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Gramps did, for many years, provide a free hosting service for people to post family trees...Sadly, with the change to a new hosting service, we are no longer able to provide the service. There are a number of free hosting services that you could use - contact the gramps-users list and you'll get some good advice. See Library.


The GRAMPS project provides hosting for family web pages to the users of GRAMPS. This service is free and does not provide any revenue to the project. We hope that this is useful to GRAMPS users and we would like these sites to demonstrate the growing capabilities of GRAMPS.

We will let the users request an account and then upload their website data to this account. We reserve the right to place limits on the size of the upload. We will review the contents before posting them (see Terms of Use below for details), so if you are a spammer you are just wasting your time.

Terms of use

By applying for a webhosting account on the http://library.gramps-project.org site, you are acknowledging acceptance of our terms of use. These terms are fairly simple, and are outlined below:

  1. As the publisher of your web pages, you accept sole responsibility for their content. The GRAMPS project cannot be held responsible for their content.
  2. The GRAMPS project is not responsible for any privacy violations that may be contained within your pages. Again, you accept all responsibility for their content.
  3. The GRAMPS project reserves the right to refuse publication of any site without explanation. It is likely that the web site administrators will examine your pages before they are installed on the web site.
  4. The GRAMPS project reserves the right to remove pages if we feel it is necessary. Typical reasons for removal would include, but are not limited to, abuse of the site, copyright violations or privacy violations.
  5. While we give you the opportunity to increase security of your site by allowing you to assign a username and password to your pages, we cannot be held responsible for any security problems that may arise. The GRAMPS project pays for the web site and the bandwidth, but we are not in control of security. If your data are sensitive, think twice before publishing them. For maintenance reasons, the web site administrators may look at your data even if you request password protection.
  6. All data contained in your pages belong to you, not the GRAMPS project. Please make sure you have copyright notices on your pages.

Preparing your data

You should prepare your data for upload before requesting an upload account. This means, you need first to create your web site and have it packaged into a single .tar.gz file. The current release of GRAMPS can output the narrative web site in this format. Otherwise, you can pack your data into a .tar.gz file like this:

 tar czf my_data.tar.gz my_data_dir

where my_data.tar.gz is the new file to upload and the my_data_dir is the name of the directory containing the website.

If you have problems creating/packaging your data for upload, please contact us to seek help before requesting an upload account below. After you have successfully packaged your data, return to this page and then request the upload account.

Requesting an upload account

To request an upload account you will need to fill out the necessary information on the request page. In particular, the following information will be required:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Number of people in database
  • Requested upload account name
  • Requested upload account password

We will try to honor your account name and password request. Final information and instructions will be emailed to the specified account. Please note that your upload account and password are separate from any other username or password you may have already chosen for the gramps-project.org site. The upload account name and password will be used only for uploading your data to this site.

Privacy options

Normally, all data on this site are publicly available. Anyone who wants to look at the pages may do so. If you want to restrict access to your data, requiring a username and a password to access the data, please also provide the optional data:

  • Requested read account name
  • Requested read account password

If you set these up, the users will be required to enter the username and password before they can have access to the site. --Tjkupp 15:39, 15 February 2010 (UTC)