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My Experience with TNG- running it now
Posted by: Debbie Harper (ID *****4154) Date: June 26, 2012 at 12:09:04
In Reply to: The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding by Alice Keel Crim of 5912

I have a Smiths DNA project and had all the trees on a forum. As you might imagine, and with the project growing, having trees in forum or any type of static text, for that matter, was not the best anymore. Quite by accident I ran across The Next Generation. The features I liked about it were that I could assign permissions per person or DNA group to a *branch*-others without that permission can *suggest* changes but can't edit or add information. Perfect as that leaves the decision about what to change with the person whose tree it is. IN other words, TNG is designed for collaboration between people without others being able to willy nilly change info. It also takes the co-admins of this project out of the loop of needing to fix mistakes or add people FOR other participants.
Second reason is that it has some wonderful trees and charts that are created on the fly, allows for photo, document uploads, etc. Third reason is that you can also make custom codes to put with a record. I"m putting, for example, the DNA kit # with the record and the matched group, if there is one.

Now, I have to differ with another person who said you can't use Front Page (now Expression Web) with this. Yes, you can. There are 2 main components for TNG. A website you can get to and a database you can use. The database must be mySQL and the webserver must have PHP support. I use Expression Web (and FrontPage works as well) as my way to manage the site, including easily putting up files or editing them, such as style sheets (I am not a fan of FTP). The database details are handled by TNG; pretty easy to install and create tables, but if you want to alter style sheets, etc, you need access to a web server, and Expression Web is great for that.

Here is the site I have up -
Now, the DNA information is NOT on TNG. It is also on SQL and database driven but TNG is not a DNA program. I merely have links to people's DNA kits, etc FROM TNG, and links BACK FROM the DNA info TO TNG.

Anyway, it's been about 3 weeks since I purchased it, and the programmer who owns it, Darrin, has been great in helping resolve issues and answer questions.

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