A customer recently asked Fuzion if the little contact search box in the top left corner could be made available on all their drupal pages and that it link to the contact's Drupal page.
Re-using the Civi-search box seemed a bit too difficult but there was a fairly easy solution to this request using existing drupal modules - finder + views (plus features to deploy).
Finder module will create an autocomplete box off any view. I created a basic View based on drupal users. After Pete had finished with it it had 3 fields: contact display name - linked to CiviCRM contact, Drupal user name - linked to Drupal contact & drupal email linked to a mail to. It was also filtered to 'Is Primary Email'. It looks like this (filtered to a single record).
After spending a lot of time, CiviSync CMS Component (for Joomla) and Module (for Drupal) were able to see the sunlight. We have now released the two extensions on our website www.targetintegration.com
CiviSync CMS was primarily created as an additional item to CiviSync Outlook Addon (Still Under Development); to provide an easy to use interface to manage site key of a CiviCRM installation and API Key for the users in the database. Thanks to Xavier who helped me realise the full potential of CiviSync CMS; that not only CiviSync but whereever you want to use API, CiviSync CMS can be a useful tool.
I have taken the following from the wiki and modified for those unaware about Site Keys and API Keys:
What is a Site Key?
You are required to pass authentication information at runtime to prevent any scripts in CiviCRM from being invoked by an unauthorized agent. CiviCRM uses a Site Key in...Read more
Note: You can see videos of these features in action on NS Web Solutions' case study page for this project.
Update: Some of the code for these features is available on GitHub. See my comment below.
CiviCRM offers an incredible set of features straight out of the box. At NS Web Solutions we're sometimes asked to provide a CRM system with some pretty unique features, and we've found that by relying on CiviCRM's wide array of hooks and customization features, there's a lot that can be done.
Eli Beckerman is the second winner of a copy of Using CiviCRM from Packt Publishing. Eli is excited about the potential of CiviCRM to organize bottom-up transformations to deal collaboratively with the many crises facing the world today.
Packt has also selected a runner-up in its contest: an experienced CiviCRM user from the City Bible Forum, ken, will get a downloadable eBook copy of the book.
Here's some background on Using CiviCRM from Packt's site:
What you will learn from this book:
- Create a successful CiviCRM implementation project
- Install and configure CiviCRM in Joomla! or Drupal, understand advanced configuration options, and review the upgrade process in detail
After months of development we’re more than happy to announce the concurrent release of CiviCRM 3.4.0 and 4.0.0, the first stable CiviCRM 3.4 and 4.0 releases! Both versions are now available for download. You can also try it out on the public demos: Drupal 6 / Drupal 7 and Joomla 1.5 / Joomla 1.6 sites. We strongly recommend going through 3.4/4.0 highlights post, where you will find out what’s new and hot in this release. The newest CiviCRM versions are:
- 4.0.0 for Drupal 7 and Joomla 1.6
- 3.4.0 for Drupal 6 and Joomla 1.5
Important information for...Read more
Sheila Burkett is the first winner of a copy of Using CiviCRM from Packt Publishing. Packt is running a promotional contest where you just have to post into the forum or email them to qualify to win a copy of the book.
Here's some more information about the book from the Press Release:
Using CiviCRM is the first commercially published book on CiviCRM, and came out in February 2011. It will teach readers to build a CRM that conforms to their needs and to integrate it with Drupal or Joomla!. Written by...Read more
The Drupal core contact module provides a no-frills way for users to email you via a simple webform. If you like that module, but would also like those form submissions to be recorded in CiviCRM, then this no-frills extension is for you.
The CiviCRM Contact Form Integration module will record an "inbound email" activity every time a user (logged-in or anonymous) sends a message via your site-wide contact form. If they do not already exist in CiviCRM, a new contact will be created. There are no configuration options for this module.
If you want more advanced features or options (such as collecting more info about the contact, adding them to groups, etc) consider the Webform CiviCRM Integration module as a much more robust solution for updating CiviCRM contacts via Drupal webforms.Read more
It was a great gathering of people from different backgrounds showing up for the meetup. By far this was one of the biggest meetups (30+ people) that I have attended. Nice to see the growth in the SF Bay Area civi community!
Meetup kicked off with a report back by Dave Greenberg of the CiviCRM team from CiviCon Chicago. He reviewed growth trends for the platform, and broad goals for the project going forward. You can download Dave's slides as well as most of the other CiviCon Chicago presentations here. This was followed by presentation by Arthur Richards from Wikimedia Foundation. He briefed everyone on how Wikimedia uses CiviCRM to manage 999,350+ contacts and 1,067,739+ contribution records. Arthur's presentation can be found...Read more
Our current support policy is to support and bug fix only the latest stable release of CiviCRM. This is primarily due to the amount of time and effort it takes to support multiple releases at the same time. As our user, integrator and developer base increases we expect this policy to change.
Both Drupal 6 and Joomla 1.5 are fairly active releases with support for those releases expected to last for another 12 months or more (based on when the next version is released). However the next version of CiviCRM, v4.1, will only support Drupal 7.x and Joomla 1.6.x based on our current support policy.
We do understand that a large number of our users will still be on the older versions of Drupal and Joomla. If you are not planning to upgrade to the latest version of Drupal/Joomla, please contribute to the Make It Happen that will allow us to extend support for Drupal 6 / Joomla 1.5 for another release. This will...Read more