Some website builders claim to be the best option for kids, but they’re too basic to create a real, functional website. Other builders are too complex or difficult to use and could potentially lead to frustration.
Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, I know how important it is to you to find a tool that can allow younger users to unleash their creativity and expand their horizons. But you also want to make sure the site builder you choose is safe, age-appropriate, and affordable.
I tested some of the most popular website builders on the market, with the help of my lovely niece (Karen, 8) and nephew (Oliver, 13). Together, we selected our favorites and put together this list of the best website builders for kids.
In a Hurry? These Are The Best Website Builders for Kids
- Wix – A huge variety of colorful templates make this builder an appealing choice for kids
- SITE123 – The easiest builder to use for kids of all ages, especially first-timers
- Weebly – Weebly for Education provides a safe space for kids to learn and create online
What We Look For in the Best Website Builders for Kids
- Ease of use – 8-year-old Karen had lots of fun using all the website builders on this list. They all come with kid-friendly site editors and simple tools kids can figure out on their own.
- Templates galore – Kids like to have choices (doesn’t everyone?), and all the builders on this list provide loads of templates they can choose from to get their website started. 13-year-old Oliver enjoyed taking things a step further and using the more advanced design and customization options – but that’s not a must.
- Fun features – Just because a builder is easy to use, that doesn’t mean it should only provide the boring basics. These builders all include a wealth of extras kids can easily add to their website, like image galleries, blogs, and even video players.
- Free plans and affordable pricing – These builders all offer free-forever plans that allow kids to create and publish as many websites as they like. If your kids are anything like Oliver and they insist on an upgrade so they can connect their own domain name to their site, don’t worry – upgrading is easy and the basic paid plans are so cheap, your kids can easily cover them with their weekly allowance. (Don’t miss my next article: Since When Do 13-Year-Olds Have Their Own Domain Names?)
Wix offers 900+ templates for kids to choose from. The templates are divided into categories, providing a great way to get a simple website started in minutes. The drag-and-drop site editor is fun to use, and kids can easily add their own text and images, change colors, play around with different fonts, and much more.
Another option is to use Wix ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence) – a step-by-step wizard that creates a site for you based on your answers to a few simple questions. Karen said it was just like magic!
Wix has a free plan your kids can use for as long as they want. The storage space on the free plan is a bit limited (500MB), but this should be enough for a simple website. Another downside is that the free site will display Wix branding, and it will be published under a Wix subdomain (sitename.wixsite.com). The good news is that the basic paid plans are very affordable.
Here are some other features that make Wix a great choice for kids:
- Kid-friendly templates – If your kids are building a website as part of a school project, they might want to start with one of the templates in the Education category. These brightly-colored templates provide a lot of space to upload text and images.
- Easy drag-and-drop editor – Wix’s site editor makes it simple for kids to add elements and place them wherever they want on the page. Younger kids are sure to have fun playing around, while older kids will appreciate how easy it is to add new pages and functions to their site.
- Wix Gallery – If your kids want to show off their photos to their friends, they can easily add image galleries to their site. They even get access to the Wix stock image library, which includes countless free photos, clipart, icons, and more.
Learn more in our in-depth Wix review.
|Free plan available?||Yes|
|Simple editor?||Easy drag-and-drop page editor|
SITE123 is so easy to learn, even kids who are less computer-savvy should have no trouble picking it up. While it doesn’t offer as many features as Wix, this makes it simpler to use. Oliver was a bit iffy about this one, but Karen absolutely loved it.
The SITE123 editor isn’t drag-and-drop, but what we call “point-and-click” in the industry – you click the element you want to add to your site, and then click again to place it on the page. It really couldn’t be easier.
ITE123 also offers a free plan. It comes with a few limitations, of course – you only get 500 MB of storage space and some customization options (such as choosing your own color palette) are locked. If your kids manage to run out of storage space or just need more color in their lives, it’s easy to upgrade.
Here are some other features that make SITE123 stand out:
- Basic templates – SITE123’s templates are pretty minimal and the designs look pretty similar. This means kids can get started with just about any template, without having to remove unnecessary pages and features they don’t need.
- Easy blogging – With SITE123, kids can easily start a blog to share their thoughts with the world (how I wish I had this option when I was a kid!). Their friends and classmates can comment on their posts and even share them on social media.
