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Can You Recommend a Website Builder for Kids?

If you think your kids can’t build their own website, think again. Kids love computers, tablets, smartphones and whatever might come next, and they’ll use them for as long as these devices entertain and inform them.

I think that providing kids with the opportunity to build their own website is a positive decision for many reasons. Firstly, there are real skills to be learnt there. Secondly, this experience can translate into a desire for further web-related study. Thirdly, a website can become a great tool for self-expression and creativity. Running a personal website can motivate kids to write articles, take photographs, make and sell crafts, create galleries of his/her drawings and more.

Starting a website is undoubtedly a great idea, but which site builder to choose? Are there any special website builders created specially for kids?

The sad truth is that there are no specialized site builders for kids. I failed to find any decent options.

In fact, there’s a handful of websites that claim to be website makers for kids, but in fact, they’re not. I did find a few web services offering ‘the perfect solution for website building for kids and teenagers’. But when I registered there I was more than disappointed. They didn’t look inspiring.

I also found a Doodlekit landing page that advertised the builder as the best site builder for kids. I thought they’ve developed a separate solution for kids, but when I signed up I realized that I entered the regular, ‘adult’ Doodlekit control panel.

Doodlekit website builder

So, if you’re trying to find a specialized site builder for kids, here’s my advice – stop wasting your time. If your kid is tech-savvy, he/she can easily create a website using a regular drag-and-drop site builder like Wix or Weebly.

Have you ever seen a specialized site builder for kids out in the wild? Share your experience in the comments!

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  • Ed

    Thank you, this was really useful and stopped me wasting time on getting my kids on a rubbish web builder.

  • adsy.me

    Hi @superbwebsitebuilders:disqus in April we launched http://adsy.me it’s a web app to create micro websites in a snap, it’s free. The kids & teens who’ve been using it so far seem to love it. We’re not advertised “for kids” but I guess there’s some kind of cool factor in the original format 😉 Here is our latest explainer by the way, released with our V1 on friday (a video which we translated in 10 languages, a cool way to learn languages for kids ;-)) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y-FQtg-DqE

    • Hi! Thanks for sharing. Looks like an interesting app.

      • adsy.me

        Thanks 😉 still early days but very exciting to see what people & especially kids&teens are doing with the platform. See for instance this Minecraft adsy, will remind you of Geocities in a way: http://www.adsy.me/rb8vMNkwvh

  • Emma Witts

    Howard, the idea of the web site builder for kids is really great. It’s poor that there is no many apps in this area.