Create Your Own Family Tree (Genealogy) Website

Are you researching your family history? A great way of generating interest that may lead to further information is to create a web site of your family tree and family history information. Many of the better Genealogy Software programs provide the opportunity to do this. Alternately, submitting your GEDCOM file to the numerous (and free) genealogy sites gives your name and history a presence on the World Wide Web. Another alternative is to use a free hosting service, eg Yahoo GeoCities where you can create your own web site. However these free hosting sites often have restrictions on how much you can display and are often difficult for the first time user.

The best way to design, develop and publish your own family family tree website is to use a HTML Editor like FrontPage or one of the many (sometimes free) HTML editors available on the internet. You will need to purchase a domain name and web hosting.

The following tips will help you create a family tree web site:

Title. The correct title to your web page is critical. It helps search engines identify your page, and searchers to find your page. Something like "The History of the Jones Family in Alabama" or "The Ancestors and Family History of Robert Jones in Alabama" is far better than "My Family Tree" !.

Header. The first paragraph, or header, should contain the surnames of the principal families researched and displayed in your family tree. Again, not just a list of names, but proper sentences which include key words such as family, family tree, ancestors, genealogy and family history.

Content. Visitors and search engines are looking for quality content, particularly on the home page of your web site. Just a list of names being reviewed is not enough. Compose a few paragraphs briefly describing your family history, with links to your other pages for more detailed family information. Limit your images on the home page to occasional to one family photograph, again with links to your other photographs.

Navigation. Good websites have good navigation which allows visitors and search engines to find there way around the web site. Navigation buttons or text links must be on all pages. Particularly important is a Home link on each page.

Meta Tags. Meta Tags are essential on all web sites. Without Meta Tags web sites will be hard for searchers to find and will rank very lowly in many search engine listings. There is no point in having a web site that can not be found. Do it soon to improve your 'findability' and search engine ranking. A later article on Meta tags will help further.

The Importance of Links. If you have a family tree web site, having other genealogy web sites linking to you is a proven way of generating traffic and improving your page rank in search engines. 'Link Popularity' is measured by the number if inward links you have to your sites. Inward links should be from quality genealogy sites. A …

Search Engine Marketing and Optimization – The Basics

As competition on the web grows, more and more business owners have questions about search engine rankings and what can be done to show up higher, or even show up at all, for certain search terms. This is where SEM and SEO come into play. Here, we review some basics.

So, what are SEO and SEM?

Search Engine Marketing seeks to increase a website's visibility within the search results of a search engine – this can be within the "natural" / "organic" results or in a paid advertising area of ​​the results. An SEM campaign can include many facets – including Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Campaigns and more.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) seeks to improve the number and quality of visitors to a web site from "natural" ("organic" or "algorithmic") search results – generally what comes up from a basic search within most search engines. SEO can most easily be explained as implementing content and technical elements in a site that increase the ranking in search engines for specific keywords / phrases.

Where do you start?

If you are just trying to make sure that your site appears in the search engines, there are some very basic steps to take that will help ensure that the search engines will include your site – most of these are technical pieces that your web developer may have implemented on your site when it was first built. If you want to try to increase your ranking in the main search results then an SEO campaign is the way to go. And, if you want to increase your ranking while also showing up in other areas of the search engines (such as in the right column) then you will want to begin a full SEM campaign.

The first step for any SEO / SEM campaign is deciding on keywords and key phrases that you want to focus on for your site. It is important to not only consider the words and phrases that you associate with your organization, but also what keywords / phrases people are actually using in their searches. A good web company can help you do important research into your industry, competitors and audiences to ensure that your SEO and SEM efforts are done strategically to get the most value.

Once the initial decisions have been made, implementation of content edits and technical elements are the next steps. Search Engines are continuously changing their ranking methods or "algorithms" and, in order to maintain your ranking, ongoing changes to your site will need to be made as well. …

Embedded Single Board Computers

Our world today is full of electronic devices. We see a lot of them in our homes, in our offices and at shopping malls. Each device has their own characteristic, and they are all equipped with computers embedded deep in their system. These small computers are called single board computers (SBCs).

Single board computers are small circuit boards that contain all the components (i.e. processor, memory, I/O, etc.) necessary to function as a complete digital computer. These computers are actually similar in appearance to your typical desktop computer motherboard, although much smaller. Single board computers are found in many applications we use today. They are often used as the base for personal computers like laptops and notebooks. Single board computers are designed to be integrated with other electronic components to form an industrial machine or an electronic product.

But how can the combination of a processor, memory, and other computer components automate the functions of a specific electronic product or industrial machine? There are actually two phases in the design of embedded single board computers. The first is the design of the computer hardware, and the second is the design of the computer software.

In the hardware design phase, a company in need of a new industrial machine may opt to design their own embedded SBC in-house. They hire engineers to design the SBC for them. Alternatively, they can ask an SBC manufacturer to make an embedded SBC custom-designed for their specific application.

Today, most companies purchase SBCs that are already pre-designed — often called off-the-shelf SBCs. As opposed to custom SBCs, off-the-shelf embedded SBCs adhere to certain standards that are determined by their form factor. Most common form factors for embedded SBCs are the PC/104, EBX and EPIC form factor.

So how can these off-the-shelf embedded SBCs perform a specific function if they have the same designs? The answer is the software design. For the computer to perform a specific function, a computer program must be developed instructing the computer what to do. Companies usually hire software engineers for this design phase. Embedded SBC manufacturers often provide extensive software support.…