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Build a website by learning about code

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Have you ever wanted to build a website or start a blog? It's super easy to do but first you need to learn a little bit about what happens behind the scenes to make websites work!

Websites all have codes such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. These codes tell your website browser how it should show you things and what it should do. Codes can even be found in fitness trackers, airplanes and computer games and are very important if you want to work with computers.

Learning how to code can open so many doors for future careers - it allows you to understand how to build a good website that works really well for the person using it. It also promotes creativity and problem solving skills.

There are thousands of codes that can be written, but the main ones to look at first are:

  • HTML - the simplest language of coding to learn. It controls how things appear on a website, affecting colours, fonts, hyperlinks and graphics. If you've thought about being a web developer, then this is definitely an area to learn.
  • CSS - Cascading Style Sheets - this save website developers a lot of time as it reduced the amount of codes that are needed on a website when you're using HTML codes.
  • JavaScript - adds dynamic elements to web pages and will save you a lot of time when you build your own website.
  • C# - to be used to create almost anything, from mobile apps and server applications to video games, making it a general-purpose language in coding.

It might sound all very technical and complicated but there are some great websites available to children and teens to help you get started.

Just think, if you start now, you'll know so much by the time you're going to university or starting your first job - you might even be able to start your own business whilst you're studying!

Here's some sites to help you get started:

Code Digs

Code Academy

Code Wizards HQ

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