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I reviewed their Let’s Make a Web Page course. This is a quick course in web page design written for children. Let’s Make a Web Page uses the program CoffeeCup Visual Site Designer. You can download the program and use it for free for 28 days. Let’s Make a Web Page takes you step by step through the process of building a simple website including backgrounds, photos, text, images, and sound. In addition to the instructions in website building it includes tips, warnings, and suggested sites for finding items to add to your webpage.
While this program was written for children, me- the mom, was the person to use this product. It took just a couple of days to move through the program. Since I am already blogging I tried a couple of the things suggested out on my own blog. This was a very quick introduction and was mostly a review of information but I did learn some new things. One of the main things I learned about was adding a background color to my blog. (Something I still need to add to mine.)
I think this book provides a good introduction to website design and would be very simple and easy for a child to use with just some supervision. I appreciated that along with the information on website building the course also included tips and cautions for what to watch out for when building your website. For example, text included tips on how to search safely and how to make sure you are using images that are legal to use. Also, Let’s Make a Web Page gives instructions on what to watch out for when looking for freebie sites to make sure you don’t end up with a virus or unwanted emails. I found the information on ways to find legal images and reminders on how to include links if those are required for the image you are using to be the most helpful to me. I have also been inspired to be more creative with my own blog and hope to eventually move to a self-hosted blog by the end of the year. I think my main objection to the program was the requirement to download a particular software to use. Since I already have a blog and even if I moved to self-hosted I would stay with the brand I was already familiar with I felt bad about downloading and using a program I knew I had no intentions of purchasing.
Let’s Make a Web Page is written to allow 8-12 year olds to work mostly independently through the book. This could also be used by older students as well. This 60-page e-book sells for $19.95.
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