23 March, 2016
Filed under Community

My first introduction to the community was at a training in Gent in 2013. The training was given by Xavier and Erik Hommel. And they did a very good job because I am still part of the community.

It was a two day training and during the training I learned how CiviCRM works and how to develop custom functionality. Xavier and Erik did not only explain the technical stuff they also explained how the community works and how to become part of the community. The latter was quite easy and I did not expect it to be that easy. They explained about the forum, which is almost dead now, and what they explained was that it was the source for asking questions and getting answers. They also explained that it was not only a place to get answers. It was also a place to give answers.

I thought that I did not know much and that I was not in a position to give answers. But I was wrong. I did know a lot, the first thing I knew a lot about was development stuff because I was a developer for...

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17 March, 2016
By JonGold
Filed under Community, Documentation

If you haven't checked it out yet, the CiviCRM Stack Exchange is a Q&A site where folks can get free support for using CiviCRM.

It's simple to use - ask a question, get answers.  Users vote on both questions and answers, and there's no chit-chat, just answers.  You earn reputation points when people vote for your questions and answers.  Many top CiviCRM experts use the site and answer questions.

If you're looking for a way to support the CiviCRM community with minimal investment, using the site is a great way to do it!  Asking a good question - or upvoting someone else's good answer - both help to improve the quality of CiviCRM support.  We're also looking to increase our Stack Exchange traffic so our site is promoted to the top tier of exchanges.  So if you've visited before, now's a great time to visit again.

Take a look today - take the 60 second tour or...

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08 March, 2016
By seank

At our wonderfully well-attended and interesting CiviDay Bristol (here and here), somehow I managed to become co-opted as the chief co-ordinator for CiviCON London 2016 - 6th-7th October - and I'm reliably informed that organising for this event starts now, or earlier even.

The first thing for me to to do is to find out all the stuff I don't know, things like like who is going to help me, what resources exist from previous conferences and what the budgets are likely to be. Michael's budget summary for Colorado 2015 is particularly interesting https://civicrm.org/blogs/michael-mcandrew/civicon-denver-2015-financials but would be much more useful if the exchange rates weren't so volatile!

I'll also be...

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26 February, 2016
Filed under Community, WordPress

I was introduced to CiviCRM back in 2012 by Dana Skallman. To this day two of her comments stick with me:

  • "It's Awesome"
  • "It's brand new for WordPress and maybe a bit rough around the edges."

Since that time I've been immersed in the CiviCRM world and am very happy to be here.

I am part of Tadpole Collective and we focus on WordPress and CiviCRM implementations. We've been part of many improvements in CiviCRM for WordPress to date and continually work on improvements. We've seen WordPress improved in every release, from shortcodes to a streamlined install process.

The best part of being part of this CiviCRM project is the community.  I've been to CiviCon, the User Summit and four different Code Sprints, most recently at the Vail Sprint this past January.  It was called the "Drupal 8 Sprint" when I first read about it.  You might ask why I, a developer from a...

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25 February, 2016
Filed under Community, CiviDay

We had a awesome CiviDay 2016 in Amersfoort yesterday! A record 40 participants made me happy before the day even started :-) The Socialist Party was our host for the day, and they had prepared a morning session where they shared their experiences with CiviCRM, showed what they did and explained what they want to do in the future. A really impressive and inspiring session with the underlying message: there is so much to gain if you start using open source software, become part of a community and feel you can actually have an impact on your toolset!

After lunch we had a CiviCRM introduction session for newcomers and a bunch of interesting sessions on CiviSepa, CiviRules, Drupal Webforms and Views and PUM Senior Experts...

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23 February, 2016
Filed under Community, Statistics

As the CiviCRM community grows and is increasingly active, the need emerged to measure our work, our impact, our communications and many other aspects of this community in order to judge our progress and influence our roadmap. The CiviCRM statistics project was born.

Since it's inception, this effort has grown in scope and capabilities and now makes available real-time statistics on:

  • the users of CiviCRM (counted as 'sites' representing an active installation of CiviCRM),
  • key operational (# contacts, #transactions, ...) and technical metrics (server configuration) on these active installations,
  • CiviCRM downloads per day, including from which country,
  • metrics on software issues logged into our bug tracker,
  • and many more ...

All of these statistics are produced with the utmost respect for the privacy of our users and contributors: no identifying data of any sort is ever collected (not even IP...

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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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19 January, 2016
Filed under Community

We've thought a bit about how we communicate with you and are rolling out some changes to make it easier for you to keep up to date with the things you are interested in.  We're splitting our regular monthly community newsletter into User news, written for end users and others that are interested in keeping up with product developments (tips of how to make the most out of CiviCRM, new features, user focused events, etc.) and Contributor news, written for people that are actively involved with CiviCRM (or just getting started down that lane) who want to be kept up with initiatives we're working on to improve CiviCRM, hear about ways you can get involved, and so on. We'll also start sending out announcements - one off single subject emails about the most important developments for the project.

Since the Community newsletter did all three of these things, we've subscribed everyone who received the community newsletter to our...

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18 January, 2016
Filed under CiviCon, Community, CiviDay

Here's a quick run down of major CiviCRM events for your calendar for 2016.

  • CiviDay - locations around the world - February 24th
  • CiviCon North West Europe - 26th May
  • CiviCon Colorado
    • The main event - 2nd and 3rd June
    • Trainings for users, administrators and developers - 31st May and 1st June
    • The sprint (your chance to contribute to CiviCRM in person) - 4th to 8th June
  • CiviCon London
    • The main event - 6th and 7th October
    • Trainings for users, administrators and developers - 4th and 5th October
    • The sprint (your chance to contribute to CiviCRM in person) - 8th to 13th October
  • CiviCRM user summit DC - September 22nd and 23rd

Normally our events page is your best bet for the most up to date list of CivICRM events but since some of these events are not yet in...

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03 January, 2016
By totten
Filed under Community, Tips

(Updated: As v4.6.12 and 4.7.0, these directions have been simplified slightly.)

If you're working on a site with CiviCRM v4.6.5+ and rely on StackExchange, IRC, JIRA, or other community media for support, then you should consider making an anonymized site profile.  You can prepare one with a few clicks and paste it into any support requests.  This will provide a report of key technical details (such as the exact versions of CiviCRM, PHP, MySQL) which may assist others in diagnosing your problem.

How To

Log into CiviCRM as an administrator. Navigate to "Administer => System Settings => Connections". This page will display an option called "Site Profile" with a "Connect" button.  Click it.

 Enabling the Site Profile

Review the information and continue.

Next,...

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