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1 WebSite Creation with Second Site ROOTS Users Group 11 December 2010 Clyde Roby

2 Web Site Generation and Hosting Dick Cleavelands web pages –http://cleaveland.info/miscellaneous/index.htmhttp://cleaveland.info/miscellaneous/index.htm Links to first page of his original presentation –http://cleaveland.info/miscellaneous/br /b0.htmhttp://cleaveland.info/miscellaneous/br /b0.htm –This is NOT a PowerPoint presentation Dicks original presentation was made to the RUG on 12 October 2002, but he updated it in May 2005 This presentation started with Dicks updated presentation and now includes information from John Cardinals NGS presentation of May 2003 (of an earlier version)

3 WebSite Creation with Second Site First, create HTML files –Alternatives to SecondSite GEDCOM-to-HTML generation programs TMGv7 Then, create your website –Acquire a server –Maybe get your own URL! –Upload your website files Or, create a CD or DVD

4 Generate HTML Files Objectives –Keep your file download times short (thus small file sizes) –Have navigation links clearly identified, both forward and backward Software to use to generate HTML files –GEDCOM-to-HTML Generators –TMGv6 – no longer relevant (removed from discussion) –TMGv7 –Second Site for TMG

5 Generate HTML Files GEDCOM-to-HTML Generators – most not free Must export TMG Project to GEDCOM –Extra step in the process –No support for TMGs narrative sentences –Little or no support for TMGs citations and sources –Little or no support for TMGs exhibits, including images –No support for TMGs formatting codes –Some data loss because GEDCOM is the intermediate format

6 GEDCOM-to-HTML Generators GED2WWW (free) – straight listings, no sources or graphics –http://www.lesandchris.com/ged2www/http://www.lesandchris.com/ged2www/ GEDHTree (free, full version $20) – excellent graphics, beautiful screens, no sources –http://www.gedhtree.com/http://www.gedhtree.com/ GED2HTML – (free trial, full $20) five generation pedigree included, also includes sources –Samples at –http://www.starkeffect.com/ged2html/http://www.starkeffect.com/ged2html/ GED2WEB – (free) straight listings, no source information –Samples at –http://www.wtoram.co.uk/ged2web/ged2web.htmhttp://www.wtoram.co.uk/ged2web/ged2web.htm KStableau (free) – nice tree, no sources –Samples at –http://home.versatel.nl/KStableau/http://home.versatel.nl/KStableau/ DFTCOM2 (free) – uses Java program for interaction in PC, very fast, no sources –http://dftcom2.co.uk/http://dftcom2.co.uk/

7 GEDCOM-to-HTML Generators Further reading –http://www.ancestry.com/library/view/columns/ eastman/5875.asphttp://www.ancestry.com/library/view/columns/ eastman/5875.asp –http://www.ancestry.com/library/view/columns/ eastman/6350.asphttp://www.ancestry.com/library/view/columns/ eastman/6350.asp –http://www.geocities.com/turkel.geo/GED2W WW/g2hcompare.htmhttp://www.geocities.com/turkel.geo/GED2W WW/g2hcompare.htm

8 Generate HTML Files TMGv7 – no additional cost Second Site – about $30 –excellent pages –good support –unlimited images –enhancement continues

9 Second Site versus TMGv7 Are HTML Reports a good choice? It depends upon the following limitations –Reports use standard genealogical formats –Page sizes are not configurable –Exhibits are embedded or not supported –No built-in support for custom pages –No built-in support for links between charts and narratives

10 Second Site versus TMGv7 Reports use standard genealogical formats TMGv7 HTML Reports: Formats are familiar to most users and are understood and accepted by the genealogical community Second Site: Formats were designed with the web in mind –Reports designed to be browsed in random fashion –Supports static page links –Graphic formats are configurable

11 Second Site versus TMGv7 Page sizes are not configurable TMGv7 HTML Reports –Pagination is based upon the printed format of the report Second Site –Pagination is based upon web factors such as download time and the random access nature of web browsing

12 Second Site versus TMGv7 Exhibits are embedded in web pages or not supported TMGv7 HTML Reports –Some report formats support exhibits embedded in web pages Second Site –Includes multiple exhibit handling options; exhibits may be embedded in web pages or linked from web pages based on user preferences and whether or not the subject is a principal or witness –Recognizes web-friendly exhibit file formats

13 Second Site versus TMGv7 No built-in support for custom pages TMGv7 HTML Reports –No explicit support for manually created web pages Second Site –Manually created web pages can be integrated into the site quite easily

14 Second Site versus TMGv7 No built-in support for links between charts and narratives TMGv7 HTML Reports –Charts are separate reports Second Site –Charts and narratives include two-way links

15 Site Generation with TMGv7

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17 Site Generation with Second Site

18 Acquiring a Hosting Service RootsWeb (free) –http://accounts.rootsweb.com/ (do not use frames)http://accounts.rootsweb.com/ Purchased hosts –www.webhostingratings.comwww.webhostingratings.com Your current ISP –Most ISPs (ComCast, Earthlink, etc.) provide some space for hosting a web site Note that all free hosting services have ads that may annoy those who browse your site; on RootsWeb these appear for each frame (so dont use frames on RootsWeb)

19 Web Site Hosting Upload all files of your web site from your PC to the host Must use a file transfer program – one that has FTP capabilities –WS_FTP Pro or WS_FTP Home at –WS_FTP Pro – $54.95 (no support) or $89.95 –WS_FTP Home - $39.95 (no support) or $69.95

20 Web Site Hosting Must use a file transfer program – one that has FTP capabilities –Core FTP LE (Lite version) is free at –Core FTP PRO is $39.95 for one user license, support only at Ratings of FTP programs at

21 Get Your Own URL: Register Your Domain Select a registrar. Only some will let you have your domain name point to the typical free web site. Dick Eastman suggests two: –GoDaddy – –MyDomain – Choose your domain name, but check availability first. There are many options:.com,.org,.net, but.name and.info are appropriate for genealogy pages Pay for your domain name, typically $15 per year Associate your domain name with your web site Search the web for domain registration for registrars; note that some web hosting services will also register domain names.

