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Home Page – use the “Upload Home Page” button


See below for how this is created. To upload it, log in and click the Upload Home Page button,



browse to your “home.txt” file, wherever you have saved it



To have your own customised home page for your family you need to create and upload a file named home.txt. Essentially, this is the body text of an HTML page; that is, the text that appears between the <BODY> tag and the </BODY> tag when viewing the source of the page (not including the BODY tags themselves). This text will then form the basis of your home page when someone browses to your family folder. You can make this page in any style you like. There are a few restrictions, however, on the html tags you can use. You may only use the following tags <font>, <img>, <div>, <a>, <br>, <h1>, <h2>, <h3>, <h4>, <h5>, <h6>, <table>, <tr>, <td>. This may be extended if this proves too restrictive but it allows reasonable formatting and inclusion of hyperlinks.


If you would like visitors to your home page to be able to contact you through a web form, effectively contacting you via the email address you gave when you registered with XY Family Tree and created your folder – but without disclosing that email address to visitors or snoopers – you should put the text !!contact!! (that is 2 exclamation marks each side of the word “contact”) in your text at the point where you would like to have a hyperlink to the contact form.


For example:


   The home page of the Sam family.<br>

   !!contact!!

   <br>Welcome<br>


To upload your home.txt file to just need to log in, click the “upload home page” button and browse your local files to find the home.txt file.


You can preview your intended home page on your PC if you rename it home.htm. This would not be a proper html page but is sufficient for viewing locally. Don’t forget to rename it as home.txt before you try to upload it. And be careful if you use a wordprocessor such as Word to edit the file. If Word detects it as an html file it will take over and deliver something far more complicated than you require. Best to use a proper web page editor or just Notepad. In fact, you should always review the home.txt in Notepad, or similar text editor, before uploading to make sure it doesn’t include any tags outside the BODY tags.


An example home.txt file might look like this:


   <table width=75% border=0″ align=center>

   <tr>

   <td height=50″ colspan=2″ bgcolor=#0000FF>&nbsp;</td>

   </tr>

   <tr>

   <td><a href=http://xyfamilytree.com/family/royal-family-uk/person_asc.php?id=52″><img src=elizabeth_ii_alexandra_mary_windsor_id52.jpg alt=See the ancestors of Queen Elizabeth II width=180″ height=225″ border=0″></a></td>

   <td>

   <table width=91% border=0″ align=center cellpadding=2″ cellspacing=2″>

   <tr>

   <td> <p align=center><font size=+1″ face=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif><br>

   Where would we be now without our wonderful Royal Family?</font></p>

   <p align=center><font size=+1″ face=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif> It’s

   a very British institution and gives that satisfying sense of tradition.</font></p>

   <p align=center><font size=+1″ face=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif> But

   how did this family come to rule this country?</font></p>

   <p align=center><font size=+1″ face=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif><a href=http://xyfamilytree.com/family/royal-family-uk/person_asc.php?id=52″>Look

   at their family ancestry.</a></font></p>&nbsp;</td>

   </tr>

   </table>

   </td>

   </tr>

   <tr>

   <td height=50″ colspan=2″ bgcolor=#0000FF>&nbsp;</td>

   </tr>

   </table>


   !!contact!!


Copy this, edit it for your own folder, save it as home.txt and upload it.


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