5 Essentials of a Good Family Website

websiteThe best family tree sites
share five key elements:

  1. Focus
  2. Organization
  3. Adherence to best practices
  4. Consistent updating
  5. Optimized images

As you determine how you
want your website to be and as you build it, consider these questions to make
sure your site is on track:

Focus

  • Is the site about a single surname or everyone you’re researching?
  • Will you include images?
  • Is this a document-only site?
  • Is it clear to site visitors what the site is about?
  • Is this a research-based site?
  • Do you know the goal of this site?

Organization

  • Have you created logical categories for your posts?
  • Is the site easy to navigate?
  • Have you made it easy for people find out how to contact you?
  • Have you thought about how to organize data?
  • Will you have a photo gallery?

Best Practices

  • Is information presented in small bites vs. large areas of text?
  • Have you add ALT tags to your images? (more on this later)
  • Have you clearly titled each post?
  • Have you selected well-defined tags for each post?

Consistent Updating

  • Do you update your site at least once a week?
  • Do you have a plan for what you’ll post?

Optimized Images

  • Are your images resized at 72dpi?
  • Are your images in .jpg format?
  • Have you cropped images to highlight the important areas?

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