My son, The Hermit Poet, and I have been looking at some ideas for new websites. He's thinking about specializing in creating websites for people in the arts– writers, poets, actors, painters, sculptors, musicians etc. — and friends of his Dad. My son is a lapsed painter, a great poet, and a crackerjack computer programmer.
Previously we have looked at the very interesting work of Peter Walton at www.anicesite.com who sells a template based powerful website package including hosting at a very nice price. I like Pete and his product. The other day I spotted another interesting sight that genealogy speakers might consult to see if TheAuthorSite was right for them. But it seemed to my son that the site was too busy and to me it screamed of sales. So I come back to something I picked up on this morning, I don't want to be "sold to " on the first screen of the website, I want to be "attracted". What do you think?
Let's try an experiement. Below are five links to websites for 5 great genealogy speakers I personally have met or talked to. I've heard almost all of them speak. However, if I have ever visited their websites, I have absolutely no recollection. I picked these at random from the Genealogy Speakers Guild Members Directory — they turned out to be friends! What I'd like you do do is pick out features on each site that seem to you to be good, and tell me why you like them. Then give me an over all impression. For comparison look again at The Hermit Poet site which my son hopes attracts the reader. I am not saying my son's effort is better let alone perfect, but it reaches his market.
Do you see a need for a clinic for professional genealogists to help them improve there web presence? Your comments are most welcome.