Dear Amy: We are designing a website this semester and I want to do a good job, but I have never created one before. Do you have any advice? — Michael T., Tacoma, Washington
Dear Michael: Once your teacher provides guidelines for the project, you can begin your research. As you search for graphics and gather information, remember to focus on reputable sources. Websites that end in “.edu,” such as the Smithsonian Institution, si.edu, are educational institutions, and those that end in “.gov” are government institutions, such as the Library of Congress, loc.gov. Always be sure to properly cite sources for facts and images.
Fortunately, there are website builders that are user-friendly for kids. Wix.com and Weebly.com are two of the most popular free website creators, with templates and drag-and-drop features that allow you to create a stunning website in a short time.
When choosing a design, keep both your audience and subject in mind. For example, if your site discusses serious political or social issues, you may want a professional appearance with muted colors. On the other hand, if you are creating a website about gardening, bright colors and whimsical features would be more appropriate.
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