The 8 Best Free (or Cheap!) Website Builders for KidsWebsite Builders
Whether you're a kid who wants to take their cyber skills to the next level or a parent or teacher who wants to encourage site-building for a class project or any other reason, you've come to right place!
There's a multitude of sites out there that can lend your favorite kid a hand in building their very first website, so get in here (or send them in) and check out the best we've found!
The 8 best kid-friendly website builders
It's a short, fun-to-watch video highlighting the main features of Snappages, such as how to choose your template, upload pics, add blocks, adjust fonts, how to check how your creation will look on different devices, and more. This is great for kids since it's a very visual learning process.
Once you've watched, you're ready to start building your website! And this site makes it super easy.
Let's get started by choosing our template (we went with the Dorado — there are only 9 templates on this site to keep things simple, so kids won't get overwhelmed by the number of choices). Then you create your account (you'll need an email address and password for that part) and begin.
Snappages will walk you through the process of setting up your website, adding certain pages, editing those pages, and previewing your work.
For every step and every possible feature, you'll see a description, explanation, and location on the site for using it. So helpful and informative, it's easy for kids and less tech savvy adults, too. We'll be back to play with Snappages again shortly!
Let's wrap up with a summary of Snappages:
Price: You get a free trial for 14 days, then you can continue for the prices shown here:
Is this site easy for kids to use? Very! It walks you through and explains every step of building your site.
- Super easy web-building for a kid or novice
- Guides you through and explains each step and aspect of the website
- Free 2-week trial
- Not free after 2 weeks
- Only 9 templates to choose from
This is a great website builder for beginners and kids to start with; just make sure you can teach them the most important aspects within 2 weeks if you want to avoid paying for the site.
Next up on our search for website builders for kids is Doodlekit. Once you visit the site and browse a bit, you're asked to sign up and create your account and site. So, we did:
Then you're invited to watch the 'Getting Started' intro video to get an overview of the site. As another kid-friendly website builder, it explains everything up front in the video — but if you forget anything, you can watch it again, and each section of the site is labeled.
Let's start by selecting our template. There's a lot to choose from, especially if you notice the number of pages along the bottom:
We picked out a template, and now we see the areas we can customize marked in red boxes. This is truly the epitome of an easy website builder tool because when you click on each section, it opens to tell you exactly what to do with it.
For example, when I clicked on Top Bar, this popped up:
You can clearly see what to add, check, or uncheck to make the best use of this space.
Now we'll click on the 'Titles (Design Options)' box, and this pops up:
So you can pick a Header Image type from those offered and enter new text for your title and sub-title.
Next we clicked on the 'Menu' box, and this popped up:
So you can add things, link things, upload things, and choose how you want things arranged. You can continue clicking red boxes until your page is set up how you want it — or close enough to how you want it!
The options aren't limitless, but there are quite a few of them. We'll definitely come back to see what else we can play around with on Doodlekit!
Price: You can start out with a free site and upgrade if you wish — or just keep the free site. You can get a lot of great features with the free site, but the paid ones add things like SEO tools, extra users, additional or unlimited bandwidth, a custom web address, email forwarding, and more.
Is this site easy for kids to use? Yes! Our demonstration above showed how easy it is to select and work from each template, as each section is marked with red and a new field pops up displaying what to do next when you click on it. Go check it out and see for yourself here.
- Easy to use
- Lots of templates to choose from
- 'Quick Edit' boxes show what to do next once template is chosen
- Make your site mobile-friendly with the checkbox in 'Settings'
- Add a blog easily
- Free site is appropriate for personal or classroom use, but for business you will likely need a paid site
- Few customization features compared to other sites
- Limited customer support options
This is an easy website builder tool for kids or other first-time website builders. Perfect for kids or new website builders to easily work with. Has a few less customization options and fewer ways to reach customer service, but there are enough choices for newbies, and you will reach the help you need eventually. Once you get your feet wet, you may want to upgrade if your site is for business.
Next up in our easy website builder tool quest is Bravenet. You'll have to select, 'Site Builder', and then click on 'Build your site now.' Once you sign up and create an account, you'll jump right into choosing your theme:
I'm ready for fall, so I chose a beautiful autumn-colored theme, but before I can see it up close, I need to select my site builder address. This will be the URL that I'll use to access my site publicly. This part might not be as kid-friendly as some of the other website builders, so a parent's help might be beneficial here.
