How to Make a Website

If you want to know how to make a website then you have come to the right place. Kids Coding Class is here to help. If you are 100% new to building a website and you aren’t too sure about terminologies like domain name and URL then it may be best to read our Coding for Beginners guide before you dive into this one. This page will help you learn how to make a website in different ways and should be useful for first-time website creators as well those who are a little more advanced and want to get stuck into the code.

How to make a Website

If you want to know how to make a website then you have come to the right place. Kids Coding Class is here to help. If you are 100% new to building a website and you aren’t too sure about terminologies like domain name and URL then it may be best to read our Coding for Beginners guide before you dive into this one. This page will help you learn how to make a website in different ways and should be useful for first-time website creators as well those who are a little more advanced and want to get stuck into the code.

How to make a Website:

There are different ways you create a website and which method is best really depends on a number of factors including goals of the website, your budget, the time you have to spend on it and your level of technical ability. There are two main types of website goals:

  1. A place to send people where they can read more information about you, your service or your mission.
  2.  A marketing tool to drive more business leads and enquiries.

Number 1 is easy to do as there is no pressure to get the website to appear on Google and other search engines. Number 2 is much more difficult and takes a lot more time and effort. Everyone should be aware that simply making a website, even if it is really good doesn’t mean you will get more business, understanding SEO and digital marketing is key for website goal number 2, so if this is what your intentions are you may be best learning about SEO before you dive in and create your website. See our SEO Course guide for more information on this.

There are a number of ways to make a website, these are all explained below:

  1. Get a web developer or digital agency to build it for you. This will be expensive if you want a great website.
  2. Use a website builder where you do not need any coding knowledge. Website builders are user-friendly, easy to learn and often cheap to use but they are limited in terms of Functionality .
  3. Use a more advanced website builder or content management system like WordPress (CMS) that enables you to add your own bespoke code but delivers a lot of the functionality via Plugins . Plugins are great but they also have limited functionality and you may have to alter their code for them to do what you want them to do. To use WordPress or another CMS you will need to know code.
  4. Build a bespoke website from scratch. You will need to be a website developer to do this. Most website developers sit in two categories, a front end developer, sometimes called a web designer and secondly a back end developer often referred to as simply a developer, these are the people that code all the functionality required.

How to make a Website:

There are different ways you create a website and which method is best really depends on a number of factors including goals of the website, your budget, the time you have to spend on it and your level of technical ability. There are two main types of website goals:

  1. A place to send people where they can read more information about you, your service or your mission.
  2.  A marketing tool to drive more business leads and enquiries.

Number 1 is easy to do as there is no pressure to get the website to appear on Google and other search engines. Number 2 is much more difficult and takes a lot more time and effort. Everyone should be aware that simply making a website, even if it is really good doesn’t mean you will get more business, understanding SEO and digital marketing is key for website goal number 2, so if this is what your intentions are you may be best learning about SEO before you dive in and create your website. See our SEO Course guide for more information on this.

There are a number of ways to make a website, these are all explained below:

  1. Get a web developer or digital agency to build it for you. This will be expensive if you want a great website.
  2. Use a website builder where you do not need any coding knowledge. Website builders are user-friendly, easy to learn and often cheap to use but they are limited in terms of Functionality .
  3. Use a more advanced website builder or content management system like WordPress (CMS) that enables you to add your own bespoke code but delivers a lot of the functionality via Plugins . Plugins are great but they also have limited functionality and you may have to alter their code for them to do what you want them to do. To use WordPress or another CMS you will need to know code.
  4. Build a bespoke website from scratch. You will need to be a website developer to do this. Most website developers sit in two categories, a front end developer, sometimes called a web designer and secondly a back end developer often referred to as simply a developer, these are the people that code all the functionality required.

Choosing your Website Builder:

Now if you are a beginner and you want to quickly know how to build a basic website then using a website builder is the quickest easiest way to get a website live on the internet; however, it has its drawbacks. Website builders are good for basic websites with no functionality but if you want to do some cool things like sell products and get your website appearing on Google then a basic website builder may not be the best option for the long run but is still a good place to start.

Choosing your Website Builder

Now if you are a beginner and you want to quickly know how to build a basic website then using a website builder is the quickest easiest way to get a website live on the internet; however, it has its drawbacks. Website builders are good for basic websites with no functionality but if you want to do some cool things like sell products and get your website appearing on Google then a basic website builder may not be the best option for the long run but is still a good place to start.

The Wix and WordPress CMS Website Builder

Before you learn how to code, learning the basics of how a website works is key. I built my first website on Wix and it was pretty useful. You can make nice designs and add submission forms and video content if you wish. You can also input all of the SEO parameters like the meta description to help the website start appearing on Google.

