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How to Set Up a Family Web Page

by Alexandra Wright

The Internet has made it possible for families to let those they love keep up with what is going on in their lives via the World Wide Web. Setting up a family website makes it easier for grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and cousins to be aware of the events and day to day growth of your family members. The website that you set up should reflect who you are as a family.

Set aside a few days when you can work on your website. Ask your family for their ideas about what they want on the site. Decide if you want a theme or if your family is OK with a website that simply follows the family as it is.

Choose seven to ten names, as a family, for your website. Decide if the names you have chosen reflect who you are as a family.

Check a domain registry such as Psychic Whois, to see if your names are available. Decide which name your family will use.

Choose a server to host your website, such as Connected Families or MyFamily.com. Use a site such as WordPress.com if you prefer to start a simple blog.

Set up the account. It sometimes takes several hours before you are able to start working on your site, so take the time to do this before you are ready to work on your website.

Decide who will be allowed access to the family website. Make a list of those who will have access, and contact them after the website is complete. Include friends and relatives. Invite teachers who have been close to your family.

Have family members gather photos and videos they would like to see on the website. Ask each member of your family to write a short note about what they think about the website. Younger children can ask an adult or older sibling to write down the information for them.

Choose what kind of look you want for your family's site. Many servers have templates that you can use to help you get started. Choose styles and colors that compliment your family style and personality.

Start adding the family pictures, videos and letters to the site. Experiment and move things around until you are satisfied with the result.

Test the site a few hours after you have finished working. Log in and make sure that everything has uploaded the way that you wanted it to. Invite friends and family to take a look at your site.

Items you will need
  • Digital or film camera
  • Scanner

Tips

  • Update your site at least every two weeks.
  • Give each family member a page on which he can express himself, with adult supervision for children.
  • Give serious consideration to children's ideas.
  • Website names without dashes or funny spellings are easier for others to recall.

Warning

  • Do not let your children have access to unscreened emails to your site.

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About the Author

Alexandra Wright is a freelance writer and professional educator. She has taught English as a second language and has experience teaching English at the elementary, secondary and university levels. Wright holds a Master of Arts in English literature.