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Styling your site

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Going live

There are plenty of websites out there to help create and host your website. Here are a few websites that have basic options for free but charge a fee for features such as domain names. Instead of buying a domain name you can usually choose a subdomain for free. All website builders and hosts require you to create an account to use their features. Please ask a grown-up to help set up an account.


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Children, make sure you follow these three simple rules when using the internet:

  1. Always ask an adult's permission before using the internet.
  2. Never give out personal information, such as your name, address, school or telephone number.
  3. If a website asks you to type in your name or email address, check with an adult first.

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About this book

Coding books for kids
Build Your Own Website for Beginners

Design and build a real, working website from scratch, using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Written for complete beginners of all ages, this book uses simple step-by-step instructions –and zero jargon­— to help readers get to grips with basic web design and create their very own space on the internet. With bright quirky illustrations throughout and lots of extra advice and downloads via Usborne Quicklinks.

Laura Cowan

Laura Cowan

Laura studied literature at Cambridge and more literature at Trinity College Dublin. This means she’s read a lot of books, which helps when writing them. Before joining Usborne, she taught English in Barcelona for four years, as well as in Dublin and Cambridge. She now lives in East London with some plants and a lot of vintage clothes.

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