My UK based organisation the Association for Learning Technology launched a brand new web site on 20 April based on Drupal 6 and CiviCRM. We are very pleased indeed with the overall result and having all our membership process now running within a unified web-based environment we've been able to reduce transaction costs and give our individual and organisational members a much better service all round.
For a small charity like us, the development of the new site and transitioning across to it from our previous systsm was a major but very productive challenge; and we are now "set up" for the future.
Yesterday we held a review meeting with our hosting company Positive Internet and our developers Futurate. We considered a timetable for eventually migrating to Drupal 7 and concluded that we should plan this in late 2012 and probably do it in late...Read more
Fans of Webform CiviCRM Integration will be happy to hear that version 2 is now available for testing. And if you're not already a fan of that module, this might put you over the edge.
With version 1, you were able to:
- Create/update a single Individual via webform
- Log a simple activity for that contact when the form was submitted
- Allow the user to opt-in to groups
- Tag contacts
Version 2 take that to a whole new level, giving you the ability to:
- Expose a virtually unlimited number of contacts per webform (so your users can enter their entire family, team, etc. on a single form).
- It handles any type of contact, and supports multiple addresses, emails, phones, websites, and custom fieldgroups per contact.
- Create Relationships between the multiple contacts on the form!
- It also exposes activity fields...
On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week we had the a CiviCRM Code Sprint in San Francisco. We had a total of 9 participants over 2 days: Arthur from the WikiMedia Foundation, Micah from Electronic Frontier Foundation, Coleman and Brylie from Woolman - Sierra Friends Center, Peter and Adam from Giant Rabbit, Stacy from elMobile and Dave and Lobo from CiviCRM. Here are a few things that we worked on during the sprint.
- Peter from Giant Rabbit gave a demo of the CiviCRM install for Compass Point and specifically the event management system. One of the requirements was the ability to allow multiple people to sign up for multiple events at the same time. They developed a new drupal module that interfaces with CiviCRM event api and database. You can...
CiviCRM versions 3.4.2 and 4.0.2 include a new feature allowing administrators to configure CiviCRM to use Drupal input formats along with their associated WYSIWYG profiles as the WYSIWYG editor. This provides some great benefits for users:
- A consistent WYSIWYG experience for administrators who use both Drupal to work with content and CiviCRM
- The ability to write and use Drupal input formats to process text in a way already familiar for lots of developers
- When paired with a few other modules, a way to provide an integrated file browser and uploader right in the Wysiwyg editor when working with mailings, events, etc.
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