Genealogy Uses

Mauer Themes Support Essentialist Genealogy Uses

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  • #1402

    realspike25
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    I’ve just been using WordPress and Essentialist for a short time, but am very pleased with both! Still learning, however, think they will do everything I want. Just wondering if anyone has thoughts on this question: Currently have a website using TNG (The Next Generation Genealogy software), which is a great product. However, in addition to genealogy I collect family stories, photos, recordings, etc. There just isn’t enough capacity in TNG to do this. Thus, WP and Essentialist with included links to Vimeo, Spark, and a NAS. There is a TNG plug-in for WP, but it DOES NOT WORK. Maybe there is a better way, like a separate TNG site linked to WP-Essentialist. I’m struggling. Anyway, thoughts/opinions/suggestions would be appreciated.

    #1405

    Paul
    Keymaster

    Hello,

    My first impression is that you may have a hard time actually drawing pedigrees in WordPress and structuring the family data. There are several pedigree-drawing plugins (e.g. this one) that may be helpful in doing that.

    Generally speaking, WordPress has not been intended for genealogy. It’s prime use is blogs, portfolio and business sites. However it may turn out that I just don’t know of such exotic uses of WordPress.

    Best,
    Paul

    #1410

    realspike25
    Participant

    Thanks, Paul. I wasn’t very clear. All of the genealogy data is in TNG and would remain there. I’m using WP as intended – blogs, stories, portfolio, etc. – but want to link/integrate TNG with WP so a visitor could view a TNG tree. There is a TNG plug-in that claims to do that, but it isn’t any good. I’m just looking for a way that visitors to my WP/Essentialist site could connect directly to my TNG program if they wish. Maybe two websites is the easiet solution. I know some businesses maintain multiple, linked sites. Just looking for ideas.

    #1413

    Paul
    Keymaster

    From what I can see, the installation and setup of the TNG plugin significantly differs from the regular WordPress plugin installation.

    Looking at this instruction, I can tell you it would require me much more time to setup the plugin and make sure I did everything right than with a regular WP plugin. So I would assume, the plugin might be working, but you did not manage to make a proper setup (I surely would not from the first attempt).

    You may also find this story of integrating WP and TNG interesting. The author has been using this very plugin.

    Regards,
    Paul

    #1414

    realspike25
    Participant

    You are right about the TNG thing. I don’t know how it even legitimately qualifies as a plugin. After 10 installs/9 uninstalls over three days I was able to make it work. (I also read the article you referenced, but he was using an earlier version of TNG and I don’t think what he did works anymore.) But “integration” as they are describing it, from what I can tell, has problems no matter how you do it. For one, it only works with a few WP themes and maybe 2 or 3 of the 15 available templates (themes) in TNG. Since TNG depends on WP, every combination produces a different result in TNG, if it even works at all. Also, any updates or changes to either program will undo everything.

    So, this point I’m thinking two linked sites rather than “integration”. It’s easy to add a “Genealogy” menu item in WP that opens TNG. I just need to determine where and how to put a “Blog” item in the TNG menu that connects back.

    Appreciate your interest and suggestions!

    #1420

    Paul
    Keymaster

    Yes, it looks kie two linked sites are a reasonable solution here.

    Thank you for using the Essentialist.

    Regards,
    Paul

    #1446

    William K
    Participant

    After much searching and testing, found instructions on the TNG Wiki titled “WP and TNG Integration with no plugins using TNG Templates”. I am able to build a WP website with the Essentialist theme, and add a “Genealogy” menu item that opens TNG while keeping the TNG Template as-is. Works very well!

    One bug is that the grey band with “© Our Family Stories. Theme by Mauer Themes” that appears at the bottom of the Essentialist theme pages displays across the middle of all TNG pages. All the other header and footer items are where they would be expected.

    Is there a way to move it where it should be?

    Thanks for any suggestions.

    #1456

    Paul
    Keymaster

    William,

    If you provide a link to your website, I can take a look at the code, and I am very likely to propose a solution for you.

    Regards,
    Paul

    #1474

    William K
    Participant

    Paul, thank you for getting back to me. I was under pressure to get content online, and ended up using another theme. (Probably, if I knew more about code I could have solved this.) As an FYI, working with the hosting service we installed WP and put TNG in a subdirectory named genealogy. I coordinated theme/template colors and fonts, and put menu items both places so a visitor can go back and forth seamlessly.

    When I have more time, I might go back and give Essentialist another try.

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