Reasons for a Web 2.0 Website for the Genealogy Professional
Web 2.0 websites support a collaborative environment where more that one person can contribute to the website. The website requires authentication and therefore your can restrict access to these type of website. This is ideal for sharing genealogical information where some of the information may be private and you may wish to restrict access to all or part of your website to specific family members. Access is controlled by requiring users to provide a name and password to access restricted parts of your website.
This type of website has been available at a cost to clients of eXpertGenealogy.com for many years. An excellent example is at http://kennethwmilano.com. For those who wish to have their own domain name, this is an inexpensive and effective solution.
This year, Google has introduced a similar free service for those who do not need their own domain names. The service is described at http://www.google.com/sites/overview.html. An example is at http://sites.google.com/a/expertgenealogy.com/expertgenealogy.
Case Study - http://kennethwmilano.com
Google states that if you wish to be found by their search engine amongst the millions of websites then you must provide lots of information content about the subject of your website. Ken Milano specializes in Philadelphia research. His website includes a significant amount of information about Philadelphia in his Encyclopaedia Kensingtoniana. The http://kennethwmilano.com website contains over 150 web pages of informative Philadelphia history. Because of this information, this website appears as prominate website in the search results of a Google search of [genealogy kensington fishtown]. Check this yourself by visiting http://google.com/search?q=genealogy+kensington+fishtown. The rule is to provide information about your subject and visitors will find your website via search engines like Google and Yahoo.
Because this website can be updated easily with your standard web browser, the information can be kept current.
This website was created by Ken Milano with collaboration with other colleagues. The web 2.0 capabilities allowed multiple people to contribute to the information content of the website.
Another feature of this website is the ability to do e-commerce and establish an environment where visitor can purchase multiple products via a typical shopping cart application. See the example at http://kennethwmilano.com/page/Products/tabid/91/Default.aspx
Questions about website development and hosting should be directed to support@eXpertGenealogy.com