Wahoo! A new release of webtrees! Let’s see what they have in store.
webtrees version 1.7.1 is now available for download. This release addresses issues realated to servers running PHP5.3 webtrees 1.7.0/1 includes new features as well as a major rewrite and modernisation of backend code. Languages:webtrees now has support for 60 languages -- a new administration option allows for easier management. There is also a new online translation server (translate.webtrees.net) which makes it even easier to contribute to translations. Mobile phone support: If you use Google webmaster tools, you may have received warnings about mobile support. We've made some changes to improve this, and have completely rewriten the administration area (now called "Control panel") to use a mobile-friendly layout. Administration: There are a few additions to the administration functions; a renumbering and merging family trees and a function to help you find duplicate records after a merge. webtrees checks for updates every 24 hours, so next time you log in to your site, you should be prompted to upgrade. An update to the robots.txt file has been made. Performance: There are a few performance enhancements. For example, we have reduced the number of database calls by fetching all family members in one operation. Themes: The theme system has been completely redesigned. Previously, if you wanted to make just a small modification, you needed to create and update an entire theme. Now, you only need to code the differences from an existing theme. So, if you simply want to change the header or some menus, that's all you need to do. Updates to the core code should be much less likely to require changes to the themes.For a complete descriptions of this release see 1.7.0/1 Change ListIMPORTANT NOTE - SERVER REQUIREMENTS Note: webtrees 1.7.x requires PHP5.3 or later. However, this will be the will be the last ones to run on PHP 5.3. If your server only supports PHP5.2, then you should install webtrees 1.4.6. Note that it is harmless to accidentally install webtrees-1.7.x on a PHP-5.2 server. You'll simply get a message telling you to re-install the appropriate version. See the wiki site for upgrade tips! (wiki.webtrees.net/en/Upgrading).
But what does it all mean?
From first glance the main upgrades have been to the admin area – now affectionately called “Control Panel”
Now, this is a huge improvement from that last version. It’s smooth, has collapsible menus and just really easy to use, navigate and change features. Here’s a view of family tree control.
As you can see, it’s much cleaner, organized and you can easily see what to click for whatever task you need to do. And of course, the always complicated “modules” now looks a bit easier to see and change as needed.
So, in short, I really like what the developers have done with webtrees. My upgrade was nearly seamless – my only complaint is not integrating with the facebook login. This was an add-on that a talented developer shared with the community and not part of webtrees. I thought it was great but I’m willing to let it go in order to upgrade. The only other add-on that I use is vytux menu which has already been upgraded to webtrees 1.7 so thanks Vytux!