Friday, July 10, 2009 ....... a new family site

After years of procrastinating I have taken the plunge and registered a Domain name, bought some new software and organised some web hosting.

The genealogy I had on the internet was in the form of static pages. I wanted a tool with Web 2.0 capabilities that would apply varying levels of security, enable others to access and edit information on my site and be easy to manage. Initially I tried to use MyHeritage but I found this rather inflexible and the recent increase in costs forced me to look around. I wanted a tool that I could control.

In the course of my research this week I found The Castellorizo Genealogy Pages: A Greek Island Family History Website which seemed to be using the type of application I was wanting. I found a link to the software developer on the site and went exploring. The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding ©, written by Darrin Lythgoe was powering the site. After some time spending a couple of hours exploring sites produced using this tool my mind was made up - the $US29.99 price tag made the gamble affordable (it cost me $AUD38).

Their site claims "The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding© ("TNG") is a powerful way to manage and display your genealogy data on the Internet, all without generating a single page of HTML. Instead, your information is stored in MySQL database tables and dynamically displayed in attractive fashion with PHP (a scripting language)."

Hosting was the next issue. Once
again I took a gamble and went with one of the hosting services suggested by TNG. Within less than half an hour my domain was registered and I was able to access my site. Simply Hosting host a number of TNG sites and offer to install and set up TNG as part of their service. The price was right so I signed up. I requested that Simply Hosting set up my site and was informed by their efficient online ticketing service that it would be done within 24 hours and it was.

It took me less than an hour to complete the setup process last night, upload my Gedcom file and start to personalise the site. I've lots of tweaking to do and lots of learning ahead but I've made a start at

I will continue to use The Master Genealogist to maintain my database but TNG is providing a new public face for my data.

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