Wix will help you to understand what the basics of a website are and how different designs work. For local Google searches like ‘hairdresser near me’ Wix can actually rank quite well on Google, it is just limited for more general website searches and things that are not location specific. In conclusion, Wix is a great place to start for your first website.

WordPress is the most common content management system with over 70% of the world’s websites using it. WordPress enables you to quickly produce different website elements that you can then use on multiple pages without having to custom code each time. WordPress also enables you to use Plugins which saves a lot of time coding and also means you can introduce much more complex functionality on your website like review systems, advances shopping systems and things like that which you can’t do on Wix or other website builders. WordPress is also a good way to learn HTML and Javascript if you already know the basics. Throughout the Kids Coding Class, you will find a lot more information on how to make a website using WordPress.

The Wix and WordPress CMS Website Builder

Before you learn how to code, learning the basics of how a website works is key. I built my first website on Wix and it was pretty useful. You can make nice designs and add submission forms and video content if you wish. You can also input all of the SEO parameters like the meta description to help the website start appearing on Google.

Wix will help you to understand what the basics of a website are and how different designs work. For local Google searches like ‘hairdresser near me’ Wix can actually rank quite well on Google, it is just limited for more general website searches and things that are not location specific. In conclusion, Wix is a great place to start for your first website.

WordPress is the most common content management system with over 70% of the world’s websites using it. WordPress enables you to quickly produce different website elements that you can then use on multiple pages without having to custom code each time. WordPress also enables you to use Plugins which saves a lot of time coding and also means you can introduce much more complex functionality on your website like review systems, advances shopping systems and things like that which you can’t do on Wix or other website builders. WordPress is also a good way to learn HTML and Javascript if you already know the basics. Throughout the Kids Coding Class, you will find a lot more information on how to make a website using WordPress.

Choosing a Domain:

Choosing your domain name is a crucial step to making your own website. When selecting a domain name there are a number of factors to consider which are outlined below. If you need personalised help to select a domain name then contact Kids Coding Class for more advice.

Is the domain name available?

You may already have the perfect domain name in mind but if it is not available then there is no point thinking about it. You can quickly check to see if a domain is available from the domain name providers below

GoDaddy – https://uk.godaddy.com/domains

123 Reg – https://www.123-reg.co.uk/

Google Domains https://domains.google/#/

The Uk Domain https://www.theukdomain.uk/

Length of domain name

The general rule is that the shorter the domain name the better as it is more memorable and easier to search. Google also tends to favour shorter domain names in its organic search. However, the shorter the name the more likely it is to have been selected so there is a balance here.

Choosing a domain extension: .co.uk or .com

These are domain name extensions and often signify what country a website is based in so .com is usually the US and .co.uk is usually the United Kingdom. There are many different domain name extensions and some have specific meanings such as .gov means it is a government run website. There are other extensions such as .net .org .uk all of which are commonly used. At Kids Coding Class we think it is best to stick with .co.uk or .com for your website as these are the longest standing and most recognised by Google and other search engines.

Brand domain name or not?

Should I use my brand as the domain name or not? This is a good question and there isn’t a right answer. Having a brand and domain name that match will mean that you are more likely to appear on Google for that search term and rank better for it (See our SEO course for more info on this) but it doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do. If your domain name matches a highly used search term then there may be opportunity to get website visitors to your website as you are more likely to rank for a search that matches your domain name. There are some big companies that have domain names that don’t match their brand e.g. B&Q have https://www.diy.com/ Selecting the best domain name will depend on your brand and business objectives. To get support with this contact us for more personalised advice.

Contents of a domain name

You may be tempted to use a hyphen in your domain as other version of the domain name are taken so for example GoodFootballPlayers.com becomes Good-Football-players.com. However you have to be careful with strategies like this as most SEO experts agree that a hyphen in the Root Domain name is not a good idea as Google tends to limit the ranking capabilities of these sites, especially if a website exists with the same name but doesn’t contain hyphens. Keeping a domain name simple, without any special characters is a really good rule to stick to.

Other Considerations

There are other considerations when choosing a domain name such as: what domains do your competitors have, trademarks, keywords, long term plan and may other things to consider that will often be specific to the aims of your website. Contact Kids Coding Class for a specific plan to help you choose a domain name for your website. We have experts in this field that aren’t just kids!

Choosing a Domain:

Choosing your domain name is a crucial step to making your own website. When selecting a domain name there are a number of factors to consider which are outlined below. If you need personalised help to select a domain name then contact Kids Coding Class for more advice.

Is the domain name available?

You may already have the perfect domain name in mind but if it is not available then there is no point thinking about it. You can quickly check to see if a domain is available from the domain name providers below

GoDaddy – https://uk.godaddy.com/domains

123 Reg – https://www.123-reg.co.uk/

Google Domains https://domains.google/#/

The Uk Domain https://www.theukdomain.uk/

Length of domain name

The general rule is that the shorter the domain name the better as it is more memorable and easier to search. Google also tends to favour shorter domain names in its organic search. However, the shorter the name the more likely it is to have been selected so there is a balance here.

