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    Question Family web service
    I thought it'd be nice to start a web site for my family to use to stay in touch, post photos to, etc. Thing is I don't really have the time to start something from scratch and most of my relatives aren't html savvy.

    Can anyone recommend an online service (free or reasonably priced) that offers tools that would make it fairly simple to start and maintain a family ring?

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    There used to be tons of those, now I think its mostly flickr or start a blog that they can each be users for and let them all post to it

    But I'm sure someone will come up with one of the other services, I'm drawing a blank right now. There was a big one, but it actually was kindof complicated...
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    Thanks Deb. I figure worst case scenario I could set up a Yahoo group. I'm just hoping that there's something that's designed specifically for families to use.

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    Google has something that's perfect for that - hosted by them or on your own domain.

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    Lord, I feel like I'm playing charades.Gimme a hint maybe?

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    LOL. sorry for the mystery, went to get the link for it.

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    www.mac.com groups ... (might be a paid service)
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    A forum.

    http://forum.abestweb.com/showthread...t=family+forum

    "I thought it'd be nice to start a web site for my family to use to stay in touch, post photos to, etc."

    A forum would meet all that.

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    You can also set up a googlegroups for the family, either "open" or by invite only. Forum or mailing list. And a calendar - for birthdays, weddings, etc. Easy as pie.

    Here's the help group for the Pages

    http://groups.google.com/group/GPCDi...Group?lnk=iggc

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    I remember seeing something at CJ, Our Story, or something like that...I am still fuzzy from the holidays! lol

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    Yep, checked my site, it is definitely Our Story...

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    My family uses www.myfamily.com you can post pictures, video, voice clips, files, news etc.

    The cost is free, but after it exceeds so much space a fee is necessary to increase the size of your site.

    Everyone can set up email notifications for when something new is added to the site.

    It comes with email and chat.

    Each family member can update their profile with current info and even create a wish list.
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    Thanks all for your suggestions. I think myfamily.com looks to be the best bet for ease of use. However I'm wondering if I should just set up a Yahoo group since most people have a Yahoo account already.

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    Another couple intersting ones...

    http://famoodle.com/
    http://www.famster.com/
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    I liked famster a lot so I created an account. Then I realized that it's probably going to overwhelm most of my family. They're very smart people but I'm the only one who's a computer/internet nut. I doubt they'd be interested enough in the process or the outcome to spend much time exploring famster. Also it's preloaded with a lot of links and other things that I don't think are especially helpful.

    So I'm back to Yahoo groups again for ease of use and familiarity. Can anyone think of a reason *not* to use Yahoo?

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    I setup vbulletin and photopost for our family and friends. Though not a free or "easy" solution.

    I would suggest get a domain, and put phpbb forum (it's free) on the site. As it grows and you have more time you can always expand the site, and people can directly talk to one another back and forth. Not a lot of work, can be done in less than an hour, and you can always have multiple admins (family) to help you out in running it.

    There are other free forums as well, but phpbb is probably the best next to the (paid) vbulletin.

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    What I like about the forum solution that Googlegroups has (aside from the fact that it's free) is that they've got everything set up so it's a no-brainer to use. It took me about 5 mins to get the whole thing going when did one, I didn'[t have to install anything, just sign up and choose options. And most important to me, I didn't have to worry about security or hacking issues (not uncommon with forums), or forum/comment spam.

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