Notes from the past…


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A plan of action!

Ok, so I am armed with my new power tools and ready to go!

A RootsWeb Freepages account contains 11 directories, any or all of which can be used to set up a website. After contemplating using multiple directories to create the various areas of my website (Images, Cemeteries, Database) and linking them together, I finally decided to house them all in the Genealogy directory, then create subdirectories for the various parts.

Here is a view of the framework of my site, as seen thru FileZilla:

My house is built, now I just need to start moving in all my stuff.

For my database, I simply used the “website” that I had previously created using RootsMagic and, using FileZilla, uploaded it to the Ruths_Genealogy subdirectory. The only changes made where to the theme (appearance) of the RootsMagic product, which now matches the rest of my FreePages site in background and logo.

A bit about my website’s theme: I have a basic knowledge of HTML (I understand the principles and know where to look for assistance in coding), so I can use a WYSIWYG (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) HTML editor and then add bits of code as needed to get the look that I want. I’m certainly not an expert, but I can usually get by. I have used Microsoft’s FrontPage quite a bit in the past and have a copy of the program, but have not uploaded it to this computer. So I decided to look online for a free open-source program that would fill my need. For this, I settled on BlueGriffon. After a little trial-and-error, I was able to create a theme for my FreePages site.

I have a great big bunch of images (photos and documents) that support my research efforts. I have uploaded many to my Picasa Web Albums, both to make them available to like-minded researchers and as back-up storage. But I have never been satisfied with Picasa Web Albums, as the folders can’t be organized alphabetically and sub-folders cannot be created.

What am I gonna do with all these pictures?

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Wanted: Tools for home-remodeling

After reading Pat Geary’s free ebook, Working With RootsWeb FreePages Accounts, I decided a total revamp of my genealogy site(s) was in order. I have had a FreePages account for several years, but have used it minimally, loaded with only a simple website created by RootsMagic.

For this task, I need some new tools:

  • BlueGriffon- a free open source WYSIWYG HTML editor
  • Web Album Generator- a free program to create an online image gallery
  • Filezilla- a free open source FTP program (not really new, used for years, love it!)

Next, I need a floor plan…

 

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The light’s on…somebody is home!

“After reading Pat Geary’s ebook Working With Rootsweb FreePages Accounts, I got to thinking…”

I had been considering going back to a hosted set-up for Ruth’s Genealogy, but was not looking forward to all the effort to get it up and running and then the ongoing maintenance required. I just don’t really have that much time. And there is the problem of the incompatibility of RootsMagic with other genealogy database programs that I could use on such a site. And then there’s also my dissatisfaction with Picasa Web Albums.

My options were to do nothing and stay with my current “web site” (essentially WordPress, Picasa Web Albums and RootsWeb FreePages), or move back to a hosted site.

But wait…

Why not stay with WordPress and RootsWeb FreePages, then really concentrate on FreePages and build it into a “complete” site, housing both my database and associated images?

In this series
It’s coming…wait for it…
An old toy, now unloved?
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