Seven Tips for publishing your genealogy at familytrees.genopro.com
Tip #1: Keep the same URL from one publication to another
This is by far the most important tip to remember. The
idea behind publishing your genealogy at
http://familytrees.genopro.com/ is having people view your
report. If your publication is moved or renamed, then many
visitors will land on a non-existing page and will never read your
report and/or contact you. The website familytrees.genopro.com
is visited by major search engine such Google, Yahoo, and MSN each
day. It is important to keep your publication at the same
location because search engines keep a history of each URL, giving
more importance to established and steady web addresses.
Although your genealogy report is indexed on a daily basis, Google
will take about 6 months before assigning a page rank to each HTML
page in your report.
People may bookmark your genealogy report.
Those bookmarks will be broken if you change the URL of your report.
Tip #2: Do not use spaces or special characters in your URL
An URL containing a space is invalid. Some friendly
browsers will encode the space as %20 to make your URL valid,
however many browsers will do nothing resulting in an error.
The solution to this problem is avoiding the space in the URL.
The ampersand (&) should be avoided in URLs because it has a special
meaning in HTML.
http://familytrees.genopro.com/Harry Potter Family/
(the space is not recommended)
(the & is not recommended either)
Tip #3: Use the hyphen/dash (-) as a word separator
If you really need to split words in your URL, it is best to use
the hyphen/dash (-) as a word separator. The hyphen is
recognized by all search engines as a word separator. The
underscore (_) is not a word separator; it is to bridge two words
into a single token.
There are many discussions on website development on the topic of
the use of
the dash (-) or the underscore (_) to split words. Our
recommendation is to use the dash/hyphen.
Reasons why using hyphen is better than using the underscore
as a word separator:
- The hyphen (-) is easier to type than the underscore (_).
The hyphen/dash is widely used in regular sentences, as date
field separators, phone number separators, subtractions and
other numerical notations. On the other hand, the
underscore is used by software developers to create names for
variables and function. It is amazing how many individuals
have no idea how to type the underscore.
- An URL with hyphens is easier to read than one with underscores.
Most browsers display their URLs using an underlined font.
The hyphen is always visible when the text is underlined, the
underscore may not visible at all if the text is underlined.
(underscore, notice how difficult to distinguish)
http://familytrees.genopro.com/Harry Potter/ (space,
almost identical to the underscore).
Depending on the font used, it is possible that the underscore is
invisible in your URL. If your report is printed and
the user wants to type the URL, he/she will appreciate the use
of hyphens instead of guessing the correct URL.
- The underscore is not considered a word separator by search
engines or by spellcheckers. For instance searching for "Harry_Potter" will
return only the pages having the token "Harry_Potter" (with the
underscore between Harry and Potter). At first, this
behavior may appear undesirable, however many software
developers do search the web for sample source code. For
instance, searching for "MAX_PATH" is not the same as searching
for "MAX PATH" or "MAX-PATH". You are welcome to try
searching and see the different results. If you search for MAX_PATH,
the search engine will return *only* pages containing the token
MAX_PATH (with the underscore between MAX and PATH), which is exactly what the software
developer wants to find.
Tip #4: Keep your URL short and easy to remember
Like any website, it is best to keep your URL as short as
possible. For instance, it is much preferable to use the
http://familytrees.genopro.com/Harry-Potter/ instead of
Having a shorter URL is easier to remember, faster to type and also
less complicated to send by email. The URL of your report
should be less than 70 characters, so it will not get wrapped into two
lines when you send it by email.
Tip #5: Avoid redundant keywords
Your URL should not repeat the same keyword. Since the URL
already includes the keyword "family" and "tree", you do need to
repeat those keywords.
keyword family is redundant)
You are welcome to include your family name in the URL to give
more emphasis for that name on the report.
Tip #6: Avoid all CAPITAL LETTERS and use CamelCase instead.
Writing a phrase or a URL in uppercase letters is much difficult
to read than its lowercase equivalent. The best solution is to
use CamelCase where you capitalize the first letter of each words.
http://familytrees.genopro.com/Harry-Potter/ (best -
(acceptable - all lowercase)
IN THE WEB COMMUNITY, WRITING A PHRASE ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS IS
IMPOLITE AND OFTEN CONSIDERED THE EQUIVALENT OF SHOUTING.
Tip #7: Do not delete your previous report before updating it
We have noticed many users delete their old report before
uploading a new report. Deleting a report deletes the whole
history of the report, including the visitor statistics.
If you have a brand new family report to upload at the same URL as a
previous report, just upload it there. Our online publisher is
optimized to handle such scenario and will overwrite the necessary
files from the previous report.
You are welcome to rename your old report before publishing a
different report at the same location. Renaming a report will
preserve the full log and visitor statistics history for that