Redesigning my Chaos

Like many genealogists stuck at home, I’ve been watching what I can of Roots Tech from my computer screen. It’s been fun, inspiring and distracting in all the best ways. Sure my laundry is a little behind but that’s alright, I’m sure my family has plenty of clean clothes still. I think.. ha!

One of the big hits coming out of Roots Tech is the huge exposure given to the TNG website software. If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you’ll know that I love TNG and I’ve been using it for years and years. As early as 2008 I think. I’d have to double check. I really want to say I was a version 6 user and the 9th version is just being released. So it’s been awhile.

Design Sketch

With all this new exposure, there are bound to be a thousand new questions. I’ve decided that I’m going to do a special project here on my blog. One of my goals is to get this website redesign done for good by the end of the year. In order to help myself along with that goal, I will be writing blogs about my progress. It makes me more motivated to sit down and do this if I’m documenting the progress. I love documenting everything I do for some strange reason. ;p

This redesign is going to encompass a lot more then what I was originally planning to do. I intend to walk through and document the process of getting TNG and WordPress installed on my own domain. Integrating them, all the things everyone would like to do but thinks they can’t. I’m here to tell you, you can! I’m going to walk through the process with you. I’ll document my trials and tribulations or as I call them “misadventures”. If you look at my current website design, there are plenty of flaws that I’m eager to fix, and I can’t wait to bring others along in the journey!

Yes I’ve already got my website software installed and ready to go, but this installation has been around for many years, especially TNG. Which means there are plenty more advancements in technology since I originally started. I plan to do tutorials for different things once the site is set up. Some of the things I plan to highlight is the transfer of your GEDCOM file from your software to TNG. I’ll show tips and tricks to the software and the little quirks.

I know the big question will be am I qualified to write these tutorials? Well that’s not a question I can answer for you. Everything I’ve learned has been through trial and error. I’ve had things break completely, I’ve had things work wonderfully. I’m just a regular girl who likes to mess around with websites and genealogy. I’m not stuffy and I definitely don’t mind admitting that I could use more then a few classes in genealogy and web design. Until I can save up some money though, it’s time for me to teach myself a little bit more! All these lessons I learn I’ll document here with links back to everything I’ve found and utilized!

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  • Taneya

    February 4, 2012

    Kathleen – I think many will benefit from tutorials you may put online! I am especially interested in the integration with WordPress – I’ve not tried that yet myself despite the fact I’ve been using both since about 2006. I’ll be keeping an eye out for your posts. 🙂

  • Shelley

    February 4, 2012

    I will definitely be watching following your posts. Your site – just as it is – is what I aspire to!

  • Susan

    February 4, 2012

    So timely. I’ ll be following too.

  • Magda

    February 4, 2012

    You have one of the most original incorporation of TNG I have ever seen in web design !


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