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  • How Many Administrators?

    Does anyone know how many group administrators there are? I guess this would be the same as asking how many unique surname projects there are.

    Thanks.

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    I personally admin 3 projects and I know people who admin more, so there's no sure way to determine the number of group admins based on the number of projects. Some groups also have co-administrators, while others don't.

    Also, FTDNA hosts more than just surname projects -- there are also geographical, haplogroup and heritage projects.

    FTDNA's homepage says they have almost 3500 surname projects, but I don't know if they really mean surname projects only or if they actually mean all projects.

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    • #3
      There are also projects that have no administrator. Well, not exactly. But there are a host of projects at World Families dot net that have no one from the families administrating. There are two Barton individuals that administrate for any project that does not have a volunteer yet. I imagine it keeps them very busy.

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      • #4
        Thanks everyone for your reply. I guess what I am doing amounts to poor man's market research. I am a website developer and was thinking about creating some website templates that are better than what FTDNA offers to DNA Project Administrators. Problem is that I am not sure I will be able to get enough customers. If I sold the product to 10% of the DNA Projects at FTDNA, that would only get me about 350 customers. If I charged $35/year for the service, I could gross around 12K. I'm trying to decide if it is worth the effort. It would be lots of fun, but I have to decide if the money and "fun-factor" would justify the effort.

        I guess I should also look at what World Families is doing...

        Does anyone have any opinions as to whether something like this would sell?

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        • #5
          World Families has a web editor tool that allows the admins to cut and paste their results and patriarch pages from Excel or Word, so it's pretty flexible. I do all my maintenance off-line and just cut and paste when I have an updated version of my pages.

          I've been playing around with links too, which you can store right in your spreadsheet, so these can be cut and pasted too. I didn't like the format that WFN used for their patriarch page. It was hard to maintain and hard to read. So instead I created a spreadsheet to store this info off-line. You can check it out by clicking on my Sheets link below in my signature.

          So to answer your question, for a person like me who doesn't mind playing around and is somewhat technical, I don't think I'd pay for templates. Like you, I think it's fun to play around with, but I'm not really a wesite developer.
          However, some admins might like the idea, if they don't want to take the time to mess around in the details.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TSBinLV
            Thanks everyone for your reply. I guess what I am doing amounts to poor man's market research. I am a website developer and was thinking about creating some website templates that are better than what FTDNA offers to DNA Project Administrators. Problem is that I am not sure I will be able to get enough customers.
            I'm pretty sure you won't.

            The fact that my FTDNA pages get updated when new test results are received is a huge time saver that no off-site site could replicate.

            Plus, all the Administrators are volunteers and many are probably living on a fixed income so getting them to pay for the "pretty" will be a tough sell.

            Do it because you want to, but I wouldn't expect more than a handful of customers.

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