Do you want to share your genealogy research and connect with cousins through a family history website? Or maybe you want to improve the genealogy website you already have.
The best family tree websites share these key elements, says Nancy Henrickson, adviser for Family Tree University’s Make a Free Family Website in One Week online workshop:
- Adherence to best practices
- Consistent updating
To make sure your site is on track in these areas, Nancy suggests asking yourself these questions:
- Is the site about a single surname or everyone you’re researching?
- Will you include images?
- Is it clear to site visitors what the site is about?
- Is this a research-based site?
- Do you know the goal of this site?
- Have you created logical categories for your posts?
- Is the site easy to navigate?
- Have you made it easy for people find out how to contact you?
- Have you thought about how to organize data?
- Will you have a photo gallery?
- Is information presented in small bites vs. large areas of text?
- Have you added ALT tags to your images?
- Have you clearly titled each post?
- Have you selected well-defined tags for each post?
- Do you update your site at least once a week?
- Do you have a plan for what you’ll post? Optimized Images
- Are your images resized at 72dpi?
- Are your images in .jpg format?
- Have you cropped images to highlight the important areas?
In the Make a Free Family Website in One Week online workshop (July 24-31), you’ll watch video classes and receive guidance from Nancy. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have built a basic genealogy website. Find out more on Family Tree University.