Choosing a domain extension: .co.uk or .com

These are domain name extensions and often signify what country a website is based in so .com is usually the US and .co.uk is usually the United Kingdom. There are many different domain name extensions and some have specific meanings such as .gov means it is a government run website. There are other extensions such as .net .org .uk all of which are commonly used. At Kids Coding Class we think it is best to stick with .co.uk or .com for your website as these are the longest standing and most recognised by Google and other search engines.

Brand domain name or not?

Should I use my brand as the domain name or not? This is a good question and there isn’t a right answer. Having a brand and domain name that match will mean that you are more likely to appear on Google for that search term and rank better for it (See our SEO course for more info on this) but it doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do. If your domain name matches a highly used search term then there may be opportunity to get website visitors to your website as you are more likely to rank for a search that matches your domain name. There are some big companies that have domain names that don’t match their brand e.g. B&Q have https://www.diy.com/ Selecting the best domain name will depend on your brand and business objectives. To get support with this contact us for more personalised advice.

Contents of a domain name

You may be tempted to use a hyphen in your domain as other version of the domain name are taken so for example GoodFootballPlayers.com becomes Good-Football-players.com. However you have to be careful with strategies like this as most SEO experts agree that a hyphen in the Root Domain name is not a good idea as Google tends to limit the ranking capabilities of these sites, especially if a website exists with the same name but doesn’t contain hyphens. Keeping a domain name simple, without any special characters is a really good rule to stick to.

Other Considerations

There are other considerations when choosing a domain name such as: what domains do your competitors have, trademarks, keywords, long term plan and may other things to consider that will often be specific to the aims of your website. Contact Kids Coding Class for a specific plan to help you choose a domain name for your website. We have experts in this field that aren’t just kids!

Custom Built Websites

If you know how to make a website in custom code then you are at the end of this course as this is the most advanced option and requires in-depth knowledge of code in multiple languages. From HTML to python to Java, all sorts of coding languages can be used and each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Custom coded websites enable you to do pretty much anything and everything as you are not limited by the CMS, plugins or website builder you are using, you are free to code your own website. We will revisit how to build a website using code later.

Custom Built Websites

If you know how to make a website in custom code then you are at the end of this course as this is the most advanced option and requires in-depth knowledge of code in multiple languages. From HTML to python to Java, all sorts of coding languages can be used and each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Custom coded websites enable you to do pretty much anything and everything as you are not limited by the CMS, plugins or website builder you are using, you are free to code your own website. We will revisit how to build a website using code later.

Making your Website and Structure

Now you know about website builders and WordPress we can now look at how to build a website.

  1. Choose a website builder, for this example we will use Wix and for the second example, we will use WordPress.

How to use Wix website builder

Making your Website and Structure

Now you know about website builders and WordPress we can now look at how to build a website.

  1. Choose a website builder, for this example we will use Wix and for the second example, we will use WordPress.

How to use Wix website builder

How to make a Website:

There are different ways you create a website and which method is best really depends on a number of factors including goals of the website, your budget, the time you have to spend on it and your level of technical ability. There are two main types of website goals:

  1. A place to send people where they can read more information about you, your service or your mission.
  2.  A marketing tool to drive more business leads and enquiries.

Number 1 is easy to do as there is no pressure to get the website to appear on Google and other search engines. Number 2 is much more difficult and takes a lot more time and effort. Everyone should be aware that simply making a website, even if it is really good doesn’t mean you will get more business, understanding SEO and digital marketing is key for website goal number 2, so if this is what your intentions are you may be best learning about SEO before you dive in and create your website. See our SEO Course guide for more information on this.

There are a number of ways to make a website, these are all explained below:

  1. Get a web developer or digital agency to build it for you. This will be expensive if you want a great website.
  2. Use a website builder where you do not need any coding knowledge. Website builders are user-friendly, easy to learn and often cheap to use but they are limited in terms of Functionality .
  3. Use a more advanced website builder or content management system like WordPress (CMS) that enables you to add your own bespoke code but delivers a lot of the functionality via Plugins . Plugins are great but they also have limited functionality and you may have to alter their code for them to do what you want them to do. To use WordPress or another CMS you will need to know code.
  4. Build a bespoke website from scratch. You will need to be a website developer to do this. Most website developers sit in two categories, a front end developer, sometimes called a web designer and secondly a back end developer often referred to as simply a developer, these are the people that code all the functionality required.

Choosing your Website Builder

Now if you are a beginner and you want to quickly know how to build a basic website then using a website builder is the quickest easiest way to get a website live on the internet; however, it has its drawbacks. Website builders are good for basic websites with no functionality but if you want to do some cool things like sell products and get your website appearing on Google then a basic website builder may not be the best option for the long run but is still a good place to start.

