Join us during our Documentation Dash (remote sprint) on Sunday 27th July and Monday 28th July to help get the new edition of the User and Administrator Guide ready for release at the same time as the stable version of 4.5.
4.5 beta 2 has just been released, so the arrival of a stable version of 4.5 is not far off. When that happens we want to publish a new edition of the User and Administrator Guide that includes all the new features, a totally revamped Membership section and other updates.
Eight people worked on documentation during the Tahoe sprint in April/May 2014, and we made great progress. However, some of the new features, notably the new CiviCase UI, didn’t exist at that time and there were other issues we didn’t quite finish, so there is still work to do.
We have set up a board showing the issues for this sprint. You will see that there is something for everyone. If you can join us, please 'sign up' by commenting on this blog post....Read more
One of the requirements in a project I am working at the moment was that the client wanted to enter when an adress becomes active. E.g. a member says he is moving by the 1st July 2015 (which is in the future). From that moment the member should be contacted by that address and till that moment the old address is the active address.
I have created an extension which achieve this. This extension is in beta and can be found on (https://github.com/CiviCooP/org.civicoop.futureaddress).
I will put this extension into the extension directory later on, when my client has finished testing this extension.
How does this extension work?
As a user you enter a future address by adding a new address on a contact and you set two things:
- You enter a location type which is a future one
- You enter a change date (the date when this address is changed)
We've just added a page detailing CiviCRM's security policy and release process.
This page is intended to help people identify how they can stay abreast of security updates, know when to expect them, and how to tell which release of CiviCRM to expect security fixes for.
If you maintain or operate a CiviCRM site (or sites!) then you this is a page you should be familiar with, and there are a few actions you should take -
- Make sure your team are subscribed to security notification updates.
- Put the newly announced security release window, first Wednesday of the month, in your schedule.
- Make sure your installed sites are running a supported release, so they qualify for security fixes!
The CiviCRM community are making ongoing...Read more
Down here in Bristol, we’ve been putting more bones on the video project and talking to lots of people who want to be involved, so we thought we would give you an update on how things are progressing and what we need from the community at this point in helping developing the plans for the future.
We’ve now assembled 10 complete videos to cover discrete simple actions in CiviCRM and you can see links to these on the wiki. Our aim was to produce finished videos around 2 minutes long, but as you'll see they range from about 1 to about 3 minutes.
We've also been documenting the creation process which will probably be familiar to anyone who has done any video production in the past, but will hopefully be useful to contributors new to this activity. We’ve had some good tips from professionals (...Read more
At the recent Dalesbridge sprint, members of the documentation team updated the user and administration book.
We included new features for 4.4, expanded on some previously under-documented areas and re-organised some content to make things easier to find.
The new version of the book has now been published at http://book.civicrm.org/user/.
New chapters in the book include Logging, Soft credits, Event badges and Smart groups. People who are familiar with these topics may like to review the chapters and let us know if we need to make changes (or, better still, make the changes yourself.)
The documentation team welcomes new members. For users or administrators...Read more
Example Use Case
This example is a one event page which has tabs of many types of content and views attached which allows a anonymous user to view the info, see registered participants, register for the CiviCRM event via one webform which also automatically creates a contact, membership, active drupal user, and participant event registration to the event, logs in the user, and sets his user entered password via text field on the webform. Skvare has developed similar solutions for clients using these methods.
Using this method you can create easily customizable membership join, and event registration pages which leverage the full gauntlet of advanced Drupal 7 modules, and the ease of customizing the layout and style with css in the Drupal theme.
Original blog posted at Skvare.com.
CiviTeacher.com has just arrived!
Many of you know me as Stoob or just as the guy with big hair making wisecracks at CiviCon. I'm also a guy with years of experience teaching adults in a classroom before I trasitioned into "the web". I've done audio engineering, video production and have now worked as an independent CiviCRM consultant and trainer specializing in small nonprofit clients for nearly six years. During interactions with dozens of organizations in this time I've come to realize that, although CiviCRM is awesome, it is not a solution. CiviCRM is a tool. Capable people who understand how to use tools are the solution. These factors...Read more
Returning to CiviCRM videos after some time on other projects, the team at Circle Interactive are now starting to think again about developing a CiviCRM community video project based on the ideas in Young Jin’s blog of Feb 2012.
We specifically see the need for the short instructional videos aimed at the new user (identified as Type C), ideally, less than three minutes long covering common aspects of configuring and using CiviCRM in bite-size pieces. We think this would provide not only a useful set of how-tos but also if they’re done in the right way it will contribute to general marketing - providing more reassurance to decision makers that the support network and documentation is actually just as good if not better than commercial products. We also want everyone contributing this type of video to work on a standard demo site for consistency. We think this should use...Read more
For some time i've been trying to make my organisations contact list accessible outside of CiviCRM. Why you may ask?
Well, mainly convenience, but also for reducing duplication, maintaining a personal address book, an organisational address book and a CRM will mean inconsistent information, duplicates, contacts in one place and not the other etc. On the convenience side of things, it means potentially having access to your CiviCRM contacts in your email program, phone and many other places LDAP can be utilised.
Initially I tried the google apps sync extension but that had a couple of pitfalls, firstly you need google apps (which you may not have), if you do have an account, you will need a paid account (again not necessarily a blocker), but the main problem I hit was that the extension can only write (a Google limitation) to your accounts directory, which...Read more
The book is really aimed at people who, well, are a bit like me. I started like everyone else does by reading the manuals and the book, using the forums and doing a lot of head scratching and learning by my mistakes. I'm not really a developer - in fact I'm more of a planner, implementer and trainer. It would have been great to have something that would set me on the right path, give me good ideas and save the time and energy it takes to make CiviCRM transformative for an organization.
So this book takes some of...Read more