- Image and video galleries – SITE123 lets you upload both videos and images to your galleries, with interesting display options such as slideshow, carousel, and more. Kids can also embed videos from YouTube or Vimeo on their site.
Find out more in our full SITE123 review.
|Free plan available?||Yes|
|Simple editor?||Click to add, edit, or move elements around a page|
Weebly is another website builder that’s known for its ease of use. The theme selection is relatively small (around 50 to choose from), but the designs are great. Oliver found a few themes he really liked in the Blog and Personal categories.
Another notable plus is that Weebly lets you build an online store and sell products on its free plan (although this depends on your location – free e-commerce features are available in the US and a few other countries). If your kids are raising money for a cause or even selling handmade items, this could be a perfect option for them.
Weebly has a few other interesting perks to offer:
- Weebly for Education – This is a special version of the Weebly website builder, designed specifically for schools. Teachers can use it to create a classroom website, and each student can create an account and build a website of their own. Click here to learn about all the benefits of Weebly for education.
- Mobile site editor – If your kids are glued to their smartphones (Oliver says he has no idea what I’m talking about), they’ll love using the Weebly app. They can make changes to their site, publish new posts on-the-go, an get push notifications about new comments and activity.
- Social media apps – These days, just having a website isn’t enough (as Oliver informs me). You want to be able to show off your Instagram and Twitter feeds on your site, and of course, you want to get lots of likes and shares. The Weebly App Center offers a variety of free apps that will let your kids do all this and more.
See the full list of features in our expert Weebly review.
|Free plan available?||Yes|
|Kid-friendly templates?||No specific themes for kids, but others can be adapted to fit|
|Simple editor?||Easy drag-and-drop editor|
As you may have guessed from the name, everything about this website builder is super simple, from its selection of themes, to adding photos and videos, to sharing your content on social media.
This was one of the last builders we tested, and at first, even Karen declared it “a builder for babies!” – but once she created a site of her own and starting having fun changing the fonts and colors, she said it was “okay for big kids, too.”
SimpleSite offers a free plan and a few paid options. With the free plan, your website is limited to 15 pages and the design options are limited as well.
Discover all the pros and cons in our full SimpleSite review.
|Free plan available?||Yes|
|Kid-friendly templates?||Not specifically|
|Simple editor?||Simple to use by clicking to add elements|
DoodleKit offers a dedicated child-friendly website builder that allows kids to create a site, start a blog, upload photos, and add custom pages.
As I mentioned earlier, the drawback of using dedicated website builders for kids is that they are usually quite basic, and don’t offer curious young minds a lot of creative options.
That said, one advantage DoodleKit has over other website builders is its advanced security feature, which lets parents monitor their kid’s activity on their website. You can act as the “admin” of the website and control different features. You can filter comments from strangers, set photo albums to visible for approved users only, and more.
DoodleKit offers a free plan that includes 100 MB of storage. To add more than one user to the site, you’ll need to upgrade to a paid plan.
|Free plan available?||Yes|
|Kid-friendly templates?||Yes, a dedicated website builder for kids|
|Simple editor?||Easy to use editor for children with limited features|
Learn more in our full DoodleKit review.
Which Website Builder Should You Choose for Your Kids?
Every website builder on this list has its own set of advantages, and different kids have different preferences and abilities – so at the end of the day, what’s right for one kid might not be right for another.
But after much deliberation, Karen, Oliver, and I declared Wix “the ultimate-mega-magical-king of website builders for kids all over the world” (their choice of words, not mine).
It’s easy to get started with Wix for free, and it offers the best templates and the most customization options. Both kids couldn’t get enough of the drag-and-drop editor (in fact, they’re probably both still playing around with their websites as I write these words).
Here’s a quick breakdown of the standout features for each website builder:
What is the best website builder for beginners? There are so many great website builders out there that it can be tough to choose! If you’ve never built a website before and you want to able to guide your kid through the process, I’d recommend SITE123 – it’s very easy to learn and your kid will never guess you have no idea what you’re doing. If you’re just a bit more ambitious, though, Wix is also easy to learn and has some amazing features to offer.
Can a child build a website on their own?These days, many website builders are so easy to use (especially the ones recommended above), that many kids will be able to figure them out without much assistance. Younger children may require some guidance through the process.
How can kids build a free website?All the website builders on this list offer free plans that allow anyone to build and publish a fully functional website. Free plans do come with limitations, but in most cases, they will provide what a kid needs to get a basic site online.