Blog posts by JoeMurray

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July 25, 2023
By JoeMurray Filed under Community

The first meeting of the newly constituted CiviCRM Community Council was held July, 13, 2023.

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January 9, 2017
By JoeMurray Filed under CiviGrant, Partners, Community, Drupal, Extensions, Finance and Accounting, Internationalization and Localization, Training, WordPress

JMA Consulting is pleased to welcome Jon Goldberg as our new Director of Operations effective today.

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November 8, 2016
By JoeMurray Filed under CiviContribute, Finance and Accounting, Interface and design

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.

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July 8, 2015
By JoeMurray Filed under CiviMail

Many organizations use MailChimp, SendGrid or SocketLabs email integrations to ensure their emails are delivered with whitelisting and lower load on their servers. Switching to Mandrill can dramatically reduce the cost of these services.

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May 25, 2015
By JoeMurray Filed under Community, Documentation is launched in beta and thriving as a place to ask and answer questions about CiviCRM. The benefit of the Q&A format is that good questions and good answers can get voted up, and better serve as an expert repository of our community's experience. Search rankings will soon be able to find good relevant answers to everyone's beginner and expert support and development questions.

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May 6, 2014
By JoeMurray Filed under Community, Security, Tips

Don't ask for your privacy. Take it back.

Reset the Net is a campaign to improve individual and organizational privacy against mass government surveillance. I think we as CiviCRM community members should step up and act. In particular, hosting providers, implementors, and organizations using CiviCRM should up their game to implement SSL, HSTS, and PFS.

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February 14, 2013
By JoeMurray Filed under CiviCRM, Release announcements

I'm writing to ask you to download and test 4.3.alpha2 that came out earlier today (, especially anything to do with money. If you don't have the time and / or resources and / or skills to create your own test installation, please try a Drupal, Joomla!

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September 26, 2012
By JoeMurray Filed under Architecture, CiviCRM, Extensions, Internationalization and Localization

Extensions are a growing part of the CiviCRM way of doing things. We need to develop a process and toolset to facilitate getting them translated and making those translations easily installable. This post is intended to lay out some issues and a potential approach in order to generate discussion.

Here are some assumptions and suggestions I have:

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January 18, 2012
By JoeMurray Filed under CiviContribute, CiviEvent, CiviMember, API, Finance and Accounting

Notice to non-developers: This post is about how some functionality in 4.2 will be implemented in code and in the database, with very minor changes to anything visible through a browser. If you're not a developer, it probably won't interest you.

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June 6, 2011
By JoeMurray Filed under CiviCRM

Are you interested in open source collaboration on how to use ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) software for data migrations into CiviCRM?

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