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    I decided that in order to reach as many participants as possible, I want to create a website. I am not overly knowledgable about how to do this. Any suggestions on what programs or companies can help me create an "easy" website.

    The website doesn't have to be fancy, as I just want to make a clear, consise description of my project and then link up my "Family Tree DNA" page.

    I am the Group Administrator for the Calabria, Italy DNA project.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks you,
    Louis Loccisano

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    Louis,

    I use a commercial company by the name of DIY (Do It Yourself) to host and provided me with the templates and support that a web novice, like myself has to have to survive! There are "free" programs available in Netville, but I do not care for some of the advertising that goes with them. You might want to check out the URL below to see if DIY might fit your need(s)

    http://www.diywebkit.com/support.html#6

    good luck,
    Jim Hull
    Hull Surname DNA Study

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    • #3
      Re: Starting a surname Website

      Originally posted by Louis
      I decided that in order to reach as many participants as possible, I want to create a website. I am not overly knowledgable about how to do this. Any suggestions on what programs or companies can help me create an "easy" website.
      The website doesn't have to be fancy, as I just want to make a clear, consise description of my project and then link up my "Family Tree DNA" page.
      I am the Group Administrator for the Calabria, Italy DNA project.
      Any help would be appreciated.
      Thanks you,
      Louis Loccisano
      Hi Louis
      It will make a big difference if you know a little bit of HTML code or not (if you don't, it's very easy to learn, and there's a lot of software there that helps you building a page without HTML or Java knowledge - take Sausage's Hot-Dog for instance <http://www.sausage.com>, which I like).
      You can either purchase your own domain (like www.loccisano.org)or use one of those web sites that give you free pages as Jim mentions.
      Max Blankfeld
      Vice-President and COO @ Family Tree DNA
      A Gene by Gene Company

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      • #4
        Hi Louis,

        Seeing it is for DNA, you can go to rootsweb.com and ask for a freepages. This means you have to learn to make a website but they put you on a list that allows you to ask questions when you get stuck. It also means that you have people from all over the world who help you. The address to ask for this is http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com . You could also try www.geocities.com but you would be flying alone.

        As for programmes I would suggest going to your local Library and asking for Dreamweaver MX for Dummies. It will teach you the basics of making websites, including HTML if you wish. The latter is unneccessary as the program does it all for you. One word of warning though, read the book before you instal the progam on the computer as it only allows thirty days to use it before you must buy the full version. The disk covers everything that the full version has but cuts out at the thirty days. You can buy the full version, or download the test one from www.macromedia.com

        You can see how I used it at my site http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~dnapower . The second Book there refers to the DNA Project. On the Results page you click on each particpant's number to see their family tree. And whilst on the family tree click on the Participant#01, etc to see the photo of the participant or sponsor (the person who contributed the tree). Just some ideas Louis.

        Hooray.

        http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~dnapower
        Last edited by Mokurai; 7 June 2003, 09:21 PM.

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