Yes, you read correctly. The webtrees open source program has a very dedicated group of developers constantly upgrading the code. I was a bit lazy and did not upgrade properly a few months ago. They now added a feature for automatic upgrades and when mine was automatically upgraded I had some issues (due to not following instructions months ago). Long story short, I reset my site and worked on it a bit.
When browsing the webtrees forums I noticed a login via facebook module. This was developed by
Matt N. a.k.a. mnoorenberghe at Github. You can find the information on the facebook add-on here. I followed instructions, automatically pre-approved all family members I could think of connect as my facebook friends, and
within hours had 3 family members logged into my website.
Now, some of you may laugh at a measly 3 family members logged into my site. However, those of you who’ve seen the rolling eyes, the avoiding family members or a subtle change in topic when talking to family know how difficult it is to engage others in the family history. A barrier to that was the somewhat complicated and non-instantaneous login structure on webtrees. With the Login-via-Facebook module you’re simply already logged into facebook and connect via webtrees software. If the admin pre-approved you there’s no waiting, you’re set to browse and edit family history information to add to your legacy!
If you’re using webtrees simply follow the instructions in the above link. Be sure when you develop the app on facebook that you only have your URL domain – for example – my site is at www.thelucidcenter.com/webtrees. Thelucidcenter.com is intended for my private counseling practice. However, in the Facebook settings I had to put thelucidcenter.com as the URL. The very next step makes it specific with thelucidcenter.com/webtrees.
Once it was set up I realized some minor settings had to be changed, namely the default blocks on new user pages. I set it up how I like it although users can change it if they please.
Ultimately I thank Matt N. for his time and effort in this module as it makes family members more likely to login to the site without hassles of requesting a username/password, waiting for approval etc. Great work sir!