Why updating the CiviCRM website is Critical

Who is the most important person navigating the CiviCRM website?  Without a doubt, it is the person looking to explore CiviCRM as a possibility for their organization. Making a good impression when this “uninformed user” first navigates to the website is critical.
 
Until recently it was difficult for the uninformed user to navigate the CiviCRM website. The website simply had too many options and it was unclear how best to proceed.   Too often this meant people getting lost in the site and not navigating to helpful pages.
 

CiviCRM - A unique CRM with a passionate community

In late 2009, we were looking for a better solution for one of our larger faith-based clients. The AMS and CRMs we investigated were either too expensive or too simplistic.  We had taken a hard look at CiviCRM about a year earlier, but we didn’t think it was ready.  However, with the release of CiviCRM 3.1, CiviCRM was more mature and gave us the flexibility and Drupal integration we needed.  CiviCRM was ready and so were we.

Stunning website with an emphasis on member promotion

The Sustainable Furnishings Council is an educational and marketing organization, promoting healthy environments, inside and outside.  The council promotes sustainable practices among furniture manufacturers, retailers, and consumers alike. 
 
As we're seeing with many of our member driven clients, the Sustainable Furnishings Council wanted to create a visually stunning, mobile friendly website emphasizing member promotion as a way to add exposure and value to their members.

CiviCRM Bulk Importing of Batches and Associating Contributions

Starting with version 4.2 and 4.3,  CiviCRM has incorporated sophisticated financial batch capabilities.  However, for organizations switching from another CRM or financial system with batches,  there is currently no capability to import batches or associate contributions with batches through the standard CiviCRM import process. (Hopefully this capability will be added.)  This means that one must either manually create batches and manually associate contributions to batches or load the batches and then create the association through database inserts.

Vanco payment processor for CiviCRM 3.3, 3.4 and 4.1

Vanco Payment processor

 

BackOffice Thinking is pleased to release the Vanco payment processor to the CiviCRM community.  Today we are releasing versions for 3.4x and 4.1x and hope to have a 4.2x version shortly.

 

This processor allows single payment and recurring for credit cards and ACH (electronic check)

 

The Vanco payment processor is quite popular among religious organizations and we have been utilizing this processor for past 2 years with many of our clients.  Thanks for all the support from the Vanco team along way.

Philly Q1 2012 meet up

Just a quick shout out to all those who attended the Philly CiviCRM meet up earlier this month.

I thought the session was excellent.  2 hours straight of Q&A with a host questions and a lot of excellent experience shared.  I think we all learned a lot and are looking forward to our next meetup.

Register for our Q2 Meet up here

 

If you're in the Philly area on June 12,  we'd love to see you.  Hopefully Byron won't eat all of the Oreo's next time!

How much server (disk space and memory) do I need to run my CiviCRM implementation....

How much server (disk space and memory) do I need to run my CiviCRM implementation....

The answer is, of course, it depends. But what are the critical factors?

-- Data base size (Number of contacts and number of custom data fields, relationships, groups, etc.)
-- Number of users (light usage vs. heavy usage)
-- What other applications will be running? (A CMS with a small data base or Jasper Reports with a lot of simultaneous users.)

I think it would be good to put forth some guidelines or rules of thumb.