Finally, I've made it to my website.
Customizing is pretty kid-friendly, too. I can make my basic changes and then preview how it would look on the live site.
Bravenet also lets you view responsive designs for your website, which is how they'll look on a tablet or phone — any screen smaller than a desktop.
You can adjust everything from your theme, to your About page, to adding images and text. And there's plenty more to play with here, so we'll be back another day to finish up. For now, let's get into a wrap-up:
Price: I can keep the site I've created for free, or upgrade as shown here:
Is this site easy for kids to use? Very easy! It walks you through each part and lets you see how each change you make looks before you save it.
- Easy to set up with no coding knowledge
- Free versions available
- Lots of great site-building tools to build on as you learn
- Plenty of free templates available
- Extra tools available besides the site builder when you want to add features (like guest books, etc.)
- Although most users rated Bravenet high (4 or 5 stars on review sites), some complained that their 'unlimited bandwidth' wasn't really unlimited and that they closed out sites with files uploaded on them and would not allow access without upgrade (be sure to keep a copy elsewhere in case this happens to yours).
This is a great site for learners as well as advanced web-builders as it doesn't need code to create sites, but it does accept code if you want to customize yours further. Choose from the free version or upgrade as your needs change or as you become more advanced.
Next we hop over to another fun free website builder for kids (and adults), Yola. Of course, we clicked on 'Start for Free' in pink at the bottom, and this popped up:
So we entered our info, and then it showed us this:
You know what's up next! Time to pick out a template:
I chose the one with the luxury hotel background because it looks so pristine and gorgeous! Plus I have an image in mind that might look good there. Now we look through all our website-building tools cross the top of the page:
I played with it a little, then checked how it looks on mobile with a preview:
You can also customize each page, connect social media widgets, and customize designs! Now let's wrap up with a summary:
Price: There's a free version, or you can upgrade to:
Is this site easy for kids to use? Yes, but there's no intro video or prompts to encourage you to make any certain changes, so it's just a matter of playing with each feature until you get everything how you want it. This is fun, and still easy to do, but a little more time-consuming than some others we've reviewed today!
- Themes can be changed at any time
- Built-in image editor
- Multitudes of features for customizing text, images, forms, etc. on your page
- Can keep it simple or go advanced with code; whatever the user likes (can add a store or other options)
- Limited selection on free templates
- No intro video highlighting each feature
Yola is a fun free web builder to play with if you've got free time to check out each feature. We liked it, but so many features and options can feel overwhelming at times.
Here we go now, onto the next free (or cheap!) website builder for kids. SimpleSite claims that you can "make a website in 3 easy steps" on their platform. Let's find out if that's true!
First, we were prompted to select the primary purpose of our website. I chose 'Personal/Blog". Then we were asked to choose a color theme:
There were only a few, so my choice was easy.
Then I was asked to select a background image from a few that were offered. I went with the ocean. Then I was shown the following:
This is fine for our purposes today because it's just for teaching kids how to build a website. We're not really interested in the SEO value of our site.
Then we select our website address. You can get a subdomain of the main SimpleSite website for free, or pay $1 for a custom domain name.
From there, you're able to preview your site both on the computer and a mobile view. Here's my laptop view:
And here's my mobile view. Nice!
Now all you have to do to customize your site is hit "Edit Website". We'll be taken on a 'tour' of the editing functions and then we're good to go on adding/removing text, images, and any other features we wish. But that's gotta be for another day.
For now, let's wrap up on SimpleSite:
Price: You can stick with the free site, which I have currently, or upgrade as follows:
I was also offered this deal to upgrade:
Is this site easy for kids to use? This site is super easy, along the same ease of use as Snappages. You can get the framework ready in less than 5 minutes, then go back in and customize as you wish. Easy for kids and less tech-savvy adults for sure!
- Super easy to use
- Start free and upgrade as you wish
- Has lots of long-term customers who have stayed
- No templates to choose from, just colors, backgrounds, etc.
- Slightly outdated editing tool
- Few customizations possible
Great to start with if you need a site but have no time and no code skills. May make a nice basic presentation tool for an elementary school assignment or something similar.
And that brings us to our next easy beginners' website builder for kids (or less tech-savvy adults) — Sitey!
First things first, you'll have to create a Sitey account. Then, you get to choose another pre-made template from their library.
