Did you see the new navigation buttons on profiles?

+56 votes

Hi WikiTreers,

Today we added the profile navigation links that we talked about here two weeks ago

They look similar to this:

Some of the buttons don't appear on private profiles, or if there aren't categories or memories to link to, etc.

If you notice any problems, or have questions or comments, please post here. If you want to propose a completely new navigation system, it would be best to write out all the details of your proposal and create a new G2G thread for it, then link it from here.



in The Tree House by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

Excellent, awesome, thank you so much Chris! Loving this hugely … smiley

Good improvement, thanks. Still lots of wasted space at the top and not showing categories up front is a major negative point for surname projects and continues to annoy me!

15 Answers

+13 votes
They look great, work great.  Thanks everyone.  My only thought is that it would be great to have some more 'top' links, near 'Sources' but that might not be possible since it is actually part of the biography.
by Linda Peterson G2G6 Pilot (287k points)
+5 votes

Hey Chris!

I like the new buttons, however, I noticed a profile that has gone caterwonky? https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Curren-32

by Mags Gaulden G2G6 Pilot (497k points)
Fixed it - It was the categories. They weren't in the correct brackets.
Hi I just checked it and it still looks to be missing some buttons. Regards Fiona
+18 votes
Love them!  Extra help for those of us with arthritic hands...just a click instead of a long scroll.
by R H G2G Astronaut (1m points)
+10 votes
Excellent improvement! Keep ‘em coming!
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)
+7 votes
Absolutely LOVE it!!!
by Esmé van der Westhuizen G2G6 Pilot (111k points)
+19 votes

Anything to prevent long strolling is awesome and cool beans yes Thanks, Team!

by Maggie N. G2G6 Pilot (789k points)

enlightened AN IDEA when you have time - On the My WikiTree: Navigation Home Page, is it possible to add an extra 


to the TOP of the Scratch Pad? enlightened

And a second YES!!!
Please, please!!!
+8 votes
The buttons work great, handy and well-arranged.  Great progress.
by Joop van Belzen G2G6 Mach 8 (81.2k points)
+6 votes
They're perfect! Thanks :D
by Liz Shifflett G2G6 Pilot (386k points)
+8 votes
Top work, a really beneficial and useful upgrade.
by Jo Fitz-Henry G2G6 Mach 5 (56k points)
+8 votes
Thanks for announcing this here. For those of us who tend to be oblivious, it might have been weeks before we noticed.
by Lois Tilton G2G6 Mach 5 (54.7k points)
+12 votes

I like it!

I'm not sure how technically feasible it would be, however it could be interesting and/or useful to include some information on those buttons regarding the amount of information that they reference. 

For example, the buttons could indicate how many comments are present; or how many memories are present; or how many categories have been applied; etc...

I was briefly confused by the word "matches", since I tend to associate that with DNA stuff. But not a lot of unambiguous options in the dictionary...

Maybe the counts would be a stretch, but the buttons are neat nonetheless. Appreciate the continued improvements!

by anonymous G2G6 Pilot (126k points)
+7 votes
I'd like it more if the top part (these nav buttons and everything above) stayed in place, while the rest of the page scrolled.  Then the nav buttons (and pull-down menus, etc) would always be available for a quick jump to another part of the page.
by Rob Neff G2G6 Mach 4 (48.1k points)
+3 votes
I did locate them  -- whether they will prove to be a boon to myself, I don't know. The one I would use the most would be Categories for the profile I manage.  

I tested it by picking a name at random (Frederick Dawson, in this case) and went to his profile Dawson-6314) and those four buttons show up clearly in the appointed place. He does have a category, I discovered.  The other three buttons also functioned.

I agree they have utility. I'm not sure they'll have any for me, other than Categories. Well, agreed, if I'm on another PM's profile and want to leave a comment, then yes, that would be a useful button and as someone pointed out, saves us a lot of scrolling down page --

Or in my experience tapping the down page button and missing and where that will leaves me has varied ... including kicking me offline.
by Susan Smith G2G6 Pilot (271k points)
+6 votes
This is going to be a big help when using my phone. Thanks!

One additional page element that I often want to navigate to, and that is a nuisance to get to on the phone, is the image that identifies a profile as project-protected. It's at the top of column 2 on the page, which means it's way down the page on the phone (between Sources and DNA).

If a profile has DNA test connections data, I could use the new DNA tab to get to the DNA section, then scroll up. However, the vast majority of profiles that might be PPP are long-dead people who don't have DNA test connections, so there's no DNA tab. The Sources tab should be on every profile, and it does get me closer to the PPP symbol, but if the profile has many source citations, getting to the PPP symbol still requires a lot of scrolling.

I don't know how I would want my desire to navigate to the PPP symbol to be fulfilled... Maybe somebody else will have a good idea.
by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Hi Ellen. This might be worth suggesting in the Project Leaders group. We could add a little icon/link that appears just for leaders. Jamie could put it on the to-do list if it's something other leaders would find helpful.
Why should only Leaders see it?  After all, other WikiTreers use WikiTree, as well...
Thanks, Ros. When I saw Chris's message, I thought to myself that the need for quick access to a PPP symbol would not be limited to Project Leaders. You've confirmed my hunch. It seems to me that information about PPP status can also be important for Project Coordinators, members who are considering merge proposals, and members who want to connect a PPP profile to the person's family, but cannot do it because the member is neither a Leader or a Coordinator.
+4 votes
I love them and started to use them almost immediately.

My only disappointment was not seeing "SUGGESTIONS" either on the new navigation links or in the tabs. Is it possible to have "Suggestions" added to one or the other?

I'd be curious to see if that would help profile managers keep their "Suggestions" cleaned up.

I like Rob Neff's idea of having the tabs and new links stationery so they are always right there.

And Ellen Smith's idea of DNA as another link!

Thanks for the update and love seeing WikiTree always striving to make things better!
by Louann Halpin G2G6 Mach 6 (60.3k points)
edited by Louann Halpin

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