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07 December, 2016
By Eileen
Filed under Release

All sites are strongly encouraged to upgrade to the latest secure versions of CiviCRM: v4.7.14 and v4.6.24.

SECURITY ADVISORIES

  • CIVI-SA-2016-19 Order By clause in API not properly being validated
  • CIVI-SA-2016-20 Lack of validation on contact ids when using apiQuery function
  • ...
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03 December, 2016
Filed under Extensions

Ginkgo Street Labs is pleased to announce the availability of CiviVolunteer 2.2.

Two themes are evident in this release: improving stability and furthering the multi-tier use case. The increased adoption of CiviVolunteer as a multi-tier system, where one organization facilitates the volunteer programs of partner organizations, has necessitated improvements to permissions granularity as well as streamlining of interfaces. Improvements in CiviVolunteer 2.2 include:

  • Version 2.1 introduced settings for volunteer project defaults under Volunteers > Configure...
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01 December, 2016

An interview with the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology

The mission of the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology is the prevention of blindness through education and cultural exchange among ophthalmologists in the Western Hemisphere. The association strives to provide continuing education for ophthalmologists, programs on the prevention of blindness, and promote cultural exchange.
Cividesk recently spoke with Krista Jonas, Director of IT for the PAAO, about why they switched to...

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01 December, 2016
Filed under Drupal

Three weeks ago I wrote about our quest for performance at the Socialist party. This week we had a follow up sprint and I want to thank you for all the comments on that blog.

During this sprint we have been looking into the direction of the amount of groups (+/- 2.700) and whether the amount of groups slowed down the system. We developed a script for deleting a set of groups from all database tables and we deleted around 2.400 groups from the system and we saw that this had an positive impact...

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29 November, 2016
Filed under Tools

Preparing  for a session at CiviCon London last month, I realised I needed better data than the out of the box sample data. It's a situation I've found myself in a few times so rather than write a one of script to generate the data, I decided to try and write something more generic and reusable. The result is something I am calling CiviPop (or Pop if three syllables / 7 letters is too much for you).

The basic idea is that you create a 'pop file' (in yaml format) that summarizes the data you want to generate and let Pop do the...

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18 November, 2016

CiviCRM support for multiple languages and locales has been present for many years already. Features like multilingual donation forms, for instance, are now both common and easy to use. Some usages, however, have remained a source of minor headaches. With the release of CiviCRM 4.7.13, a small step has been made in order to fix a major annoyance that affected multilingual emails.

(billet disponible en français)

The annoyance

Until now, there was no...

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16 November, 2016
By jgowans

The marketing of CiviCRM benefits from a large number of individuals that work to promote CiviCRM in their own way. At the same time though, CiviCRM’s marketing efforts tend to move in spurts, often without clear direction or cohesion. Whether it be through running an event, creating some collateral, or hosting a CiviCRM 101 Webinar, there are a number of opportunities to market CiviCRM, and each effort sometimes takes a different approach in doing so. Going forward, the Marketing Team will be tasked with coordinating the...

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14 November, 2016
By jgowans
Filed under Community

A few weeks ago, we rolled out an outline of how we’ll manage contributions to CiviCRM going forward. Full details about the framework are now online here. For this post, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve taken the effort forward by enabling self-reporting on contributions via a simple contribution log.

While managing community contributions is central to the Core Team’s role, it truly is a...

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11 November, 2016
Filed under Drupal

After the socialist party upgraded civicrm to version 4.6 a month ago they are experiencing performance issues. In this blog I will round up our quest for performance improvements. But before that some facts about their installation.

  • +/- 350.000 contacts
  • +/- 300 users who can access civicrm and see members in their local chapter
  • +/- 2700 groups
  • There are several campaign websites linked to CiviCRM and one of their successfully campaigns leads to 7500 new contacts per week in the system
  • Running  on a VPS with 4 CPU cores...
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08 November, 2016

Some contributions to your organization might be sensitive if widely known. For example, a planned bequest might need to be kept quite confidential since the donor wants to keep its existence private from other possible inheritors or to remain anonymous about their large donation. Or you might want to restrict viewing of membership contributions to the Membership staff, and events registration contributions to your Events organizer.

The fewer people who have access to confidential information the better. Staff turnover in memberships, event organizing, or even volunteer access to...

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