From the mailbag:
My 8 year old asked me yesterday how she can make her own site online.
Where should I send her?
Bob in Montana"
Oh, MamaBear just shivers in delight whenever she gets questions like this!
Teaching your kid how to build sites online will be so useful for their future, because let's face it…
That's how communications these days are moving.
Think about it…
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter…..
Being able to join them all into one big wondrous launchpad is a Very Wise Things Indeed.
But I encourage you to look further than simply building a site online!
Remember, your child might be a kid today, but sometime in the 'way distant future, he or she will be applying to college and jobs!
Don't you think it would look 'way more impressive if they had their own portfolio/resume on their own name domain name site?
MamaBear bought 4 domain names for all of her cubs, plus…the standard birthday gift she gives to friends is their personal domain name online as well.
('course, the fact that only her cubs have taken advantage of this, and *not* the 20-30 year olds who utterly need it….that's a story for a whole 'nother post! Luckily, the only people whom I take ownership is my family, so I simply shake my head in dismay. )
It's easy to buy a domain name; GoDaddy has them for less than $12/year! True, hosting them is another thing entirely, but I firmly believe the following.
Smart parents reserve their kids' name as a future domain.
Let me now step down from me soapbox and answer your question. I appreciate you reading this far!
When MamaBear started her kids on learning about the Internet, she let them build free sites over at:
These 3 sites let your child teach themselves about the ins and outs of site building.
Need some tutorials?
And if your kid needs some tutorials, check out:
Hope the above resources help!
Remember, the fact your kid has shown an interest in making her make on the Internet – that's really really more cool than meeting Macgyver at your local food market! Congratulate her bigtime…she deserves it.