Wednesday, October 12, 2016

GenealogyAtHeart Website Update

I've been writing a lot about technology lately.  I do love it but it certainly is a pain when it glitches!  Last year I created a free website using Sidengo called www.GenealogyAtHeart.com.  I linked my blog posts to it and featured genealogical special offers, photos of recent research trips I'd taken and information for clients who were interested in contacting me.  In July, I received an email from Sidengo that in less than 3 weeks my account was going to be closed unless I moved to a paid option.  I was leaving town for a two week research trip the next day, had a client deadline I had to finish before I left and was returning to my teaching job three days after the research trip ended so I felt rushed into making a decision.  Hubby thought I should just pay up to make my life easier but I didn't want to do that as I thought it was poor customer service to pressure folks into paying.  During my evenings while I was on my research trip I searched for alternatives.  I settled on another company but wasn't really happy with it - I was only able to get one page so the website was a long scroll AND I couldn't link to my blog posts so I had to list them which was cumbersome for readers.
In September, the Association of Professional Genealogists had a webinar about Wordpress. I had explored them in July but didn't find the site intuitive enough for me to figure out how to quickly put together my webpages.  After watching the webinar I thought I'd give it another try and in just a few hours I had my webpages almost back to where it was from the beginning.  It's officially live so I'll continue to post my blogs on blogspot and then archive at genealogyatheart.com.  So, if you want to find an older post and you remember the month - you can look on blogger.  If you can't remember when it was published but are looking for the topic - visit genealogyatheart.com where I've tagged and archived by area.

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