A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids are supposed to be 13 to join the site and agree to its terms and conditions. Got younger kids? Set up the site on their behalf and give them the member password (or better yet, surf with them!). Macintosh users are cautioned that the site runs slowly using Mozilla. Check the FAQ for more hints on how to speed up the site when using a Mac.
Is It Any Good?
Although Famster is easy to use, it does require some time to set up. You need to register in order to build your own Famster, then set your administrator password (different from the member password) and decide on your security and safety parameters. This could be a good time to gather the kids around and decide what to offer on your family site and which of those features should be public and which will be for "members only."
Although the site offers a nice selection of components, it's not without its flaws. For instance, you can't add "alt tags" to the photos -- something that's needed to make your family site compliant with accessibility standards. You also can't see or adjust the raw HTML either, but most users won't care.
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