Installing TNG V8 as UTF-8

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This article provides a brief visual synopsis of how to install TNG as UTF-8 in TNG V8.

Not all steps in the installation process are necessarily covered, but those portions required to run your TNG site with UTF-8 encoding are signaled out so that you can successfully setup your TNG Site as a UTF-8 site.

UTF-8 is required by Joomla 1.5 and will be required by the TNG Component that integrates Joomla and TNG.

You should read the Database - Creating article on how to create your database with UTF-8 collation sequence and how to determine your TNG database connection parameters.


Express Install

TNG V8 Express Install, Step 5 Choose your language and character set allows you to

  • choose a different:Language folder
  • which will set the appropriate Character Set

for your site. So if you are using UTF-8, you should select the English-UTF8 language from the pull down or any other language supporting the full install.

TNG V8 express language charset.jpg

Regular Install

TNG V8 Regular Install, Languages and Character Sets allows you to

  • choose a different:Language folder
  • which will set the appropriate Character Set

for your site. So if you are using UTF-8, you should select the English-UTF8 language from the pull down or any other language supporting the full install.

TNG V8 regular language charset.jpg

Database Password

The image on the right shows that the Database Connection password is required if you plan to use the CMS Genealogy TNG Component for Joomla.

The database connection password is a Joomla requirement. See how to change the root password in a WampServer testing environment.

TNG UTF-8 install database.jpg

Database Connection Verified

Once you provide the TNG database connection parameters and click the Save and Verify button, TNG should return the Informaton saved, connection verified message, indicating that the configuration was updated and the connection to the database was made successfully, as shown in the image on the right.

TNG UTF-8 install database connection verified.jpg

Create Database Tables

When you click the Save and Create button, if the tables were created successfully in the TNG database, you should get the The Tables have been created! message, as shown in the image on the right.

Note that you should not have to change the table names.

TNG UTF-8 install database tables created.jpg

Update TNG Settings

The Root Path value should be correct the first time you open your Admin >> Setup >> General Settings.

Note that if you clear the Root Path field and Save the settings, TNG will fill it with the correct value next time you open General Settings, so you need to Save it a second time.

You need to update certain TNG Settings when you have completed the install.

See Setup_-_Site_Design for additional information specific to your web site.

See Setup_-_Language for additional information on adding new languages and setting the appropriate character set for browser display of your information.

TNG V8 install general settings.jpg

Add Admin User

TNG V8 readme.html allows you to define your TNG Admin User as part of the TNG install.

Failure to define an Admin User, leaves your site wide open for others to be able to change admin settings in your site.

TNG V8 install Admin User.jpg
When you look at the TNG Edit User screen, after creating your TNG Admin User as part of the install, it will have the correct options set for the System Admin user as shown on the right.

Note that a Tree was not assign to the Admin User so the user can administer all trees.

TNG V8 install edit Admin User.jpg

Add Tree

TNG V8 readme.html allows you to define your Tree before you can start using your TNG site for data entry or before you import a gedcom file.

TNG V8 install setup Tree.jpg

If you want to prevent anonymous visitors to your site from downloading your gedcom, you need edit the Tree record created by the TNG V8 readme.html install and check the box before the Don't allow users to download GEDCOM files option in the TNG Tree record.

You will be able to override the gedcom download option when you approved or edit a User record.

See Setup_-_Tree for additional information.

TNG V8 install edit Tree.jpg

Related Links

Database - Creating

Setup - Database

Setup - Tree

Setup - Language