01843 310123 (Thanet, East Kent) / 0207 127 9232 (London)

Websites for genealogists

The design agency of choice for genealogy websites

From genealogists starting out, to those more established and societies too.

We are specialists in developing clean, functional, simple to use websites, tailored to promoting your genealogy and family history research business.

Allowing you to focus on your research work

The Beachshore ethos is to make owning a website as straightforward and painless as possible. We understand that the technical know-how of genealogists varies wildly, as it does for any other discipline. To that end, we adapt our service to genealogists from a full maintenance and support package to providing admin tools for website self-update.

Leave it all to us, we can order / manage your domain name (the .co.uk / .com address), set up a business email address for you, keep your website fully updated and all hosted on our state of the art UK-based secure web servers.

We pride ourselves on explaining each step of the process as clearly and simply as possible, will answer any questions and always offer expert opinion on the best approach for your website.

“Paul at Beachshore gives a highly professional service while remaining friendly and easy to contact. Responses are quick and any changes requested are handled swiftly. The benefit of using Paul's experience and advice in the design process is clear in the informative and accessible website he has produced for my business. I have had an increased number of enquiries since my website was launched.”

Emma Jolly

Website development for Emma Jolly, writer, historian, genealogist

Our five-step process to a successful performing genealogy website

While we share a common love of family history, each genealogy client we work with has their individuality that we work to reflect in their website. Despite these variances, we apply our five-step process for each website development project.

1. Discovery & analysis

Starting out with understanding where you are with your business, whether it's a start-up in need of branding or something more established where you're looking for a step to the next level. At this stage we understand your requirements, the scope of your website, its functions, your likes and dislikes and offer our input.

This is the moment that our experience, not only in web development but also genealogical research and working with a range of genealogists, comes into its own. We also work at this step to guide you with the key content components for your website, such as its content, describing your research business, the images we'll use and whether you need help with branding or a new logo.

2. Design

Pulling everything together from the discovery stage, we take some time to work on some design concepts, considering style, colour, content and that little bit extra which makes every genealogy client different. Our rough concepts become drawn up images you are provided with, viewable in a web browser, to give you a close representation of how your completed genealogy website will look. We always try to get this step right first time, and indeed we're usually close, but this is the important time for you to give us feedback on what you like or dislike about the design.

It's important for us that every client is delighted with their finished website so we put time and focus into this stage, not progressing further until you are as happy with your website's design as we are.

3. Development

This is the stage our programmers love, delving into the code (as yes, we hand code every website) and making the design a live, working website. If you've already provided the words for your website (or our content writers are working on the project), we'll include those. Otherwise we use replacement text so you can see how your website is looking and what content will look good where.

As always, we provide as much guidance and support as you need at this stage. The website remains in this development stage while we tweak and fine-tune both the layout and the content until you're happy for us to press the big button and launch your website to the world. (Note - there isn't really a big button but that would be rather cool wouldn't it?).

4. Launch

This is the moment your website may be found on the web. Before then we have a pre-launch process, taking the website out of its packaging and giving it a final polish. If you're a new business and not had a website previously, we work to introduce you to Google's search engine, the start of getting your website found. For replacement websites, we redirect old pages to new, which helps not only Google to understand the change but also to allow anyone who may have bookmarked pages on your website to find the new content.

5. Continuing support

A key part of Beachshore, and something we put enormous amounts of time and energy into is our high quality client support. Different clients have different needs and we adapt to accommodate these variances. With our experience, we can anticipate what most genealogists are likely going to need from us, and how frequently.

Our genealogist support plans are set up to encourage our genealogy clients to contact us for website maintenance and support when they need it, not when it suits us. We see no point in putting obstacles in the way of keeping your website fresh and current.

Paul is our resident genealogist...

Paul Carter

Paul Carter BA (Hons) MBCS

While devoting much of his career to date in the software development industry, Paul has always had a passion for history and has been researching his own family for over sixteen years. Inspired by the interest his grandfather had in the subject, Paul has taken up the mantle and can frequently be heard muttering in archives 'what would Granddad think?'!

That passion has become a vocation as Paul now splits his work time between Beachshore's web development business and undertaking genealogy research commissions, specialising in military research and families in the east of Kent. Paul is an Associate Member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) and is busy studying towards a Higher Certificate in Genealogy with the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies in Canterbury (IHGS). He is also a Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).

As well as working with a number of genealogists and genealogical organisations on their website solutions, Paul is regularly called upon to speak to genealogy audiences on websites and technology. He has also written articles for Family Tree magazine and Local History News.

Website development for Karen Cummings at Professional Family History

“I absolutely love my new website, produced by Paul at Beachshore. My colour scheme was constrained by an existing logo and I could not see how it could be made more modern looking. I was so pleased with the design and colour scheme that Paul come up with - so much more than I could ever have imagined in my desire to have a more up to date look. Paul answered all my numerous questions in detail and with great patience.”

Dr Karen Cummings

“Wow! I was thrilled when I saw my new website. It looks very professional and is just what I wanted. You have made the sale of my online course and video download so simple. I have seen a noticeable increase in business overall as well. Thank you Paul!”

