Second Site Mailing List
Second Site has a dedicated mailing list. I monitor the list closely and I am an active participant. Subscribe today to discuss how to make the most effective use of Second Site!
See the Downloads page for files related to Second Site that are not included in the latest installation package but that you may find useful.
Some users have submitted custom Formats for your use. See the Custom Formats Contributed by Users page.
Web Site Resources
Second Site will make web pages for you. The only other thing you need to know is how to publish those pages, but you may want to know a lot more. The resources listed here can help.
Web Site Hosting Services
If you plan to share your web pages on the World Wide Web, you will need a web hosting service. Family History Hosting (FHH) is a web hosting service dedicated to genealogy sites with special features for Second Site users. WIth FHH, you get the same great service as you get with Second Site.
There are many other web hosting options. Your ISP may provide a home page you can use for this purpose, or you may use free web hosting services. Most of the free options add advertising or other content to your pages, and in some cases the extra content can interfere with the formatting of your site.
When shopping for web hosting services, it's important to remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. All web hosting services have a finite amount of resources (bandwidth, disk space, etc.) and those resources are shared in some manner by customers. Some deceptive web hosting services promise each customer oodles of disk space, etc., but when any particular customer attempts to use more than a fraction of what was promised, the company deactivates the account. Other companies simply over-sell their services and while they do not deactivate accounts, their customers are disappointed by poor response time or other problems. Caveat emptor.
Registering a Domain
If you want your own domain name, you need to register a domain. Web hosting services will often include a service to register a domain, and using that service may be an inexpensive option. Domain names are separate from web hosting services, however, and it is important that you retain control over the domain. In the future, you may want to move your site from one web hosting service to another. If your web hosting provider has control over the domain, that will complicate the process.
There are a number of companies that offer domain registration services. The grand-daddy of all is Network Solutions, Inc. Their service may be better suited to more technical users. Another choice is GoDaddy.
A guide I recommend, and one that is specific to genealogical web sites, is part of the Cyndi's List site: Cyndi's Genealogy Home Page Construction Kit.
Another genealogy specific resource of note is recommended by the National Genealogy Society: Guidelines For Publishing Web Pages On The Internet.
thesitewizard.com includes information about website design, promotion, and implementation.
The Web Design Group (WDG) provides references and tools on their HTML Help page.
The W3Schools.com site has a lot of information about web technologies, but it is more appropriate for intermediate and advanced users than for beginners.
Specific to Second Site
Terry Reigel's Using Second Site to Share Your TMG Data includes multiple articles that describe how Terry uses Second Site.
Many web hosting services allow FTP access to their servers for their users to manage web site content. Here are some free FTP clients:
You can read more about FTP on the Family History Hosting HelpBase.
Many testers said that Second Site helped them find problems with their data and their TMG sentences. If you have a question about TMG, make sure you visit the Wholly Genes web site and Lee Hoffman's TMG Tips web site. Lee's site includes links to many other pages and resources.
TMG Companion Programs
See my home page for other TMG companion programs.
Search Engine Resources
The article How to Improve Your Search Engine Ranking on Google by Christopher Heng provides some tips on improving the chances that someone using Google will find your site. Google explains how their search works on the Our Search: Google Technology page.
Thanks to John Davis, a Second Site user who identified the search engine resources described above.
This page last changed on 08 Mar 2011.