Web Publishing for Genealogy

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What do you need? - Skills

The skills required to create simple Web pages are not advanced or hard to acquire. This is one of the reasons for the proliferation of material on the Web - it's easy to do. Compared with desktop publishing, or even word-processing, basic Web page is extremely straightforward.

Assuming you are already familiar with the Web, and know what sort of features to expect on a Web site, the essentials can be learnt in a couple of hours at most. This will be a perfectly satisfactory level of skill for you to be able to publish your genealogical material.

Once you have mastered the basics, however, there are plenty of ways to make your pages more interesting, or to add facilities to your Web site, and some of these will require more advanced skills. But good Web sites are more often the result of having interesting and well-organized material, and a clear purpose, than of having advanced computing expertise. Remember, people will be visiting your genealogy site because you have information, not because you've got state-of-the-art special effects.

While you do not need to be a computer expert to create Web pages, there are, nonetheless, certain general computing basics you need to be familiar with before you start:

  • It's helpful if you have some word-processing experience, so that you already have some idea about using a computer for page layout
  • It's essential that you know how to name and save files on your computer, and have some understanding of how files are organized in directories or folders.
  • You will need to be at home with your Web browser, as you'll be using it all the time to look at your pages as you create them.

For these reasons, though Web page creation is not complex, it's probably not something you should attempt if you first touched a computer keyboard two days ago.

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