Quick and Easy Webpage
Creation for Genealogists
Seminar presentation: 2006 FGS Conference, Boston MA
(c) Linda Haas Davenport
Finishing the Installation
After the installation is finished, open your Internet Explorer browser. Even if you normally use a browser other than I.E., this needs to be done in I.E.
From the Main toolbar:
Click on Tools
Click on Options
This box will be displayed. Click on the Programs tab
If you already have a version of Word on you system, that version's name may be displayed in the HTML editor box, but normally the box is blank. Click on the down arrow to the right of the box. The drop down menu should display the options of Note Pad and Word 97. There may be others. Click on the Word 97 option and then click on OK.
Before You Begin
I've heard from many people that the decision as to what their web site will look like was made based on web sites they visited. They found the ones they didn't like and those they did. One of the quickest ways to visit a large range of genealogy sites is to visit theUSGenWeb Project (and do a bit of family searching along the way). From the main page click on a state and then browse the county sites within the state. Browse a few states and it won't take you long to find something you really like (and ones you really don't like). Or, you'll find a main page somewhere you like, subject pages you like on another site, etc. If you run across a background, welcome banner, etc., that you really like you can save it directly from the site, but please pick up the artist's URL.
You're Now Ready to Build Web Pages
With a general idea of what you want your site to look like it's time to get started.
From your list of programs open Word 97.
Click on File
Click on New
A box similar to this one will open. The one you see may not have as many options as this example. Find the tab that says Web Pages and click on Blank Web page. This will open a new blank HTML document.
Save the document in your main webpage folder as:index.html. Word defaults to .htm as the extension and although, on the one hand, I've been told there is no difference between htm and html, on the other hand I've been told there is and that html is the standard extension acceptable to all browsers. I recommend using html to be on the safe side.
Why Name Your Main Page index?
The name index lets a browser know this is the main page for this folder. If there is no index.html document in a folder it is possible for anyone to list (and easily copy) the entire contents of the folder.
Within each subject folder the name of your table of content page should also be index.html.
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