14 March, 2016

Hi! My name is Christian Maltais. I'm a founding member of Praxis Labs Coop. We recently launched a Civi hosting service with automated updates. However, I also wanted to help the community on a more personal level. Since I'm not a developer, I felt unsure. How could I fit in?

Luckily, the Civi folks are very welcoming, and the project needs all sorts of skills. I studied litterature in college, and I'm a pretty good copy editor. Turns out the "Features" section on civicrm.org needed some editing. That felt just right for me, so I got on it.

Editing is like thinning and weeding your garden. You're moving or removing what gets in the way; identifying and fixing potential problems.

Online readers have notoriously low patience. That's your biggest problem.

You can't make the readers more patient. You can however remove the things that try their patience, so that should...

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19 February, 2016
Filed under CiviCRM, Extensions, Tips

CiviCooP is working with Emphanos on a nice CiviCRM project (of which I am sure Young-Jin will blog at some point in the near future). As part of this project I developed a specific extension that creates or updates Activity Types, Contact Types, Custom Groups with Custom Fields, Event Types, Groups, Membership Types, Option Groups with Option Values, Relationship Types and Tags from JSON files.

So for example there is a JSON file for activity types which looks like this:

{
  "cont_education_info":{
    "name": "cont_education_info",
    "label": "Continuing Education Info",
    "is_active": 1
  },
  "award_win":{
    "name": "award_win",
    "label": "Award Win",
    "is_active": 1
  },
  "advocate":{
    "name": "advocate",
    "label": "Advocate",
    "is_active": 1
  }
}

When the scheduled job Update is executed it will either create or update all the activity types in the JSON...

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20 January, 2016
By Mizi
Filed under CiviCRM, Community

This year, the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) will be taking place in San Jose, CA on March 23-25, 2016. 

CiviCRM will again be an exhibitor at the conference. Feel free to pay us a visit at booth 1023. Experts will be on hand to answer questions on deploying, managing, and developing for CiviCRM. If you'd like to contribute or get involved with promoting CiviCRM at the NTC, please post a comment below and we'll get in touch with you to coordinate.

Skvare will be on-site for the booth setup Tuesday afternoon from 3-7pm and the conference doors will open on the 23rd (Wednesday) at lunchtime. Sessions will be scheduled on Thursday and Friday until noon. The precise session schedule will be announced soon with all the event details.  

Registration for the conference is now available at the...

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04 January, 2016
By josh
Filed under CiviCRM

It’s amazing that we’re talking about CiviCRM in 2016. First, because it’s 2016… how time flies! And second, because we’re still pushing CiviCRM forward after 11 years! This year does mark a big change for CiviCRM, however. As Dave Greenberg indicated several weeks ago, he and Donald Lobo, the co-founders of CiviCRM, have transitioned to advisers of the project and are no longer active Core Team members. We’ve spent much of the last half of 2015 preparing for this transition and adapting the Core Team’s capacity to continue pushing CiviCRM for another 11 years. We’ll be very focused on keeping the momentum going and on making certain that CiviCRM remains true to its mission of ensuring that all organizations have access to an amazing CRM, regardless of their size, budget or focus.

What else is in store for CiviCRM in 2016? Similar to 2015, we’re going...

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04 January, 2016
Filed under CiviCRM

The Core Team is very happy to announce that CiviCRM version 4.7 will be released on January 27th. Packed with both fixes and new improvements, 4.7 is the culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication from the community. If you’ve not demo’d it yet, check it out. If you’re planning to upgrade to 4.7 out of the gate, we encourage you to test a beta on a copy of your organization’s data and ensure that it’s bug-free for you. If it’s not, your testing can help the community squash any remaining 4.7 bugs!

Top 5 reasons to be stoked about 4.7

  1. Huge improvements to deduping
    Thanks to Veda Consulting for expanding on CiviCRM’s dedupe capabilities to allow for multiple record deduping, identification and batch merging of duplicate pairs, and big improvements to the UI. Full details...
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03 January, 2016

1. What was the ambition when you started with CiviCRM?

Automating membership administration, event management en managing our donors.  We also wanted to combine our data from memberships, events, donations and relations so it would be easier to maintain and share our knowledge. Finally we wanted a link between the forms on our website and our CRM system.

2. Can you describe the project in a few sentences?

Working together with CiviCooP we looked at our processes and wishes. CiviCooP then imported all relevant membership data.

Wikimedia Netherlands decided to start the central registration of data of our relations with CiviCRM. so we had no issues with importing historical data.

After the import we kept a double administration for a couple of months to make sure we covered all facets and could solve all issues. Since  1 January...

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04 December, 2015
Filed under v4.7, CiviCRM, Release

Finally 4.7.beta1 has been released. Its now your chance to bring out your inner Sherlock and help make the software we all use and love even better.

How to get involved:

What needs testing:

The following new features or improvements are great places to start:

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18 November, 2015
By ramesh
Filed under v4.6, CiviCRM, Drupal, Extensions

We in NFPservies have some client using secure.worldpay as their payment processor and it was always an issue in making it work and now worldpay has introduced online.worldpay gateway with API reference which are easy and quicker than before

Earlier in secure.worldpay gateway we used to redirect from CiviCRM to secure.worldpay website and process all the card details and then it will be passed over to CiviCRM website and we process the details. But, in online.worldpay we are using API for creating Tokens and Card Authorize. so no more redirection. Also the processes is straight forward and quicker

REQUIREMENT

This Extension is based on online.worldpay.com - https://online.worldpay.com/

Please make sure you have an account with https://online.worldpay.com/

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

To install the uk.co.nfpservice.module...

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05 November, 2015
Filed under CiviCRM, Training

Cividesk is offering two NEW on-line classes in November designed for more advanced users of CiviCRM.  Each class is two hours long and class size is kept small to allow for questions.

"Customize your database with Custom Fields and Profiles" on November 12th will focus on creating custom data sets for different record types, configuring the related settings and choosing the best field types for your data.  We will also focus on the many uses of profiles in CiviCRM and how to create profiles for on-line pages, a membership directory and a petition.  

"Managing a Fundraising Campaign with CiviCRM" on November 19th is a project oriented class that will take you through all the necessary steps for preparing a successful campaign. We will cover preparing data for the campaign outreach, creating an effective online...

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31 October, 2015
Filed under v4.7, CiviCRM, Extensions, Tips

Your CiviCRM installation may have undead contacts.  Contacts are marked as deceased in CiviCRM by setting the is_deceased column to 1; living contacts are marked with 0.  However, it's possible for import mistakes to cause contacts to have a value of null for is_deceased.  The result is that the contacts don't appear as dead when you view them, but they're excluded from mailings and other features that filter on is_deceased = 0.  The same goes for Do not mail, Do not email, and so forth.

A recent question on StackExchange, along with the Halloween holiday, prompted me to write an extension that checks your system for zombies.  It uses the new Status Messages page to display a notice with the fields with an inappropriate null value:

...

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