I've had a few requests from clients recently with queries around updating contact details and permissions with the new GDPR data protection legislation coming into force in Europe in May.
As a result I've developed two very simple extensions which I'd like to share:
This extension provides a simple UI under the contact summary via Actions->Contact Checksum.
When opened a simple UI is displayed with information and example links to use in emails when sending personalised / "update your details" links from CiviCRM.
Available from https://civicrm.org/extensions/contact-checksum-ui
Opt-In Communications Fields
This is a simple extension that provides a set of "Communication Preferences" custom fields for each contact. Email, Phone and Mail(Post) are provided.
The fields are provided as "Yes/No" fields so that when...Read more
During the month of November, we made a concerted effort to stabilize the CiviCRM-Mosaico extension -- addressing several bugs, installation issues, missing features, and testing processes. I'm happy to announce a new beta releases of the Mosaico and FlexMailer extensions for CiviCRM. The updates include ~160 commits from ~15 contributors.
v2.0-beta3 has been made possible through the work of over a dozen people. Multiple contributions were provided by the maintainers (Deepak Srivastava of Veda and Tim Otten of CiviCRM) as well as the Compucorp theming team (Maged Adel, Mihael Mladenov, Mukesh Ram), Matthew Wire (MJW), and Samuel Vanhove (SymbioTIC). Additional contributions were provided by Anne Dru, David Snopek, Francesc Bassas, Jitendra Purohit, John Kingsnorth, Matthew Roberts, and Philipp Batroff. And, of course, all of this is built on the great upstream project, Void Labs' Mosaico.
(And I apologize if I've...Read more
Have you ever wondered whether those Event or Membership Reminders actually get delivered?
And what about those automatic Receipts that go out? Ever wished you could see what the heck was actually being sent?
With the help of funding from Agileware (Canberra, Australia), several Fuzion clients, and Fuzion's own contribution, we have put a couple of our extensions in to a single bundle to bring these goodies to a wider audience.
By default CiviCRM only performs bounce handling when sending via CiviMail, but not when sending transactional emails such as scheduled reminders, event registrations, contribution receipts and the like. This extension addresses that limitation.
How is this happening?
This extension creates a pseudo-...Read more
At Wanna Pixel, Inc., we have been excited about Mosaico, a drag-n-drop email builder native to CiviCRM, for quite awhile. Most designers and nonprofit staff alike have struggled to use the CiviCRM mailing feature to create responsive email campaigns. Three years ago, I wrote an article about the responsive template I created for CiviCRM users, hoping to help ease this struggle.
Before Mosaico, there were two options for email building when using CiviCRM.
- Use responsive html templates and spend hours editing them whenever you wanted to make a change.
- Integrate with MailChimp and lose some data and token access. ...
CRMs are must-have for any organization, large or small. There is some debate over what the “C” in CRM stands for - client, constituent, customer, etc., but at a very base level it manages information about your contacts. Organizations now understand that communication is not always linear, flowing to one central point. To further complicate things, organizations have a splintering of data from a multitude of tools. For example, maybe you are using Evite for event registrations, Salesforce to manage your customer communication, PayPal to collect donations, and Constant Contact for your email blasts. How can your organization get visibility into all of this data with it spread out amongst various systems and databases? The solution is CiviCRM.
Editor’s Note: I was initially going to make this one blog article, but since there are so many great features to talk about in CiviCRM, I’ve decided to break this up into...Read more
Based on feedback from clients, we're launching a series of Masterclasses this year. They will provide an opportunity for you to deepen your knowledge and skills in a particular area of CiviCRM. These courses will assume that you have a basic understanding of CiviCRM as a Contact Management System.
We're starting with our CiviMail Masterclass which will be on 8th August at the St Thomas Centre in central Manchester. You'll spend a day getting your hands dirty with the CiviCRM Mailings module.
We willl also be looking at the how you need to think about your communications overall and how to manage your communications with CiviCRM.
Course content includes:
- Basic HTML
- Using CiviCRM checksums
- Mailing groups / un-subscriptions
We’re pleased to announce that the Mosaico extension v2 is finally available to download!*
Mosaico enhances the existing CiviCRM Mailing module to simplify the email creation process by allowing you to use a simple drag and drop mailing editor to create your emails. The Mosaico extension will then produce a responsive (suitable for mobile) and perfectly formatted email for you!
How do I use the new Mosaico?
With Mosaico Integration enabled, you will be led to the screen below when you choose to create a new mailing:
Here has everything you need to tell Civi about the mailing you are creating. This includes:
- Mailing...Read more
When email was first designed, security was not considered important and up until fairly recently it was still possible to send an email from any address and get away with it.
However, as spam, phishing and spoofing attacks by email have become increasingly common there have been various attempts to make email more secure. In the last year or so the major providers (AOL, Google, Microsoft etc.) have all seriously tightened their security and authentication requirements for validating and receiving email. The result of this is that a lot of legitimate email is now being classified as spam or rejected by those providers. In order to ensure that your email continues to be marked as legitimate and received by these larger providers it is now almost essential that you implement SPF, DKIM and DMARC on your domains otherwise many of your...Read more
Civdesk is excited to announce our newest training opportunity - Effective Email Marketing with CiviMail. During this session you will learn how to best leverage CiviMail to get your emailing into your constituents Inbox and have your content read.
During this two-hour training, you will learn about:
- Best practices for getting emails in the inbox
- Formatting do's and don'ts
- Email client and readability testing
- Using tokens including the Checksum token
- Optimizing your emails for better open rates (including A/B testing)
- Technical email deliverability (SPF & DKIM)
Concrete examples will be used to illustrate all of these tasks. Much of this session will be spent looking at examples but we will also be using the CiviCRM interface.
We will use some HTML code but no coding knowledge...Read more
CiviCRM support for multiple languages and locales has been present for many years already. Features like multilingual donation forms, for instance, are now both common and easy to use. Some usages, however, have remained a source of minor headaches. With the release of CiviCRM 4.7.13, a small step has been made in order to fix a major annoyance that affected multilingual emails.
Until now, there was no effective way for CiviCRM to determine the target language of mail merge tokens when mass emailing. Consequently, many emails would end up with :
- badly translated tokens (ex: prefixes such as « Mrs » appeared in English instead of being translated to « Mme » when sending out content written in French)
- links that didn't point to content in the right language (ex: ubsubscribe...