mediaIn TNG, a “collection” is just a way to catalogue your media into standard and custom categories.   It makes it easier for your visitors to find images on your website.  It also makes sense to be able to separate digital artifacts of headstones, documents, video and audio recordings. Visitors to your site can select collections from your main menu, or from the pulldown menu bar, under “Media”.  They will have seven standard choices:
  • Photos Photographs, family gatherings, homesteads, working groups, marriages, travel
  • Documents photos or scanned images of important documents, birth/marriage/death certificates, military records, employment, and immigration.
  • Headstones images of graveside markers. Note that the Headstone collection also can capture information on cemetery market condition.
  • Histories This is more of a document repository, of a narrative on your ancestry research.
  • Videos Video recordings.
  • Recordings Aural recordings.
  • All Media All of the above.
You can also add your own Collections options, which we will be describing in a following article. One point of confusion is that TNG does interchangeably use the terms ‘media type’ and ‘media collection’. What can be placed in a Collections folder? Luckily, Collections can accommodate just about any format of file.  It does not have to be only digital image format, such as JPEG or TIFF, but could also be PDF, DOC, MP3 and more.  Collections are not physical items in your TNG, rather this is a way of tagging of the real items, the digital files, so that different categories of media are separated to different display pages. How are media images put into a collection? Whenever you add or edit or upload media, you select the Collections type at that time. Can I change the name of a collection? No, the standard collection names cannot be changed or standard collections be deleted, unless you go into the software coding.  However, you can edit and delete with your custom collections, although the physical folder you originally created, and any media files stored there, would not be deleted.