Quick and Easy Webpage
Creation for Genealogists

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Seminar presentation: 2006 FGS Conference, Boston MA

(c) Linda Haas Davenport

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What Goes On Your Main Page

I'm sure you've visited, just as I have, sites where you have to scroll and scroll and scroll through stuff trying to find that one item of interest. Think of your main page as a table of content. It is the entry point to your site and it should contain hyperlinks to your subjects, not list every single piece of information you have on the website. How much information you have will have a bearing on how your main page looks. For example, the Marion Co site has been around a long time and contains a lot of different subjects. On the other hand my personal site has a lot of information but only for a few subjects. Here's a comparison of how Marion Co's main page looks and how my personal site looks.

Marion County

 Screen Shot of webpage

My personal site

Screen Shot of webpage


During your collection of graphics you probably ran across sites that offer different fonts. I remember thinking a particular font was really cool and I downloaded the set and used it. My page looked great (well at least to me) but when I opened that page in any browser other than I.E. the font displayed was Courier and the page was right down ugly. There are only a few fonts that display the same in all browsers. I, personally, like Comic Sans MS (which is what all of these pages are written with)., because it is easy to read in a webpage and scales up or down nicely.  Times New Roman is the default font in Word, but it is a small font. It does work nicely in a tables of indexes.

If you run across a font that you'd like to use in a welcome banner or as A,B,C links collect the font and use it in a graphic. You can make your own in your photo imaging software.

Auto Play Music

If there's one single thing that makes the most visitors angry and causes them to leave a site it's music that starts playing when you open the page. I, for one, use my computer very early in the morning while the rest of the household is sleeping and, yes, I've been known to sneak a peak at a site while at work. Clicking on a page and being blasted with music is the last thing I want at either time. I've encountered people who tell me it's my responsibility to turn off my sound not theirs to give a visitor the option of playing music or not. Perhaps they are right but I, along with a lot of other people, won't ever visit their site a second time.

Inserting Hyperlinks

The web wouldn't be the place it is without the ability to jump from place to place. Hyperlinks allow us do that jumping, whether we are jumping around within our own site or to outside sites.

Inserting a hyperlink is easy whether it's to a page within your own site or a link to an outside site.

Internal Hyperlinks

You can turn any word, phrase or graphic into a hyperlink.

Highlight whatever you want to turn into a hyperlink. In the example below the word cemeteries is highlighted.

Click on Insert, Click on Hyperlink

Screen shot Insert Hyperlink

Remember back in the beginning when I told you to trust me and name your main website folder the name of your website? Here is why. Most of the time when you insert a hyperlink to a page within your website you must include your site's name. Since Word automatically includes the name of the folder you will save yourself untold hours of typing if that main folder is your site's name.

When the box opens use the browse button to find the page you want to jump to and insert it.

Screen shot of hyperlink box

In the example above note that the URL begins with C:\. This is the location of the page on your own hard drive. Since links that point to your own hard drive won't work when uploaded to the web. You have to change the URL to remove the pointer to your hard drive. Remove everything before the slash in front of your site name.

In the above example the URL in the box after the deletions would look like this:

\~armarion\cemetery\index.html (~armarion is the name of the website, cemetery is the subject folder and index.html is the table of content page for the cemetery folder)

External Hyperlinks

To link to a external site you use the same insert procedure, except you paste the full hyperlink in the box. For example if you wanted to link to my Learning Center from your site you would open that site in your browser, copy the URL, and then paste it into the Insert Hyperlink URL box. To paste the URL use CTRL V.

Example: http://homepages.rootsweb.comhttp://www.lhaasdav.com/learningcenter/index.html

Once a link is pasted it will appear on the page underlined in whatever color you specified as your LINK color.

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