Announcing Video Tutorial Service

2013-09-05 18:10
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Was curious to see how the new videos were going to be chosen?  For instance, I have helped a few people with Open Layers and CiviCRM and the concept of circular references to make it work confuses many.  I think that the videos I saw in the sample were very well put together but I worried that for those of us with more advanced training needs that the videos will be scoped to CiviCRM and not so much the CMS tie ins.  I did see the one on webform integration listed but was curious for a bigger, long term picture.

Have to give you mad props on the use of groups to add and subtract listings, I had been doing it using the Search Builder thus far.  Wonder if there is a trick to using this with Smart Groups too? :)

If you could lay out your plans for future videos beyond core Civi videos and perhaps what you will do when videos become outdated do to newer features being intro'ed say the ability to do a search without the need for group additions and subtractions, it would be greatly appreciated and probably for people like me get some money from my pocket to yours.

Nice work thus far regardless.


There is a video in the library called "Super Smart Groups" which covers the often-overlooked Include/Exclude search and the concept of building compounded groups - both Smart and regular.

I have a suggestion form available to subscribers and value their input.  At this point my content topics are based on the needs (as I see them through my consulting experience) of the typical small to mid-sized nonprofit user or administrator.  I probably won't tailor many videos towards a developer, as this audience is small and their needs will be best met on IRC or the developer forums.  

Regarding Open Layers I have no direct experience with this and although I've worked with dozens of clients none of my clients use Open Layers, so this would not likely be a topic I cover for both reasons.  I can't be everything to everyone.

One more comment. I am a subscriber and one of the things that I really liked about it was that when noobs were getting going that created tracks/paths to follow. A sequence of videos that built on the previous video skillset.  I might suggest that you look at doing that as well.  I think sorting by level is great but that's not going to put them in an order that makes sense or better yet maybe follows the path of the CiviCRM documentation that people often start with (The Good Old Floss Manual).

Just my two cents worth.