We provide a Project Website template that allows you to create a public project website for your project. Public project websites are part of the Family Tree DNA website. This site is important for both recruiting participants and for displaying your project members’ results.

To set up your project’s public project website:

  1. Sign in to your myFTDNA account using your Project Administrator ID and password.
  2. Find the Project Administration menu in the top menu bar, and hover your mouse over it.
  3. On the menu bar, hover your cursor over PROJECT ADMINISTRATION to display the drop-down menu. 
  4. On the drop-down menu, click Public Website.
  5. On the Site Configuration tab, complete the following:
    1. If you want to change the title of your project, in the Title box, enter the new title. By default, the title that you entered on your application is displayed.
    2. On the rest of the page, select the check boxes and options for the items that you would like to display on your project site.
  6. In the upper-left corner above the Site Configuration tab, click the Save Settings button to set up your public project website.
  7. Fill in the text boxes on the Background, Goals, News, and Results tabs. They should have basic information about your project. You do not need to know HTML to use these fields. If you do, there is an option to change to HTML view at the bottom of each text box. Page help explains other advanced options.
  8. Click the Save Settings button again to update your project.

Note: Even if you plan to have an external website or blog, it is best practice to have your Public Project Website established and well maintained. It is often the first site that web search engines like Google™ will show those searching for your group project.