14 November, 2017

Two months ago, I launched a Make It Happen campaign to build a System Administrator Guide with the goal of migrating the installation, setup, and upgrade documentation out of the wiki and into a beautiful guide on our new documentation platform. Amazingly, the MIH campaign reached its $2,000 USD minimum in only 4 days — which meant I could get to work right away!

Now I've completed this content migration and am excited to share the System Administrator Guide with you, in all its glory...

https://docs.civicrm.org/sysadmin

Thanks

Before you thank me, join me in thanking these partners and community members who made this project happen by backing the campaign:

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14 November, 2017

With a clear roadmap towards improved CiviCRM experience, Agiliway team keeps aligning CiviCRM software capabilities with an end-user working environment. The newly released CiviCalendar extension is our most recent solution and an absolutely necessary stop. From now on CiviCRM users can easily visualize their daily, weekly and monthly activities within CiviCRM.

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CiviCalendar is styled to resemble Microsoft Outlook Calendar. For visual distinction the list view is replaced with graphic calendar squares, while entries are shown in different colors. User-friendly interface and intuitive navigation make it a breeze for users to add items to the CRM calendar or view tasks...

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13 November, 2017
Filed under Drupal, Extensions

Today, Skvare has released a new version of CiviCRM Entity, 2.0-beta11.  This release contains a new feature, an admin configuration page which allows site administrators to disable exposure of entity types to Drupal.

CiviCRM Entity is a Drupal module which exposed CiviCRM API entity types as native Drupal entity types, providing Views, Rules, Entity Reference field integration, and Drupal native pages and forms for each. It supports both CiviCRM 4.6 LTS and CiviCRM 4.7.

Previous versions of CiviCRM Entity allowed developers to control access to Drupal based pages and forms for entity types, but there was no way for administrators to control what entity types were available in Views, Rules, or Entity Reference fields. As CiviCRM Entity has evolved over the past 2 years, over 45 entity types have been supported, including all the major financial record types. There are cases where many of these entity...

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07 November, 2017
By alainb
Filed under CiviCamp, Sprints

We are excited to announce the CiviCRM conference in Brussels in February 2018!

User Conference

The 1-day user conference (aka CiviCamp) on Monday 5 February 2018 is the conference for seasoned CiviCRM users, and people considering using CiviCRM. The conference will be packed with the essential presentations, workshops and people that will help your organisation get the most from CiviCRM.

Sprint

Following the user conference, there will be a non-residential 4-day sprint for contributors.

It will be held in the center of Brussels from Tuesday 6 February till Friday 9 February. It is an opportunity to help push the CiviCRM project forward: add new functionality, fix bugs, improve marketing materials, document new features, interact with core team members and fellow CiviCRM-developers... and enjoy the capital of Europe.

Call for...

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02 November, 2017
Filed under WordPress

The first time a WordPress version of CiviCRM was available it was version 4.1 back in February 2012. It has now been more than 5 years, and I thought it would be nice to outline what has happened since WordPress became available as a CMS option for CiviCRM.

I had been working with CiviCRM on a few sites prior to that, and was looking forward to a time when we could use CiviCRM with WordPress. As with most beginnings, things were a little rough around the edges as WordPress developers learned more about CiviCRM and vice-versa. Later the same year, in October 2012, version 4.3 ACLs were added and the first version of a plugin CiviMember Roles sync was available (which is no longer maintained, so keep reading!). About a year later, another plugin become...

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01 November, 2017
Filed under Release, Security Releases
CiviCRM 4.7.26, 4.6.33 and 4.7.27
 

Please note that 4.6.33, 4.7.26, and 4.7.27 are security releases. All releases include the latest security fixes, and 4.7.27 includes additional bug fixes and enhancements (as a typical monthly release).

Please see below links to the security advisories:

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26 October, 2017
Filed under Training

This two hour on-line training on Friday, November 3rd (8 am PT/9 am MT/11 am ET) is perfect for new users of CiviCRM who would like to learn all the basics of CiviMember.  

It's also ideal for those in charge of configuring the membership module, since the class covers the best way to set up membership types and explores the rules behind how CiviCRM automatically moves a membership from new to expired.  We will walk through configuring an on-line membership page, so contacts can sign up for membership or renew on-line, and you'll learn how to input a new membership or take care of a renewal manually on the backend. 

Click here for more information or to register, spaces are limited since class size is kept small to allow time for questions. 

Please contact training manager Susan@cividesk.com with any questions.

25 October, 2017
Filed under API, CiviCRM, Extensions

I just published a small extension (funded by Amnesty International Vlaanderen) to prevent the REST API requests still coming through when the site is in maintenance mode.

The extension is CiviCRM native and the structure is based on the CiviCRM User Framework. However, as I have little to no experience with a CMS other than Drupal, I have only implemented the Drupal module. Would be really great if others could add the same trick for the other CMS's!

Logic:

  • check if API request originated from REST (api_key and key in the request)
  • if yes, check if CMS is in maintenance mode
  • if yes, throw API_Exception with error code maintenance_mode

The extension can be found here.

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24 October, 2017
By marko

With the funding environment for nonprofits in Serbia becoming increasingly more fragmented and the choice of technology tools to aid fundraising and advocacy becoming more diverse, Catalyst Balkans saw an opportunity to fill an open niche for a localized CRM targeted to the nonprofit sector in the Western Balkans. With Catalyst Balkans already having used CiviCRM for several years for its own communication and contact management needs, the localization of CiviCRM was a natural choice.

With virtually zero strings translated into Serbian on Transifex and a very limited budget, Catalyst used a combination of existing staff resources and volunteers to plug away at the translation effort over a period of months. The final 1500 strings were done with the help of a translation professional who also went through and polished the entire translation file.

Many coffees were spent...

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18 October, 2017
Filed under CiviCon, Meetups

In conjunction with the first ever CiviCon happening in Canberra on Monday 23rd October. There will be a developer day on the Sunday prior to that day. There will also be an opportunity for international developers to join in through a Go To Meeting hangout. The developer day will be held at the Agileware office. 4/55-57 Lathlain Street, Belconnen, ACT 2617. The Day will start at 9am. Anyone interested should get in touch with Justin Freeman from Agileware. This will be a chance to meet fellow CiviCRM developers and share issues and concerns.