If you need to upgrade your PGV installation, then hopefully you will also consider that you can conveniently move to webtrees with our PGV-to-webtrees wizard. It will move ALL your users, news, favorites and family trees to webtrees in a matter of minutes.

TOPIC: PGV-to-webtrees transfer wizard

PGV-to-webtrees transfer wizard 8 years 7 months ago #1

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The following can also be found at wiki.webtrees.net/Converting_from_PhpGedView and in the ReadMe file included with every download of webtrees.

If you are moving to webtrees from an existing PhpGedView ("PGV") setup, and your PGV install meets certain requirements, webtrees has provided a "wizard" to help make the transfer of the majority of your data a relatively quick and painless operation. See exceptions noted below. Please note that we have designed this wizard so as to not disturb your existing PGV installation, leaving all those settings, data and your website intact and fully functional.

The requirements are:
  • The PGV database and index directory must be on the same server as '''webtrees''';
  • Your webtrees MySQL database username and password must either be the same as your PGV username and password, or if you created a new user for webtrees, that new user must also have full privileges to access your PGV database;
  • PGV must be version 4.2.3 or 4.2.4 (this corresponds to an internal "PGV_SCHEMA_VERSION" of between 10 and 14). Newer versions, including SVN versions will probably work too, provided the data structures haven't changed);
  • All changes in PGV must be accepted (as pending edits will not be transfered);
  • All existing PGV users must have an email address, and it must be unique to that user (PGV allows users to delete their email address, or have the same email address as other users; webtrees requires that all users have their own unique email address)
Important Note: This transfer wizard is not able to assist with moving media items. You will need to set up and move or copy your media configuration and objects separately after the transfer wizard is finished. If you use the media firewall in PGV and a directory outside of PGV, then duplicating the media configuration in webtrees media folder, and setting the media firewall directory to your PGV folder will make your media available to webtrees.

After the transfer is complete, you should check your GEDCOM configuration and privacy settings. Due to differences in internal data formats, the following settings are not yet transferred: custom privacy restrictions, block configuration, FAQs and HTML blocks. We hope to add these to the wizard in a future release.

The transfer wizard is accessed in webtrees from the bottom of the "Manage GEDCOMs" page to which you will be automatically directed once you have completed the initial webtrees installation steps. This option is only available on a new, empty webtrees installation; once you have created a GEDCOM (family tree) or added user accounts, it will no longer be available.


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