22 Register Your Domain Name The registrar that RUG had used was ($15 per year, no.name) but we now use Dick Cleaveland uses for his.name domain. All the above will register.name domains.

23 Recommendations RootsWeb for hosting (free) – pop-up ads; domain name is complex Your current ISP if it provides space (should be free) – usually no ads; domain name is complex Your own domain name registered at GoDaddy ($9/year) but hosted free at RootsWeb – pop-up ads Your own domain name registered at ICDSoft ($9/year) and hosted at ICDSoft ($58/year) – no ads; much storage (275/1024 MBytes [more]), unlimited addresses (22[more]); no.name registration

24 Additional Information Read Dick Eastmans columns –Create Your Own Web Domain umns/eastman/6382.asp umns/eastman/6382.asp –Create Your Own Web Domain – Part II umns/eastman/6425.asp umns/eastman/6425.asp

25 Second Site and TMG What exactly does Second Site do? –It creates a website from a TMG Project –More accurately, Second Site creates a set of HTML documents (files) from a TMG Project Doesnt Second Site create a website? –No, it creates the documents (files) for a website –It does *NOT* upload the documents (files) to a web server, i.e., to an Internet Service Provider These next few slides are based upon John Cardinals NGS Conference presentation in May 2003

26 Second Site and TMG Then why do we want to use Second Site? –So that we can create a public website on the Internet –So that we can create a CD or DVD that we can share with our family and perhaps with other friends and relatives Easily read on any computer with a browser Web pages are easy to use for both genealogists and non- genealogists Today, producing a CD or DVD is easy and the software comes on most new computers; also CDs and DVDs are inexpensive –So that we can create a website for our own personal use This is a great way to do another comprehensive review of our TMG Project

27 Second Site and TMG Makes narrative style pages using TMGs sentence definitions Creates pedigree and descendant charts Supports image and text exhibits for people, events, and sources Supports citations and sources Supports witnesses and roles and provides options to include/exclude names Creates all the files needed to create a CD or DVD Supports international sites Respects TMG exclusion marker

28 Second Site and TMG More Technical features of Second Site –Integrates custom pages that you create –Includes page size controls –Uses template files grouped into Themes to allow customization –Uses CSS style sheets and JavaScript to create professional looking pages –Imports VCF Charts Second Site makes pages, indexes, narratives, citations, source pages, charts, embeds images and other exhibits, and integrates VCF charts and custom pages

29 Second Site and TMG How does Second Site Work? You create a Site Definition File (SDF) You set properties that are organized into sections and saved in the SDF file –Only a few are necessary to create your first website –But there are literally hundreds of properties You execute the Make Site command and Second Site creates the HTML pages

30 Second Site and TMG What will we see when were done? –A fully functional website without typing any HTML code –A website that is a complete and accurate representation of the contents of the TMG Project –This includes images, charts, etc.

31 Second Site and TMG But before we actually create a website, lets examine some other peoples work Examples on John Cardinals website at Keith Winters has a more comprehensive Gallery of Websites Created with Second Site at 3 examples on Dick Cleavelands website at

32 Second Site and TMG Examples on John Cardinals website at –Rambling Roots by Diana Powell –The Sackett Family Association by Chris Sackett –Denton-Herndon Family Narrative by Raymond T. D. Herndon

33 Second Site and TMG Keith Winters has a more comprehensive Gallery of Websites Created with Second Site at –McKay-Conover Family –Ancesters of William Kinsey Hutchinson III –The Kleist Page

34 Second Site and TMG Miscellaneous websites –Joannes Genealogy –The Van Voorhees Association – The Largest Dutch Family in America –BUITER one-name website

35 Second Site and TMG 3 examples on Dick Cleavelands website at in particular the web page containing information about LeRoy Adams Cleaveland at

36 TMG Magic for Second Site #1 – In the bio memo –For a first person report by LeRoy of the Cyclops search and the storm see the appendix The Search for the Cyclops. [HID:][SS:]On-line viewers select.[:SS][:HID] –This appears at the end of the 5 th paragraph about LeRoy

37 TMG Magic for Second Site #2 – In the memo of the same bio tag –… Reserve ships, the Yantic[HID:][SS:] (info).[:SS][:HID], so he went up to Lake Superior to do the installation. –This appears in the early part of the 2 nd paragraph about LeRoy

38 TMG Magic for Second Site #3 – a special tag Anec-web for paragraph labeled Video clips: – de-selected for TMG reports –[:CR:][:CR:]Video clips: Note: Real Player is required on your system to play these clips.[:CR:]Select for a 35 second video of LeRoy telling a hunting story. this is a 600 KB file[:CR:]Select for a 3.5 minute video of LeRoy telling of the Cyclops search and the storm. this is a 3.8 MB file –These 3 paragraphs (note separate paragraphs indicated by [:CR:]) appear towards the end of the information about LeRoy

39 Second Site and TMG Demonstration Use TMG Utility to convert Internal Exhibits to External Exhibits Create a website using Second Site Create YOUR website using Second Site


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