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2,431 study surnames with us
and a further 6,204 variant names.

Types of website

 

The Project supports many types of website including those described here:

HTML. These are free-standing websites whose pages use HTML coding, still the main language used in website creation. (They may also include Javascript and style sheets.) They are the most portable websites. Members can simply upload using a standard transfer program (such as Filezilla) as they have probably done for their existing website. Easy-to-use software and many genealogy programs will produce an HTML site ready for upload. Some software can also upload straight to a website.

CMS. These are websites that use Content Management Systems such as MediaWiki or WordPress. It is possible to integrate TNG with both WordPress and Drupal CMS systems.

  • MediaWiki. This is the software used by Wikipedia and many other websites and provides a simple way of creating web pages. Trusted viewers can be allowed to edit the pages as well as the site owner, or they can be restricted to just one person.

  • WordPress. This is the most used CMS in the world used by multinational organisations, media websites and small businesses alike. The software is installed on the Project webserver and can be used free of charge.

TNG. The Next Generation software enables website creation and editing by the upload of a GEDCOM file produced by most genealogy programs. Members’ TNG websites collectively will have the potential to make all their data sets work together, to form one huge data set linking to the sources contained in them. And that is just the first step; it will be just one example of how the data held by the Guild and its members can be really made to work by the innovative use of information technology. Participants will pay a one-off licence fee for the use of the TNG software.

Each TNG site you have needs a licence from the author. The Guild will send you a link to purchase one, for sites under this type. If you want a site which you will manage (as below) you will need your own licence to effect upgrading.

You can have your own stand-alone TNG site, but you will become responsible for its set-up and upgrading. The project team will not be able to assist you if things go wrong. You should be aware you will not have access to our server’s cPanel.

A set of support and guidance pages relating to the Project is available to members on the Guild Wiki under the heading Members’ Websites Project.

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