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Canadian Cousin
08-01-08, 19:08
I was wondering if anyone has experience with a program called TNG - The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (http://lythgoes.net/genealogy/software.php). Despite the rather awkward name, I’ve looked at a few sites that use this software, and have been very impressed.*

Rather than creating and storing a lot of individual Web pages, TNG produces them ‘on the fly’ using data from a GEDCOM file, as well as from any photos, videos, text files, etc…that you specify. There’s also a feature that pulls up a Google Map for your locations. One of the advantages to this approach is that you don’t need to build new pages or edit old ones when your research turns up new information – just upload an updated GEDCOM.

My main concern is that whatever provider you use to host your site has to have PHP (a scripting language) and MySQL (a database). According to the TNG Web site, you don’t need to know anything about PHP or MySQL, but “anything you do know will be a bonus.” Perhaps if someone on here has used this before, they could let me know how much technical know-how is required.

The company that produces TNG seems like a one-person operation, but that isn’t always a bad thing, and the price (US$29) is certainly quite reasonable. Again, any first-hand reports about technical support, etc... would be much appreciated.

Thanks –

Tim

* I should clarify that I’m impressed with the layout and presentation of the TNG sites I’ve looked at, if not always with their content. The demonstration on the company site includes a lot of ‘submitted’ LDS entries with ancestry going back to Adam and Eve, and some of the User Sites seem equally questionable. It’s like the acronym GIGO – garbage in, garbage out – not something that FTF members need to worry about :D .

Caroline
08-01-08, 19:13
I use it and so does Dark Secretz. I found it very straight forward to install and use and although I had a little knowledge of HTML that was about it - I signed up with Simply Hosting but didn't need their help as it was so easy to install and get it up and running. I did fiddle around with it to make my own front page and changed the style but otherwise didn't need to do anything else.

The link to my site is in my signature.

:)

Darksecretz
08-01-08, 19:18
Tim,

Darin's package really does suit the way I want things to look. I'm not very technical, but am learning little bits here and there.

My site is also TNG as Caroline says, and is also in my signature :)

the added bonus of course is that any minor bug fixes/upgrades are FREE I have just updated to the newest version, and am well chuffed with the results

WendyPusey
08-01-08, 19:27
We are in the process of migrating my Family Tree to it. Dave is the one who has the knowledge so I have left the technicalities to him.

I like the layout very much.

Canadian Cousin
08-01-08, 19:32
Thanks Caroline and Julie. I had looked at the TNG Support Forums (http://www.tngforum.us/) and some of the information seemed a bit technical. I'm somewhat familiar with HTML coding, but know nothing about PHP or SQL.

Given that there are least two people here who are using TNG, I feel a bit more confident about trying it.

Thanks again -

Tim

Canadian Cousin
08-01-08, 19:35
Thanks to you as well, Wendy. The layouts are good aren't they?

Tim

Caroline
08-01-08, 19:35
Thanks Caroline and Julie. I had looked at the TNG Support Forums (http://www.tngforum.us/) and some of the information seemed a bit technical. I'm somewhat familiar with HTML coding, but know nothing about PHP or SQL.

Given that there are least two people here who are using TNG, I feel a bit more confident about trying it.

Thanks again -

Tim

You don't need to know anything about php as it will work "out of the box" but if you know a bit you can play around with it - having Dreamweaver was a great help as I worked out what each bit was doing.