The webtrees team
The success of webtrees is of course due entirely to the great team of people working on it. Here, in no particular order, we introduce you to just a few of the team members currently involved as developers, testers, and translators. As you can see from this map, we are a very wide-spread group!
Timezone: GMT +0
Position: Team leader
Before starting webtrees, I was leader of the PhpGedView project, and have a long history of running open-source projects.
I've been writing software pretty much full-time since I saved up my paper-round money to buy a ZX80 kit and a soldering iron, some 30 years ago. Currently I earn my living writing Oracle/C/C++ applications in the energy metering and management industry. When I'm not sat in front of a keyboard, I'm keen on scuba-diving, particularly mixed-gas, wreck and cave diving. Here's a write-up of one of my favorite trips. I'm the one in the middle with the yellow regulator hose. When the weather's nice, I like to ride my motorcycle, and as soon as my achilles tendon recovers, I'll be back fell-running (training for the Bob Graham Round) and road-racing (targeting a 2:40 marathon).
Location: New Zealand
Timezone: GMT +11
Position: Managing webtrees.net, and occasional development
Before joining webtrees I had been helping out at the PhpGedView project for about 4 years, and developed my own highly customised PGV site.
I have absolutely zero training in computer languages, but have picked up quite a bit over the 30 or so years I've been using computers. That has enabled me to become moderately proficient at php, html and css at least.
I run my own management consulting business (Solution Associates Ltd) here in New Zealand, specialising in the health sector, so working on hobbies like genealogy and webtrees is a welcome change. I'm looking forward to being part of webtrees for a long time, and seeing it become THE greatest web-based genealogy software quite soon.
Timezone: GMT -6
Position: webtrees developer, colors theme, style issues
Before joining webtrees I was maintaining the colors theme for use on PhpGedView. Now with webtrees I focus on presentation related issues while maintains the colors and clouds themes.
Much of my career was in pre/post sales technology support for Control Data for 25 years. Since then I have done consulting stine for IBM and am now an Enterprise Architect for a top 5 bank in the U.S.
Timezone: GMT -6
Position: webtrees testing and assisting with interface and feature development
AKA: ToyGuy, OKBigKid
For 6 years prior to joining the webtrees project I was assisting at PhpGedView with code, navigation testing and suggesting several feature enhancements.
I have little formal computer training, but got my first Mac 128k machine in 1984 and have taken courses in network management (Netware engineer) and C++ programming. I’ve picked up a bit here and there since my exposure to one of the first Internet computers at UC Santa Barbara in 1969, and I’m now learning PHP and CSS.
For the last 24 years, I owned my own online and bricks-n-mortar toy stores, Only Kids and Only Toys. I wrote much of the code, launched and host our e-com toy web site, http://OnlyTOYS.com. I have now begun work as a licensed private investigator and I find my genealogy skills quite useful. Researching family history via genealogy programs is a welcome distraction. I am greatly enjoying being part of webtrees effort, striving to assist in making it the most highly productive and stable tool for all other genealogists.
Timezone: GMT +0
Brian, one of the founding members of the webtrees team, and a long-time supporter of PGV before, sadly died on 26 August 2012.
His contributions included the GoogleMaps™, Census-Assistant, and Lightbox modules. He was always cheerful and helpful. His last posts on the forum were offers to help others, and he worked on webtrees until he was too ill to continue. Tributes from many people can be read at Brian Holland
Timezone: GMT +1
Position: Developer and translator (Polish )
Until joining webtrees I had been developing and translating PGV for about 3 years. I'm still supporting Polish PGV users. Probably the youngest developer of webtrees.
Timezone: GMT -5
Position: Support, translation
My computer knowledge is tiny compared to the other team members. I learned on my own some basics but never thoroughly, struggling most of the time.
I used PhpGedView for a Family Association database and my personal genealogy, and I managed a genealogy forum for two years. I have volunteered for the Association of Louis Tetreau's descendants since 2002. I started to do genealogy in 2000 and I retired from work at fall 2009. Since that time, my hobby became my work. I am now learning webtrees and I am very enthousiastic about it. Besides that, I create websites for friends and Family Association using Joomla!