The Wix and WordPress CMS Website Builder

Before you learn how to code, learning the basics of how a website works is key. I built my first website on Wix and it was pretty useful. You can make nice designs and add submission forms and video content if you wish. You can also input all of the SEO parameters like the meta description to help the website start appearing on Google.

Wix will help you to understand what the basics of a website are and how different designs work. For local Google searches like ‘hairdresser near me’ Wix can actually rank quite well on Google, it is just limited for more general website searches and things that are not location specific. In conclusion, Wix is a great place to start for your first website.

WordPress is the most common content management system with over 70% of the world’s websites using it. WordPress enables you to quickly produce different website elements that you can then use on multiple pages without having to custom code each time. WordPress also enables you to use Plugins which saves a lot of time coding and also means you can introduce much more complex functionality on your website like review systems, advances shopping systems and things like that which you can’t do on Wix or other website builders. WordPress is also a good way to learn HTML and Javascript if you already know the basics. Throughout the Kids Coding Class, you will find a lot more information on how to make a website using WordPress.

Choosing a Domain:

Choosing your domain name is a crucial step to making your own website. When selecting a domain name there are a number of factors to consider which are outlined below. If you need personalised help to select a domain name then contact Kids Coding Class for more advice.

Is the domain name available?

You may already have the perfect domain name in mind but if it is not available then there is no point thinking about it. You can quickly check to see if a domain is available from the domain name providers below

GoDaddy – https://uk.godaddy.com/domains

123 Reg – https://www.123-reg.co.uk/

Google Domains https://domains.google/#/

The Uk Domain https://www.theukdomain.uk/

Length of domain name

The general rule is that the shorter the domain name the better as it is more memorable and easier to search. Google also tends to favour shorter domain names in its organic search. However, the shorter the name the more likely it is to have been selected so there is a balance here.

Choosing a domain extension: .co.uk or .com

These are domain name extensions and often signify what country a website is based in so .com is usually the US and .co.uk is usually the United Kingdom. There are many different domain name extensions and some have specific meanings such as .gov means it is a government run website. There are other extensions such as .net .org .uk all of which are commonly used. At Kids Coding Class we think it is best to stick with .co.uk or .com for your website as these are the longest standing and most recognised by Google and other search engines.

Brand domain name or not?

Should I use my brand as the domain name or not? This is a good question and there isn’t a right answer. Having a brand and domain name that match will mean that you are more likely to appear on Google for that search term and rank better for it (See our SEO course for more info on this) but it doesn’t mean it is the right thing to do. If your domain name matches a highly used search term then there may be opportunity to get website visitors to your website as you are more likely to rank for a search that matches your domain name. There are some big companies that have domain names that don’t match their brand e.g. B&Q have https://www.diy.com/ Selecting the best domain name will depend on your brand and business objectives. To get support with this contact us for more personalised advice.

Contents of a domain name

You may be tempted to use a hyphen in your domain as other version of the domain name are taken so for example GoodFootballPlayers.com becomes Good-Football-players.com. However you have to be careful with strategies like this as most SEO experts agree that a hyphen in the Root Domain name is not a good idea as Google tends to limit the ranking capabilities of these sites, especially if a website exists with the same name but doesn’t contain hyphens. Keeping a domain name simple, without any special characters is a really good rule to stick to.

Other Considerations

There are other considerations when choosing a domain name such as: what domains do your competitors have, trademarks, keywords, long term plan and may other things to consider that will often be specific to the aims of your website. Contact Kids Coding Class for a specific plan to help you choose a domain name for your website. We have experts in this field that aren’t just kids!

Custom Built Websites

If you know how to make a website in custom code then you are at the end of this course as this is the most advanced option and requires in-depth knowledge of code in multiple languages. From HTML to python to Java, all sorts of coding languages can be used and each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Custom coded websites enable you to do pretty much anything and everything as you are not limited by the CMS, plugins or website builder you are using, you are free to code your own website. We will revisit how to build a website using code later.

Making your Website and Structure

Now you know about website builders and WordPress we can now look at how to build a website.

  1. Choose a website builder, for this example we will use Wix and for the second example, we will use WordPress.

How to use Wix website builder

How to Make a Website

Whether you want to make your own website and would like our team to help you with tips and advice or whether you would like us to do most of the build for you, we are here to help. Get in touch to enquire about our one to one support for website building.

How to Make a Website

Whether you want to make your own website and would like our team to help you with tips and advice or whether you would like us to do most of the build for you, we are here to help. Get in touch to enquire about our one to one support for website building.

How to Make a Website

Whether you want to make your own website and would like our team to help you with tips and advice or whether you would like us to do most of the build for you, we are here to help. Get in touch to enquire about our one to one support for website building.