How Kids Can Build A Website For Free | Part 4 of 4

      This post is the last installment of my four-part series, How Kids Can Build A Website For Free. To read part one, click here. To read part two, click here. To read part three, click here.

      Yesterday, you built your website, learned about site maps, created your website’s CSS, etc. Those are the hard things to do, so today you’re going to be doing easier tasks.

      The first thing you’re going to do is validate your website. When you validate your website, you are checking the code, to make sure you didn’t forget a bracket or anything like that. You can try it out here. An easier version to understand can be found here. The easier one doesn’t have confusing things like, “which encoding would you like?”

      If your website isn’t validated, you should read the previous blog posts I wrote, and revisit Lissa Explains It All. There might be something missing there that you didn’t understand. Another great thing to try are the forums of Lissa Explains It All. 000webhost also offers a help center if you’re confused about your website’s code.

      You also are going to need to make your website search engine optimized. There’s really no point in having a website when it’s not indexed by the major search engines — Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Making your website search engine optimized is very simple to do. All you have to do is add a description like this in the head section of your webpage:

      <meta name=”description” content=”Write in a paragraph or less what your website is about here.” />

      This description shows up when someone Googles your site. You’re also going to need keywords, which are also words people “google.” For example, if someone were to “google” landscaping, they would find your website, because you added “landscaping” as a tag. You wouldn’t be indexed on the first few pages though, unless you’re website that has been around for a long time, and lots of other websites have linked back to you. That’s why, for example, if you were to do a website design for someone, it would be smart if you told them to write that you designed the website, and include a link back to your site. Here’s the code to add keywords to your website:

      <meta name=”KEYWORDS” id=”mKeywords” content=”landscaping, snow, removal, landscape, installation, maintenance”>

      That should also be included in the head section of your webpage.

      You should also double-check everything else on your website. Make sure there are no broken links. This is neccesary, if, for example, you added a link to http://www.oogle.com but meant to write google.com. You should also make sure you didn’t misspell anything, or have incorrect grammar.

      The last thing to do is optional. You can purchase a domain, but it isn’t fully necessary, depending on what type of website you have. A domain can make your website look more professional. Nobody can remember google.hostedby000webhost.com as easily as google.com. So when you purchase a domain, you basically have a shorter URL, that’s easy to remember.

      Tomorrow you’ll learn how to create a blog!

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Leap Year

      Today I learned more about leap year.

      A leap year happens every four years when there’s an extra day added to February. Most years have 365 days but a leap year has 366 days. This year, leap day falls on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.

      According to the the website timeanddate.com: “Leap Years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the sun.” It takes the Earth 365.242199 days to go around the Sun. But our calender says there are 365 days every year, so we lose six hours every year. After 100 years, our calender would be off by 24 days without leap year.

      Birthdays

      Some people’s birthday falls on the extra day added in February every four years. When this happens, they usually celebrate their birthday on February 28 or March 1st instead. An example of someone who’s birthday is on February 29 is shown on the right. Aaliyah Owens who is actually technically four years old is celebrating her 16th leap year birthday this Wednesday. You can learn more about her and other people with leap year birthdays here.

      By doing simple division you can find out whether a year is a leap year or not. Just divide the year by 4. If there is a remainder, the year is not a leap year. If there is not a remainder, the year is a leap year. The video above shows how to do division to know if a year is a leap year or not.

      This day in history

      There have been a lot of historical events on February 29. One of the events was when three women — Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba — were accused of witchcraft in Salem, Mass., on February 29, 1692. The Salem Witch Trials that followed were some of the craziest things to ever happen in the history of this country. During the trials, the women who were accused of being witches were taken to court and were then hanged if they were found guilty.

      Bonus

      I also learned that Jan Berenstain, author of The Berenstain Bears series, died today at the age of 88. The Berenstain Bears series contained some of my favorite books when I was little.