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    • Darrin Lythgoe
      By Darrin Lythgoe in TNG News 0
      With TNG 13 being released today (Sep. 21, 2020), I thought I’d take a minute to go over some of the things to watch out for while you’re upgrading your site. All of these apply no matter which version you’re installing.
      Install the upgrade, not the full version. When you get to the v13 downloads page, the first link near the top will be for brand new TNG users. What you want is a little further down in the Updates section. Also take note that a new version of the full version readme.html file will be included with your upgrade, but the installation instructions for the upgrade will be in a different file. The name of that file will be listed next to the download link. For example, if you’re coming from version 12, the file will be called readme12x-13x.html or readme123-13x.html. If you accidentally open readme.html, it should warn you that you’re about to install the full version. If you see that, go back! Installing the full version on top of an existing install will cause you to lose your data and your customizations. Make sure you choose the right upgrade. Before you begin, go to your TNG Admin menu and look at the top of the screen. It should say there what your current version is. Anything that starts with “12” (like 12.0.1 or 12.1.1) counts as “12.x”. You will see links for several different upgrades on the v13 downloads page. Be sure to get the one most appropriate for your currently installed version. If you have v11 but you install the upgrade for users with 12.x, you will likely notice errors when you’re done. Don’t forget the backup. At the top of the instructions, you’re advised to back up your key files (mainly the configuration files, like config.php, pedconfig.php, etc., but also any others that you may have customized). If you do make a mistake at some point, having a backup can save you a lot of headaches. Once the upgrade is finished and everything is running smoothly, back up your tables again. Remember to view the upgrade readme from your browser, not your home computer. One of the first steps is to upload the files to your site. After that, you need to load the instructions again from your site. In other words, if your site is www.mysite.com and you’re upgrading from 12.0.1, open your web browser and go to http://www.mysite.com/readme12x-13x.html from there. If you continue with the local copy you opened immediately after downloading, some of the later steps won’t work. Don’t skip any steps. A lot of people think they just have to upload the files, but there’s a little more to it than that. The step most people still skip is the one relating to database structure changes (if you see a bunch of database query errors after installing the upgrade, this is probably what you did). There’s usually just a simple link you have to click. Doing that will open another page that runs through a list of database updates. Depending on the version you had previously, some of the items may say “Failed or done previously”. Don’t be alarmed if you see some of those. Update your template. For most people, this should be simple. If you’ve never tinkered with the HTML or PHP in your template files, just upload the entire “templates” folder from the upgrade and that’s it. If you have made any customizations (not the Template Settings or the mytngstyle.css style sheets) and you want to keep those , then you’ll probably want to merge your changes in with the latest files. Some of the new features may not work unless you’re using the latest template files. Clear your browser cache. Once you’re done, go into your browser settings or preferences and clear the cache (or “temporary Internet files”). Until you do that, your browser might decide to hang on to some of the old pages, and that could present a conflict. Some features might not work. The instructions for clearing the cache vary from one browser to another, so do a Google search on this if you’re not sure how to do it. If you still have issues and you think you may have botched the instructions, feel free to ask for help from me or the user list (tngusers2). If you think you might have found a program bug, please contact me directly (darrin@lythgoes.net).
      Despite the possible pitfalls described here, the upgrade process should be fairly easy. If you’re still sure you won’t be able to do the upgrade yourself, there are other options though. Simply Hosting no longer does upgrades, but I can do it for an extra $15, and others could be hired as well. I might be swamped at first if too many people request this, so please be patient.

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    • Darrin Lythgoe
      By Darrin Lythgoe in TNG News 0
      TNG 13 is just around the corner! This major upgrade includes more than 100 enhancements, fixes and new features. Here’s a quick summary of the most significant changes:
      New Templates: Two new templates have been added, and more third-party templates are also available for purchase at Genealogy Web Templates. One of the two was contributed by Marsha at GWT. Media Enhancements: Many improvements and small changes have been made to the way TNG handles photos and other media. These include a more advanced method of image tagging, being able to embed PDFs and text files in the public pages, and the ability to geocode individual headstones within a cemetery. New and Improved Charts: A vertical descendants chart provides a different way to look at your data, and some of existing charts now allow dragging to easily manipulate the display. Admin Usability Upgrades: TNG’s admin area now has improved sorting and save options. Event listings are more streamlined, and the old HTML frameset environment has been replaced with a more robust infrastructure that preserves the original functionality. PHP Compatibility: Pro-active changes will make sure TNG remains compatible with the latest versions of PHP and MySQL. You will be able to get the upgrade at a discount by going back to your previous downloads page after the release is officially announced. If you’ve lost the URL or access info, send me a message at darrin@lythgoes.net and I’ll send it to you again. If you purchased TNG 12 or the v12 upgrade at any time in the six months prior to the upgrade release date, you’ll be eligible to get the upgrade for free. Information on that will be sent out to those affected.

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    • Darrin Lythgoe
      By Darrin Lythgoe in TNG News 0
      For the tenth year in a row, TNG is a winner of the GenSoftReviews Users Choice Award! Thanks to all who contributed!
      Awards are presented to all programs achieving a 4.00 or more star rating
      based on 10 or more total user reviews, with at least one review in the qualifying year. TNG has 158 total reviews (10 in 2018), and has an average rating of 4.83 stars. That’s good enough for 5th best among 287 different programs that received at least one review!
      More information on the awards can be found at GenSoftReviews (full rankings at http://www.gensoftreviews.com/rankings.php). All GenSoftReviews for TNG are posted at http://www.gensoftreviews.com/?p=825.

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    • Michel KIRSCH
      Il faut donc juste un SQL. Quelle est la liste exacte des lieux à modifier? So all you need is an SQL. What is the exact list of places to modify? Michel
    • fluffy82
      Hi @Robin Richmond To avoid having to rebuild my branches every single upload (which takes about 20 hours in total, during which time my site is unuseable...), I wanted to try and use your Admin Branches Queue mod to see if that makes life easier (if I understand correctly, it also rebuilds the branches to add new people, but it does so in the background in stead of having to wait around for them to finish). I'm having some trouble understanding how it works... I started out with an empty branchlinks table. I selected my 5 branches one by one, and clicked on "add". The action "add" was started and finished at 10:02 this morning, the action "queued" seems to have started at 10:06, but hasn't finished yet (?). Here's the weird thing... when I select "Count labels in each branch" on the mod's tab, it shows a number of persons that seems to be correct when I'm on the usual branches tab, it says no people/families in the branches when I look at my SQL tables, the branchlinks table is empty when I'm on my website, the branches show as they should (not all show, but I suppose that's because it's still processing) Could you explain how the mod works? I've read all the information on the Wiki but that doesn't really explain why the branchlinks table is empty and the numbers on the different tabs are not the same. Regards,
      Tom
    • fluffy82
      As Brent said, utf8mb4 has been around for a decade, and actually is standard in WordPress since WP4.4 (2015). I never took any notice before as I didn't need to, but apparently all my website's tables are in utf8mb4, except the TNG ones. Maybe something Darrin would want to look into for a future release.
    • fluffy82
      That did the trick! Thanks, Brent. You're a star.
    • bhemph
      Tom,
           You need to change line 11 of tngconnect.php to utf8mb4 from utf8 in order to use the additional characters.  I just changed my name to 𐎭𐎠𐎼𐎹𐎺𐎢𐏁 (Darius in cuneiform) as a test and that change let it work.  Since utf8mb4 has been out for 10 years due to it being in MySql 5.5 on release, I knew it had to be a setting hidden somewhere.

      Brent
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