Celia Heritage

Website development for Celia Heritage at Heritage Family History

Genealogist Website Design Pricing

We are delighted to offer to special reduced rates for websites in the genealogy sector. These prices should be considered a guideline as all our work is tailored to individual client requirements and costed accordingly. We will provide an accurate quotation once we have discussed your requirements.

Genealogist Starter

from £450+VAT

3 pages with contact form

Mobile responsive website

Perfect for those just starting out as a genealogist or making it a part-time business. Typical pages are Home, About and Research Services.

Genealogist Brochure

from £550+VAT

4 - 6 pages

Mobile responsive website

Our most popular genealogist website. Typically includes Home, About, Contact and up to three Services pages.

Add an integrated blog for £150+VAT

Genealogist Brochure Plus

from £1,150+VAT

7 - 12 pages

Mobile responsive website

For genealogy businesses that require that little bit more, whether that's additional pages such as news / events, a photo gallery or a client area. Includes an integrated blog as standard.

Genealogist Website Hosting & Support Pricing

Genealogist Bronze

£20+VAT per month

SSL secure website UK-based hosting (with free SSL certificate)

Inclusive support time 3 hours per year

1 premium business IMAP mailbox with unlimited forwarders

Google Analytics website reporting

Genealogist Silver

£50+VAT per month

SSL secure website UK-based hosting (with free SSL certificate)

Inclusive support time 6 hours per year

3 premium business IMAP mailboxes with unlimited forwarders

Google Analytics website reporting

1 hour SEO analysis & reporting per month

Genealogist Gold

£100+VAT per month

SSL secure website UK-based hosting (with free SSL certificate)

Inclusive support time 10 hours per year

3 premium business IMAP mailboxes with unlimited forwarders

Google Analytics website reporting

3 hours SEO analysis & reporting, updates and implementation per month

Website development for the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, Canterbury

“Paul made the whole process of designing our new website so easy. His ideas and creativity enable us to translate our vision of our Institute through our new website. His support since has been invaluable.”

Sarah Bulson, Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies

“Paul, I can’t thank you enough for such a crisp, professional and easy to read website. You took my ideas and listened carefully to what I wanted – something different, Scottish and personal to me – and you have used your skills and experience well and achieved everything I had hoped for. Throughout you have been extremely helpful, professional and offered fabulous guidance. I am delighted with your service and I would not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone.”

Lorna Kinnaird, Dunedin Links Genealogy

Website development for Lorna Kinnaird at Dunedin Links Genealogy

We have also worked with...

Websites for Family History and Local History Societies

We are always happy to help family and local history societies, recognising the important work these groups of volunteers do. Bringing the same expertise and care as we provide to our genealogy research clients, we offer some special standardised packages especially for societies. Our most cost effective solutions. For those needing other features, these standard packages may be extended with customisation.

Website development for Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA)

“I am absolutely thrilled with the new website. It looks impressive and really portrays a 21st century AGRA. Thanks for all your efforts and insight.”

Ian Waller, Chairman, AGRA

Genealogy and Local History Society Website Design Pricing

These special rate prices should be considered a guideline but indicate the type of charges we quote. We will provide an accurate quotation once we have discussed your requirements.

Society Wordpress

from £350+VAT

Ability to add plenty of pages

Mobile responsive Wordpress website

Special Wordpress template designed by us for history societies

Our most affordable option, giving you a flexible Wordpress website. We set it up and give you the access to maintain it.

Society Basic

from £500+VAT

Up to 7 pages

Mobile responsive website

A fully tailored website, designed exactly for your society's needs. Includes news, events and gallery facilities with admin system to manage.

Society Plus

from £950+VAT

Up to 10 pages

Mobile responsive website

For societies that require that little bit more, whether that's additional features such as content protected in a members only area.

Society Premium

from £1,550+VAT

Up to 15 pages

Mobile responsive website

For societies requiring a premium website with facilities such as a membership management system or some e-commerce facilities.

Society Website Hosting & Support Pricing

Society Wordpress

£15+VAT per month

SSL secure website UK-based hosting (with free SSL certificate)

Inclusive support time 1 hour per year

Google Analytics website reporting

Society Bronze

£20+VAT per month

SSL secure website UK-based hosting (with free SSL certificate)

Inclusive support time 3 hours per year

1 premium business IMAP mailbox with unlimited forwarders

Google Analytics website reporting

Society Silver

£50+VAT per month

SSL secure website UK-based hosting (with free SSL certificate)

Inclusive support time 6 hours per year

Up to 5 premium business IMAP mailboxes with unlimited forwarders

Google Analytics website reporting

Society Gold

£70+VAT per month

SSL secure website UK-based hosting (with free SSL certificate)

Inclusive support time 12 hours per year

Up to 10 premium business IMAP mailboxes with unlimited forwarders

Google Analytics website reporting

The technical bit (for those who like a bit of jargon)

Each new genealogy website we produce is designed to be mobile responsive, meaning it works smoothly on any device, from desktop, to laptop, tablet to smart phone. The vast majority of our websites are hand-crafted, using HTML5, CSS3, PHP7, MySQL and JQuery. We tend to use some industry standard products such as Wordpress for blogs. Any other software is coded by us in-house, ensuring it works exactly as required by you..

Our websites are hosted on high grade UK-based web servers, with secure (SSL) certificates included.

If you wish to know anything else about the tools we use, please ask, we'll be happy to discuss this with you.