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One last thing… a TiddlyWiki!

I’m almost finished revamping my genealogy website:

  1. new directories and subdirectories created at my RootsWeb FreePages account
  2. images, cemetery info and database (converted to HTML by RootsMagic), genealogy links page and site map page, all with a consistent theme, uploaded to the site
  3. external link created to this blog
  4. external link created to my PBWorks research wiki
  5. grand announcement per this blog, FaceBook, Twitter about new website

Hold that thought…

Yesterday, I suddenly realized that my research wiki can also be housed at my FreePages account.

TiddlyWiki to the rescue:

Welcome to TiddlyWiki, a reusable non-linear personal web notebook. It’s a unique wiki that people love using to keep ideas and information organised. It was originally created by JeremyRuston and is now a thriving open source project with a busy Community of independent developers.

TiddlyWiki is written in HTML, CSS and JavaScript to run on any reasonably modern browser without needing any ServerSide logic. It allows anyone to create personal SelfContained hypertext documents that can be published to a WebServer, sent by email, stored in a DropBox or kept on a USB thumb drive to make a WikiOnAStick. Because it doesn’t need to be installed and configured it makes a great GuerillaWiki. This is revision 2.6.5 of TiddlyWiki, and is published under an OpenSourceLicense.

Unlike most wikis, TiddlyWiki doesn’t directly support group collaboration; it is a wiki in the sense of elevating linking be a part of the punctuation of writing. You can easily publish a TiddlyWiki you have created by placing the single file on a web server (for instance the homepage hosting provided by many ISPs). If you need full group collaboration features, there are several HostedOptions to choose from.

I have used TiddlyWiki in the past and love it! I had forgotten that the locally-edited file can be uploaded to a server, in this case, RootsWeb FreePages! The data was not difficult to transfer from PBWorks to TiddlyWiki and…

Viola! With the exception of this WordPress.com blog, my entire website (images, database, wiki) is now housed at RootsWeb FreePages!

In this series

A picture is worth 1000 words
A plan of action!
Wanted: Tools for home-remodeling
The light’s on…somebody is home!
Before
An old toy, now unloved?
It’s coming…wait for it…


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A picture is worth 1000 words

If you have been following my last few posts, then you know that I am remodeling my genealogy website.

My old “site” was actually several sites (WordPress, Picasa Web Albums, RootsWeb FreePages and PBWorks) that all linked here at Ruth’s Genealogy- The Blog. In the past, I have also had a hosted website, but just didn’t have the time to maintain it.

But I happened upon a free ebook a few days ago, and it inspired me to overhaul my site.

This is what I done so far:

  1. read through the ebook a couple of times
  2. took a out a piece of paper and scribbled and scratched… and came up with a website plan and overall theme
  3. following the plan, set up several folders locally for the different areas of the site (database, images, cemeteries)
  4. created matching new subdirectories at my RootsWeb FreePages site
  5. uploaded the latest edition of my RootsMagic-created website to the database subdirectory
  6. suddenly stopped… what to do with all of my images?

I had been using Picasa Web Albums for all of my genealogy images, but weren’t happy with that option since my albums couldn’t  be organized alphabetically or using subfolders.

I needed to find a way to display all of my images on my FreePages site…

Google to the rescue! After a bit of searching, I discovered Web Album Generator. A nifty little program that has been around for some time, it creates image albums that can then be uploaded to my Cemeteries and Images subdirectories. Here is Albert Bennett’s album:

Each image is clickable to full size, is captioned and can be arranged in any order. The size of the thumbnail images and albums can be adjusted (I chose medium thumbnails and 5 rows x 4 columns). With Web Album Generator, it is really easy to create simple, nice-looking image albums to display all of my genealogy pics at my FreePages website!

In this series

A plan of action!
Wanted: Tools for home-remodeling
The light’s on…somebody is home!
Before
An old toy, now unloved?
It’s coming…wait for it…