Website Rules

The Individual Website and Group Website projects will entirely be created within the NHD Weebly program. The bibliography and process paper are included in the project with a home page link for access. No printed material is required.

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...the pros and cons of the NHD Web Portal.

INFORMATION - the NHD Web Site Portal is currently scheduled for access by late August or early September: students will create Web Site Category projects for local judging, and later on their sponsor/school advancing three winning projects to the Heart of Texas Regional History Day Fair.

History fair projects in the Web site category must follow the general rules which apply to all history fair entries (see pop-up box link at top-right on this page).
In addition to the general rules, Web sites must conform to all of the following specific rules:

E1. Entry Production

  • All entries must be original productions constructed using the NHD website editor, beginning at the school level:
  • You may use professional photographs, graphics, video, recorded music, etc., within the site. Such items must be integrated into the website, and credit must be given within the site and cited in the annotated bibliography.
  • You must operate all software and equipment in the development of the website.

NOTE: Using objects or content created by others for specific use in your entry violates this rule. For example, adding viewer comments or using a graphic that others produced at your request is not permitted; however, using graphics, multimedia clips, etc., that already exist is acceptable.

E2. Size Requirements

  • Website entries may contain no more than 1,200 visible, student composed words.
  • Code used to build the site and alternate text tags on images do not count toward the word limit.
  • Also excluded are words found in materials used for identifying illustrations or used to briefly credit the sources of illustrations and quotations; recurring menus, titles, and navigation instructions; required word count notifications; words within primary documents and artifacts; and the annotated bibliography and process paper, which must be integrated into the site. The process paper is limited to 500 words.
  • The entire site, including all multimedia, may use no more than 100MB of file space.

E3. Navigation

  • One page of the website must serve as the home page. The home page must include the names of participants, entry title, division, number of student-composed words in the website, number of words in the process paper, and the main menu that directs viewers to the various sections of the site. See Figure 8 (in the rule book) for an example.
  • All pages must be interconnected with hypertext links.
  • Automatic redirects are not permitted.

E4. Documents and Multimedia

  • The website may contain documents (e.g., newspaper articles, excerpts from written text, etc.), but the documents must be contained within the website.
  • The website may contain multimedia clips (audio, video, or both) that total no more than four minutes (e.g., use one four-minute clip, four one-minute clips, two two-minute clips, etc.). Included in the four minute total is any music or songs that play after a page loads.
  • You may record quotes and primary source materials for dramatic effect, but you may not narrate your own compositions or other explanatory material.
  • If you use any form of multimedia that requires a specific software to view (e.g., Flash, QuickTime, Real Player, etc.), you must provide on the same page a link to an Internet site where the software is available as a free, secure, and legal download.
  • You may not use embedded material or link to external websites, other than described in the preceding bullet.
  • Judges will make every effort to view all multimedia content, but files that cannot be viewed cannot be evaluated as part of the entry.

E5. Crediting Sources

  • All quotes from written sources must be credited within the website.
  • All visual sources (photographs, videos, paintings, charts, and graphs) must be credited within the website. See Figure 9 (in the rule book) for an example.
  • Brief, factual credits do not count toward the student-composed word total. See Figure 6 (in the rule book) for an example.
  • All sources must be properly cited in the annotated bibliography.

E6. Required Written Material

  • The annotated bibliography and process paper must be included as an integrated part of the website. They should be included in the navigational structure. They do not count toward the 1,200-word limit. Refer to Part III (Genreal Rules), Rules 16-18, for citation and style information.

E7. Stable Content

  • The content and appearance of a page cannot change when the page is refreshed in the browser. Random text or image generators are not allowed.

E8. Viewing Files

  • The pages that comprise the site must be viewable in a recent version of a standard web browser (e.g., Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome).
  • You are responsible for ensuring that your entry is viewable in multiple web browsers.
  • Entries may not link to live or external sites, except to direct viewers to software plug-ins, per Rule E4.

E9. Submitting Entries for Judging

  • You must submit the URL for the site in advance by the established deadline, after which you will be blocked from editing your site to allow for judging.
  • Because all required written materials from Part III (General Rules), Rule 13, are integrated into the site, NO printed copies are required.
  • For access to the NHD website editor and up-to-date submission procedures, please visit

HOTRHF NOTE: Submitting an entry for judging is done at the same time the on-line registration takes place. When the "CATEGORY" is selected for the project an additional field will appear that requests the 8-digit URL code. Enter ONLY the 8-digits, the program automatically adds the rest of the URL.
- Once online registration completed and SAVED, then mail or drop off at the HOTRHF office your entry fee of $6.00 per student (NOT entry) by deadline date
- NO PRINTED material required - process paper and bibliography will appear inside the Web Site project.
Judging of web sites begins immediately after the deadline date
For more information, see

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HOW TO FIND THE NHD Web Site Portal: The NHD Web Portal found by going to (National History Day)
OR go to the National History Day home page at( to find the Weebly Web Site Portal.

HOTRHF NOTE: When the student enters the portal they will be asked various questions to set up their Web Site account. Included in the questions is whether it is allowed "to be published." The answer is YES and applies only to the National History Day portal program. This is an exception to the NHD rule E8 statement "Entries may not link to live or external sites, except to direct viewers to plug-ins."

MANDATORY you must create a project using the NHD Portal(National History Day)
The Web Sites Category requires an 8-digit URL to be submitted with your on-line entry when you declare your �Web Site CATEGORY� at the time of on-line registration. It should look like this (8-number digits will change to your personal URL). If your URL does not look like this CALL THIS OFFICE � you may be in the wrong Web Site program!
The Web Site Editor program has an automatic 100MB cap. Once this cap is reached you cannot add any additional material. However, existing material can be removed and more preferred material can now be placed in your Web site.

IMPORTANT HOTRHF NOTE: Web Site projects now have a "PASSWORD PROTECT" option. DO NOT LOCK your Password. DO NOT USE the Password Protect option. This option locks out the judges.

PROS and CONS of the NHD Web Portal Web Site Editor program
This program will be:

-opened by you - GROUPS....OPEN ONLY ONE (1) project port and SHARE the SAME URL. This is FREE of cost.
-once you open your port account, give your teacher your access codes.
-this account will be available for your use to improve your project throughout the entire fair year and for all levels of competition FREE of cost to the student.
-features an automatic "stop" when you reach your maximum allowed 100 MB. Once this cap is reached you can take out information and replace it with more preferred information.
-allows your school judges to enter this program to judge your projects FREE of cost.
-provides for top three winning entries to be electronically advanced, FREE of cost, from the school to the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair that takes place on February 10 and 11.
-permits projects that advance beyond regional to remain in the NHD Web Site program exactly as you created them.

Drawbacks of this program are:
-it is NOT compatible with other stand alone Web Site creation programs like Firefox, Safari, etc.
-you CANNOT use other programs to create your Web Site - contents corrupt when an import is initiated and you will lose substantial data causing you to have to rebuild your Web site.
-This NHD Web Portal is scheduled for student access in late August or early September to begin creating projects - (National History Day) will be the National History Day link.
NOTE: Students, CAUTION should be used giving out your URL access code. It is recommended you give your URL only to your teacher, any group members, when developing a group Web Site, and any outside help assistance according to "allowed help" in NHD rules.
-you will NOT be able to edit your project once the entry deadline date is reached or when your school/region/state/ or NHD are judging.
-National History Day has been working on an option for exporting your Web Site to an outside location or disk. HOTRHF does not know at this time if this option has become available.


HOTRHF Note: Rules listed on this website have been updated for 2015.