My contribution to webtrees is in French translations for the product, for the forums, the WIKI and the general webtrees.net pages.
Location: Indiana, USA
Timezone: GMT -5
Position: Testing, translation (specialty: Spanish)
Software engineer for decades, started my own genealogy program but abandoned it when I found that PhpGedView/webtrees met all of my requirements and most of my wishes. But due to events in “the real world,” haven't had the time to offer any significant contribution to project code.
[Note from kiwi: Not quite true; Wes' contribution HAS been significant, both in the level of testing, the amount of translation work done and general debate on the use of languages in general.]
Timezone: GMT +1
Position: Translation (Italian) plus some programming
My interest in genealogy has lasted for many years; I've been using off-line genealogy applications, then I wanted to switch to a good online tool. About 6 months ago I dropped a note in PGV forum about my availability to help translating it into Italian, and Greg contacted me about webtrees... And here I am. I contributed to webtrees with translation, some debugging, some discussions and a little part of webtrees code.
Timezone: GMT +2
Position: Translation (Finnish)
Education/work: Information Systems Technology since early seventies, covering most of what one could do in an IT organisation and IT development areas.
Helping in translating and hoping to soon contribute to software testing & development.
Using Linux based systems to run webtrees (and PhpGedView).
Location: California, USA
Timezone: GMT -8
I was a developer with PhpGedView before joining the webtrees team, my primary contribution was the Media Firewall.
I manage a large website and collaborative environment in a multi-national company during the day; I enjoy the work but I don't get to do much development. This is my chance to write actual code.
Timezone: GMT +1
Position: Development, design and translation (German)
Before joining webtrees I was a heavy user of PhpGedView since 2004 and also in the developer team for years.
I'm working for a large consulting and system integration company in Europe as project manager in different web topics.
I started running a site dedicated to regional genealogy in 1995 with a dynamic family tree based on the outstanding Lifelines software. Currently I'm running the site based on Joomla! CMS integrated with webtrees with about 130k individuals and about 1000 registered users with editing rights.
webtrees is the web's leading on-line collaborative genealogy application. It is open source software, and costs $ zero - yes, that means totally FREE!
All you need to use it is a website with PHP and MySQL installed.
It works from standard GEDCOM files, and is therefore compatible with every major desktop application; and it aims to be efficient and effective by using the right combination of third-party tools, design techniques and open standards.
Transferring from PhpGedView
Moving all your important data and configuration settings from an existing PhpGedView ("PGV") setup to webtrees is a quick and painless process.
webtrees has an easy-to-use "wizard" to transfer most of your information, assuming your PGV install meets certain requirements.
See our WIKI page for further details and the few exceptions.
So why not give webtrees a try? There is nothing to lose and a lot to be gained!
1.5.1 and 1.4.5 released 01 Dec 2013
webtrees version 1.5.1 is now available for download. This release contains fixes for 35 reported bugs and one new feature - an online upgrade utility. If your server has the necessary permissions, this could be the last time you need to upload a new version. Many of the fixes in 1.5.1 have been backported to a new 1.4.5 release.
IMPORTANT NOTE - SECURITY VULNERABILITY
It has been discovered that webtrees versions 1.4.3 and earlier are vulnerable to a type of attack known as "cross-site request forgery". If you are logged into your own site, and you then visit a malicious website controlled by an attacker, the attacker will be able to perform certain actions on your behalf. These include: creating user accounts, uploading media, changing content, etc.
You are therefore strongly advised to upgrade as soon as possible.
IMPORTANT NOTE - SERVER REQUIREMENTS
Until now, webtrees has required PHP-5.2 or later. However, PHP-5.2 is obsolete and has not received security patches for nearly three years. It also prevents webtrees from using a number of standard PHP libraries, as these are increasingly requiring PHP-5.3. Therefore this and future versions of webtrees will also require PHP-5.3.
If your server still runs PHP-5.2, then you cannot install webtrees 1.5.1. Instead, you should install version 1.4.5. This contains the security patches plus a small number of bug fixes. I'll continue to provide security/critical fixes for the 1.4 branch.
Note that it is harmless to accidentally install webtrees-1.5.1 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).
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