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Veronica McNatt
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Can anyone tell me if I have multiple webmasters publishing changes & additions to our family tree, if we will loose information if our files don't match exactly before we make additions or changes?
Veronica McNatt
Frazier Park, CA
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RE: Multiple Webmasters
Rhianna W
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Hi Veronica,

I assume you are referring to your family tree...

The last person to publish is the one whose changes will be reflected on your site.

If you would like to allow others to add to your family tree, the best way to do so is to Export a Package (under 'File' -> 'Manage Projects') in your Family Tree Builder software and then send the family tree by email.

Let your relative add what he/she would like to add and then email it back to you. That way you will have the information they have added saved on your computer as well as being able to publish without losing information.

Another option is to have more than one family tree on your website so that each webmaster can update his own version.

Rhianna W
Tel Aviv, Israel
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RE: Multiple Webmasters [2]
Malachi de AElfweald
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I have to say, I don't really like this solution.

Different branches of our family have been keeping track of their own information until now.  Each of them have info on hundreds or thousands of people that the others may or may not have in theirs.  There *really* needs to be an easy way to allow multiple people to work on these AT THE SAME TIME.  Currently, it looks like I have to (unless I use a competitors website) have them give me all the notebooks and do all the data entry myself -- because I can't have one person wait on the others to finish.

One possible way (used by most other sites) is to let people edit information directly on the website.  When you go to use Family Tree Maker, it then should sync up with the website before letting you do any more edits. 

Or store the project files on the website and allow multiple webmasters to use that project file.  IE: Remote HOSTED project files instead of local project files. This idea is closest to the email-idea that you presented.  Whenever you hit save, it updates the remote file.  At some regular interval, it checks whether the online project file has changed and asks if you would like to update.  This is probably the easiest solution with the current code base.

Another possible way would be for Family Tree Maker to have bidirectional updates while in use instead of a very slow publish at the very end. 

Another possible solution would be to try to mimic how Google Docs & Spreadsheets work -- they allow people to not only work on the same files at the same time, but to collaborate interactively.  This one is probably the most difficult based on the current code base.

Malachi de AElfweald
Aloha, OR
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RE: Multiple Webmasters [3]
Malachi de AElfweald
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Any updates on this?
Malachi de AElfweald
Aloha, OR
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RE: Multiple Webmasters [3]
Veronica McNatt
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One possible way (used by most other sites) is to let people edit information directly on the website.  When you go to use Family Tree Maker, it then should sync up with the website before letting you do any more edits. 

Or store the project files on the website and allow multiple webmasters to use that project file.  IE: Remote HOSTED project files instead of local project files. This idea is closest to the email-idea that you presented.  Whenever you hit save, it updates the remote file.  At some regular interval, it checks whether the online project file has changed and asks if you would like to update.  This is probably the easiest solution with the current code base.

I assume this is just the preferred way to do it, but not actually an option with this particular website & software, correct?  If I am wrong in this assumption, would you mind walking me through the procedure? I am new & still trying to learn all this. If it's not possible then thanks for the info & I will keep my eyes open for that option.

Veronica McNatt
Frazier Park, CA
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RE: Multiple Webmasters [4]
Malachi de AElfweald
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Yes, I was agreeing with what you needed and suggesting to MyHeritage how it could be accomplished (trying to be a bit proactive). I too have need for multiple people to edit the data, and do not feel the current mechanisms are a very good approach to doing it (emailing it back and forth and waiting until one person gets done before anyone else can change anything)...
Malachi de AElfweald
Aloha, OR
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