Fresh off my first User Summit and I had some thoughts...
So yeah, I’ve been pretty active on the old CiviCRM forums and even more active on the new Stack Exchange setup. I’ve successfully submitted three pull requests thanks to Coleman. I’ve written a couple of blog posts. I’ve set up a Make it Happen campaign. My organization even made a donation to CiviCRM for all they have done for us over the years. All the while, I've leaned on the...Read more
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We are happy to announce that we have introduced CiviCase functionality in Outlook For CiviCRM, wherein a user would be able to file an email as case activity against CiviCase.
- New OutlookForCiviCRM setting added “prompt for case”. When enabled, civicase functionality becomes accessible to user. ...
Thanks to all the mentors and students that participated in this past GSoC Program! There was a lot of effort and work put forth in these. Please check out the blogs below to find out the progress of each project:Read more
You are a current CiviCRM user and you would like to learn more about a particular feature, attend a CiviTip hosted by Cividesk.
CiviTips are short webinars of 1/2 hour offered weekly designed to educate existing CiviCRM users about tips, best practices and how-to's on a particular CiviCRM functional area.
Either you have missed a training class for your organization or you want a refresh on a specific functionality, you should attend a CiviTip.
Upcoming topics include: Groups vs Tags, exporting data, update records in a batch, how to use CiviMail, Deduping & Merging, etc ...
Click here for more information on topics covered or to get registered for the upcoming CiviTips.
Questions? Contact Virginie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year at CiviCon London 2015 we have an array of 24 sessions from some great presenters.* There are sessions for CiviCRM users, implementers and developers all delivered by other users, implementers and developers! In addition the extension showcase and lightning talks will give insight into the huge range of new developments that European charities are putting in place.Read more
I am Tahir Ramzan, pursuing Masters in Computer Science at Virtual University of Pakistan. I am working on refunds, partial refunds and partial payments development for CiviCRM. Parvez Saleh and Joe Murray are mentoring this project.
Refunds and Partial Refunds:
Often, we need to tackle situation where one needs to make partial or full refunds. After this project users will be able to make refunds with friendly user interface and proper database records.
- How to represent an administrative fee for refund? Who will pay this, buyer or seller?
- How to link the refund with the original contribution?
- Which method to use for processing refunds? Check, payment processor or both.
Partial payments on the other hand need to be done when someone pays a part of payment contribution in installments. This will be very useful for CiviCRM users for...Read more
We have just completed the fourth day of the sprint. Progress reports are in from all of the teams and much progress has been made.
Reports from the teams tell us that we have been quite busy. I am quite excited about the progress the Monitoring team has made and cannot wait to get my hands on this to play with. Documentation has made great strides, improvements to the payment processor architecture is in the works as well. I have had the opportunity to speak with the translation team and the work they are doing is invalubale to the project.
I also have to mention that the extension review team has done a tremendous job working down the extension queue and we should all look forward to using some new extensions. As part of the install team, I know we have been busy at work getting a more uniform install process across Drupal, Joomla and WordPress.
In honour of CiviCon 2015, iATS Payments excited to announce a new referral program to help spread the word about using the iATS Payments extension for CiviCRM!
The concept is quite simple. Refer an organization to iATS Payments and when their account is approved both your organization and theirs will get $100 to spend as you wish! This could go towards your cause, a special project, cupcakes for the office - or whatever you like!
Follow this link to learn more and to submit the required details to us. The iATS Payments account coordinators are standing by to help!
iATS Payments is proud to support the CiviCRM community. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to email@example.com.
We recently had one of our groups report that merging data was resulting in data loss. Specifically, when they merged two records, they noticed that the contribution records on the record that was deleted were not carried over to the record that remained.
I investigated and found the culprit: we were missing a foreign key constraint between the contribution table and the contact table. In fact, we were missing a lot of foreign key constraints in this database.
The reason the mising foreign keys caused data loss is because CiviCRM quite cleverly uses the existance of foreign keys to determine what data should be merged. With this method, the merge code doesn't have to be re-written every time a schema change is introduced. This approach strikes me as smart even though it had bad side effects in our case.
So - how did our schema get out of sync? This problem only affects our four oldest databases and I suspect these databases were ones I had to convert from...Read more
This post is the first in a series that will present results from the CiviCRM statistics project. It will focus on better framing the organizations that use CiviCRM. Further posts will explore the technologies used to run CiviCRM, the software development process, the CiviCRM community and communications, and lift the hood on how our statistics are created and processed.
But before we reach that last post in the series, it needs to be said that CiviCRM does collect statistics from a number of sources in order to better understand how the software is used and how the community performs. These statistics are always collected anonymously and presented in aggregate to further protect the privacy of our users and contributors, and site administrators can disable statistics collection at any time. Also, the graphs presented in this and subsequent posts are dynamic and refreshed every day ; so please excuse...Read more