Now that we've gotten the ball rolling, we can enjoy a nice introductory tour. Tours are great for a kids website builder, especially to highlight each feature and show the purpose of each one.
First they showed us how to navigate between our pages on the site, with a few clicks. Then we learned we can add pages, either pre-built or built from scratch, and where that feature is located.
We're also able to add elements like images, social feeds, and text, and we can add buttons to link our site to somewhere else.
After completing the tour, we're ready to play with this site! Here's what I came up with:
How does it look so far? I'll be back soon to make some more changes now that I watched the tour — looking forward to it. In the meantime, let's get summarized:
Price: Once again, you can remain on a free plan, or upgrade as follows:
Is this site easy for kids to use? Yes, there's an easy-to-understand tour showing each website-building feature. Kids as young as elementary school age should understand this tour. Then they can start customizing - or watch the video tour again.
- Easy to use
- Helpful intro video tour
- Lots of great templates to choose from
- Great features like a blogging tool, SEO, social media integration, and custom domains
- Only offers SEO or mobile versions of sites to paid plans
- Poor customer feedback on some review sites
Sitey is good for learning the basics of web-building for free for kids. If you want the good stuff, you've gotta pay for it, though.
Moving right along, it's time for a visit to another great kid-friendly website builder: IM Creator!
As always, our first order of business is deciding upon a template:
Then, you'll be prompted to sign up, and an intro video will launch all on its own. The video breaks your site creation journey into 4 easy steps:
- Click on the element you want to edit: Use the dropdown menu that appears and choose what you want to do
- Add your "stripes," or separate areas/sections of your IM Creator site: Click on the plus sign that appears when you hover over the middle of a selected stripe, then choose from the options that appear there.
- Switch a stripe's design: Click on the lightning bolt that appears when you head in on the left margin area, and select what you want to change.
- Manage and add items: Go into either your gallery or the Manage section, and click on the item you want to manage:
Confused? You can email IM Creator for help anytime.
So let's see how well I can do building my website now that I've seen this video:
I changed some things around and added stripe. Fun stuff, but we've still got one more kids website builder to talk about before we're done, so let's wrap up with a summary:
Price: As we've seen a few times now, you can stick with a free site, or upgrade as follows:
Is this site easy for kids to use? Most definitely. The intro video shows everything you need to know to get started, and if you missed it, it can be replayed by hitting 'Video 101' in the upper right corner under the 'Help' topic:
- Choose from a blank site or pre-built template
- Lots of templates to select from
- Simple how-to video to show new users the basics
- Free version available
- Some had trouble importing existing blogs
- Likes suitable eCommerce features
- When users want a new theme, they have to start all over as some features won't transfer well
IM Creator is an adequate site to learn and practice the basics, create a portfolio, or similar. For business, you'll want to ensure it has everything you need before paying.
We made it to the last of the free kid-friendly website builders. And it's a good one! Feast your eyes on the super simple Site123.
First you'll select which type of website you want. And they have a lot of options:
I chose a Blog, and it asked me to choose a topic....I chose 'Other'. Once you complete registration, Site123 will build you a website based on the type of website you chose.
I clicked on 'Start Building Your Website' and it gave me a little tour of features, as follows:
Here's what the Pages tool does:
and here's what's up with Design:
You can also set certain settings for your site's language, etc. Then when you're done, you hit 'Publish' and go live!
Now let's see how it works when I play around with it a bit:
I played around with some page and design details, and like it so far. What does it look like on mobile, you ask? Let's see:
Not bad! I'll be back to finish up everything else shortly. In the meantime, it's time for a wrap-up summary on Site123:
Price: You can start with a free site, and move up to an upgrade later as you wish. These are the prices for both; very reasonable:
Is this site easy for kids to use? Yes, for sure. It walks you through each feature early on, showing how they work to make changes on your site.
- Helps you make your website fast with minimal work
- Great value for money
- Excellent support with chat feature
- Superb ease of use for kids and less tech-savvy adults
- Templates can't be changed once you go live
- Fewer creative features than some sites offer
Site123 is among the easiest and cheapest (also with a free version!) kid-friendly website builders we've found. If you're confused as to which one to try, do this one first and then try Snappages. Well actually most of the above should work, but this one should be first!
Well, there ya go. Thanks for visiting today, and please let us know which website builder your kid enjoyed the most. Was it one of these we suggested or did we miss a better one? Tell us all your thoughts in the comments below!