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Web Publishing Preferences

You can customise what types of files Genealogy Pro will format when saving a web page using the Genealogy Pro⇒Preferences ... menu. When your collection of family data grows into a very large file, with many images and charts, you may wish to bypass uneccessary processing when creating web pages. For example, if you have not created or modified any new charts since you last saved your data in web format, you can set Genealogy Pro to bypass the processing of charts.


The Preferences Menu


To save web space and improve the speed of your web site, it is desirable to make images as small as possible while maintaining a reasonable resolution. The Genealogy Pro preferences allows you to customise the resolution and scale of images and charts when saving for web publication.

When Genealogy Pro creates your web page, it places a number of files into a directory, the local web files directory, titled myname_web, where 'myname' is the name of your web site. The files and directories created and placed into this folder mirror the directory in your web site account, as described in the Genealogy Pro Web Publishing Manual.

  • Check/uncheck the Create Home Page button to enable/disable the generation of a home page (myname_web/home.php)

  • Check/uncheck the Create Web Database button to enable/disable the generation of a database file (myname_web/database.sql.gz)

  • Check/uncheck the Copy Images button to enable/disable the copying of images to your local web directory (myname_web/documents/ ... ). Note that when images are copied for web publication, the name is different from the original file name. The name of the file is prefixed by a number followed by a '_' symbol.

  • You can choose the image format that Genealogy Pro saves the files by selecting the 'image format' popup button. The default 'jpg' format is recommended for most purpose as it allows images to be compressed into small format.

  • You can optionally choose to scale image sizes to a maximum size, and Genealogy Pro will scale any image that exceeds these dimensions.

  • Check/uncheck the 'Copy other documents' button to enable/disable the copying of any other documents such as audio, audio-visual, and other types of files. Similar to images, these document files are prefixed with a number followed by a '_' symbol.

  • Check/uncheck the Create Chart Images button to enable/disable the copying of charts to your local web directory (myname_web/charts/ ... ).

  • Set the Image Resolution for charts and all other images using the 'Image Resolution' popup button. High resolution results in good quality images, but larger file sizes and slower speeds for viewing your web pages. Low resolution results in lower quality images but smaller file sizes and faster speeds for viewing your web pages. This option applies to both charts and general images.

  • Set the 'Create low resolution alternate images' button to create low resolution images that the web browser should display while waiting to load larger images. This option applies to both charts and general images.


The Web Preferences Window


note: Advanced users and programmers should note that the numbers which prefix the image and other document files is the primary key of the 'documents' table in the database.
note2: Safari 2.0 appears to ignore the 'lowsrc' tag in the html tag. This makes the low resolution alternate images redundant for this browser.