The Webtrees Top menu is usually found in the top left hand corner and includes a link to the sign in page, theme and language settings. The site administrator may prevent some of the links appearing. For example, they may only activate a single theme, in which case no theme link will be visible.
Provided they have been activated, there may be a ‘Search box‘ enabling you to search for an individual or place, a ‘Theme link‘ provides a drop down menu that will allow you to select different themes to change the colour scheme or layout of the site, and the ‘Language link‘ provides a drop down menu that will allow you to select different display languages, and the ‘Sign in link’ takes you to a log inn form. There is also a link on that form to ‘Request a new user account‘ if you do not already have one.
Once you have logged in there will also be a ‘My Pages Link‘ in the top menu.
Webtrees Top Menu – Language Link
Provided they have been activated by the administrator there can be up to sixty-seven languages made available. In most cases the administrator will have selected a default language when the website was first installed (our own Webtrees website only displays English for example). Where additional languages are supplied it should remember that the drop down menu only changes the Webtrees language, and not necessarily the language in which information has been submitted. For example: information about ancestors on our own Webtrees site is all added in English. Changing the language on the drop down menu to French would change all the instructions and menus into French, but it would not change the additional information already inserted in English.
Webtrees Sign In Link
When you click on the Sign In Link, if you are a registered user, pulls up a box in which you simply add your username and password, and then click on the ‘Sign in‘ button.
If you are a new user, at the bottom of the form there is a ‘Request a new user account link‘ which takes you to a registration form. This form asks you to insert your ‘Real Name‘, your ‘Email address‘, a ‘Username‘ and ‘Password‘. There is also a ‘Comments block‘. Once completed, you click on the ‘Continue‘ button.
On our own site we have added a note at the top of the form making clear we only accept registrations from members of the family. They have to use the ‘Comments‘ box to explain who they are related to, and how they are related to them.
The default setting is for two more things to occur before a new account is created.
- Firstly, the new user’s email address must be verified by the clicking on a link in the email sent to them.
- Secondly, once the email has been verified, the administrator has to approve the application. Once those two things have been done
Webtrees Top Menu – My Page Link
The ‘My Page‘ link takes you to a landing page which contains various boxes of information. It may differ from site to site depending upon choices made by the administrator.
There is invariably a ‘Welcome your name‘ box containing
- links to your own record on the family tree,
- a default chart, and
- your own account details.
There are many boxes the site administrator may (or may not) have activated, some of these include:
- Personal messages from other family tree members or administrators
- Slide show of random images
- Events taking place this day in history
- Upcoming birthdays or anniversaries
- Family Tree statistics