Custom Counters Mod

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Ambox notice.png The latest version of this mod uses the guidelines for TNG v12+ cust_text.php files. If you are using TNGv12+, and any cust_text.php file in this mod is marked with a Bad Target error, you need to update your cust_text.php files before you can install this mod. [Show instructions]

If you upgraded to TNGv12+, and did not update your cust_text.php files as instructed in the upgrade readme script, then you must use the TNG Mod Manager to update them. To do so:

  1. Go to Mod Manager, and select its "Recommended Updates" tab.
    (If the "Recommended Updates" tab is not visible, then go to the Mod Manager Options tab, select "Display Settings", and turn on the "Recommended Updates" tab.)
  2. Click the "Update" button in the "Recommended Updates" tab.
    Installed mods do not interfere with the update, and if you already have (or think you may have) run this update, it will not hurt for you to run it again.

[See details in the TNGv12 Change Impacts Article][Hide the instructions]

TNG 13.0
TNG 12.0

Custom Counters Mod
Summary Displays a selectable range of counters on the horizontal menu bar.
Validation The mod is XHTML compliant.Valid-xhtml10.png
Mod Updated 4 May 2020
Download link Counters Mod v12.0.0.1
TNG 12.0

TNG 10.1.0
Counters Mod v10.1.0.0

TNG 10.0
Counters Mod v10.0.0.1

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Author(s) Roger Mitchell
Brent Hemphill
Homepage Custom Counters Mod (This page)
Mod Support TNG Community Forums
Contact Developer
Latest Mod
Min TNG V Not tested on pre 10 versions of TNG
Max TNG V 12.3
Files modified
Related Mods


This mod was developed to enable the display of a selectable set of counters on the horizontal menu row (see clip below). They include:

  • Total number of individuals in your database.
  • Date of latest update to a person in your database.
  • Total number of photos available on your site.
  • Total number of media items available on your site.
  • A link to 'Bookmarks' and a counter if Bart's Persistent Bookmarks mod is installed.


This is how the installed mod looks with all the available counters enabled. (Customized template 12.)

Counters Mod

To see this mod live, go to my website.


  • If your site visitor is logged in and has an entry in the database, clicking on the people group icon will take the user directly to their own page. If they are not logged in, they will be taken to your 'surnames' page.
  • Hovering over any of the counters shows a tool-tip of what the counter is displaying.
  • Clicking on the calendar icon will take the visitor directly to your 'What's New' page.
  • Clicking on the camera icon will take the visitor directly to your 'photos' page.
  • Clicking on the folder icon will take the visitor directly to the 'all media' page.
  • Clicking on the star icon will take the visitor to your 'bookmarks' page, but if you have installed the Persistent Bookmarks mod, a counter will indicate how many bookmarks have been saved by the currently logged-in user. If the visitor is not logged in, the counter will not be shown.

How to use

To enable or disable any counter, go to Admin | Mods and use the "Edit" facility in the Mod Manager.


Roger Mitchell with some coding help from Ulf Klinteberg. Minor updates by Brent Hemphill


  • A working TNG installation.
  • An installed current version of the Mod Manager

Automated Installation

  1. Download the zip file from the download links in the mod summary area in the upper right.
  2. Extract the contents of the zip file into your mods folder and upload to your site.
  3. Follow the normal automated installation for Mod Manager, as shown in the example Mod Manager - Installing Config Files to install the chosen cfg file.
  4. Use the mod "Edit" function to enable or disable the counters you want to use. All available counters are enabled by default.

Custom Text Additions

Only English and English-UTF8 text variables are supplied with the mod. To use other languages, it will be necessary for your own translations to be added to the relevant language folders in your cust_text.php files.


The following custom text entries need to be created in your language, if you use languages other than English.

// Inserted by Counters Mod
$text['totalindividuals'] = "Total Individuals";
$text['totalmedia'] = "Total Media Items";
$text['totalphotos'] = "Total Photos";
$text['yourbookmarks'] = "Your Bookmarks";
$text['mypage'] = "Click for 'Your' Page";
$text['cwhatsnew'] = "Date of the latest person update. Click the calendar icon (left) to see what's new";
$text['cwhatsnewicon'] = "Click here to see what's new";

In the event of a problem with your TNG site

  1. Try using the Mod Manager Remove capability, or
  2. Restore backup copies of: genlib.php; genstyle.css; languages/English/cust_text.php; languages/English-UTF8/cust_text.php. Delete counters.php from your extensions folder and delete the mods/counters folder.

Revision History

Version Date Contents
v10.0.0.0 29 May 2014 Initial release
v10.0.0.1 01 June 2014
  • Fixed a problem with paths reported by some users.
  • Added the ability to select a single page script to NOT show counters on.
  • Minor simplification of SQL queries.
v10.1.0.0 12 January 2015

Upgraded for use with TNG 10.1.

v12.0.0.1 4 May 2020

Updated for TNG 12 language locations. Also fixed some PHP notices.

TNG User sites using this mod

If you download and install this mod, please add your TNG sites to the table below

URL User Note Mod-Version TNG-Version User-language
Mitchell Families Online Roger Mitchell Mod developer V10.0.0.1 & 10.0.3 & 10.1.0 beta 3 EN
Hooley Family Links Rick Hooley Public/Private See Here See Here EN
My family Oname.gif monochrome version see here D,(NL),(GB)
Brady Family Tree in Western Australia Darryl Brady Public site 11.0.1 EN, DE
Quigley Doyle Family Tree Don Quigley Public Site 11.0.0 EN
Adler-Wien Herbert Fischer Public site (modified) 11.0.0 DE,(EN)
The Dutton's of Vermont Darrin Dutton Public site (modified) 11.0.1 (EN)
Lloyd & Lucas - A Merging of Interests Chris Lloyd Public site 12.0.1 (EN)
Auf den Spuren meiner Vorfahren UHaase Public/Private 12.2 DE,EN