create and host Web pages for free, or you can use another Web host. For tips on finding a great free Web host, visit free-webhosts.com/free-webhosting-article.php.
If you decide not to learn HTML, there are still many great options for building your own website. Weebly, weebly.com, has a simple drag-and-drop website builder and a variety of templates and features — all for free. Google Sites, sites.google.com, is another popular free option. Be sure to ask a parent for permission before signing up at any of these sites, and send me your new URL so I can check it out!
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