Phase 2 – Web Design (modules 4 – 10)
Which web design platform do we use for coms4kids?
There is no point showing the next generation a system that only a few people use. Website design platforms like Wix and Weebly are easy to use and have their place, but their market share is only 1-2%… what’s the point in that? Kids need to learn the dominant platform used by businesses, professionals, organisations, schools and clubs right now. The good news is that it is totally free, and VERY powerful. At coms4kids we teach the children how to use WordPress. This website is built using it, and so are 80% of all the websites online with a Content Management System (CMS). That means WordPress is powering a quarter of the 1 Billion websites currently active out there. Empowering kids online means giving them the right tools.
What areas of web design and coding does the club cover?
The website design modules start nice and easy and then get progressively challenging. Just like the Internet, there are lots of choices. We integrate the images we created in phase 1 and dramatically change the look and feel of our sites, learning about pages, posts, menus, favicons, galleries, sliders and so much more…
The key to this is to let everyone create a website they want. WordPress is incredibly flexible and allows for some really whizzy stuff. If they want to create a whole page image carousel with items zooming around, then they can do that easily. Or maybe they want to add Youtube videos and other media to their site, then they can do that too. We oversee every site and parents have the logins too. The kids learn how powerful it all is and are taught professionally. This means they become empowered to use their sites safely. We also hide their sites from external view during the club.
The challenge is to leave the children with a decent looking website, although in reality there is soooo much fun to be had really digging in and changing settings, content and dynamic items that it isn’t always the case. Many of the kids use their sites to really experiment and that’s exactly the right thing to do! The knowledge they gain can be used to create a brilliant new website in future.