The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.
Many of today's genealogy programs will create web pages that you can upload to a web hosting service in the Internet. This allows you to share your genealogy information with everyone on the World Wide Web, or (optionally) you can restrict access to those you allow by using a password. Genealogy programs that will generate web-ready HTML files include RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree, AncestralQuest, Second Site (works with The Master Genealogist), GRAMPS, Reunion (for Macintosh), and a number of others.
However, the question soon arises: "Where should I host these pages?"
The quick answer is "It all depends." In this article, I will describe some of the available options.
The cheapest method is to host your web site on a free hosting service. Be aware, however, that you often get what you pay for—or don't pay for, in this case. Free services have to pay the bills somehow, and the most common method is to sell advertising on all the web sites hosted on the service. You can upload your genealogy web pages free of charge, but those who view it will probably see advertisements for all sorts of non-genealogy-related products. Another issue is that free hosting services usually do not offer the more sophisticated server services, such as PHP or MySQL databases. This means that you will not be able to run database applications on the web server. For instance, The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (often called “TNG”) is a popular genealogy package for web servers. However, it requires PHP and therefore will not operate on most of the free web hosting services.
Free is always tempting, but I won't use any of the free web hosting services because I cannot control what happens on my web pages.
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