19 April, 2011

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...

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16 April, 2011
Filed under Drupal

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.

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09 April, 2011
By kurund
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Extensions, Meetups

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...

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05 April, 2011
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla

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...

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04 April, 2011
By hershel
Filed under v3.3, CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla
There are three ways one can customize the look of CiviCRM pages:
  1. Customizing CiviCRM templates
  2. Custom CSS in a Joomla! template or Drupal theme
  3. Custom jQuery code
In this post we will review them and provide a few examples of the most complicated method, jQuery manipulation. Customizing CiviCRM templates This method is described in depth on our wiki under Theming CiviCRM and the subpages therein. The advantage of this method is that it is fairly easy to make simple changes. The disadvantage is that upgrades may significantly change the core templates and thus require one to redo the customizations “from scratch." Custom CSS in a Joomla! template or Drupal theme If your site uses a custom template or theme, then using normal CSS rules, one can fairly simply override the core CiviCRM CSS rules and replace them with your own... Read more
15 March, 2011
By jalama
Filed under CiviMail, Drupal, Extensions

Rooty Hollow is excited to announce the release of our Constant Contact Integration module for CiviCRM.  If you are not able or willing to deal with sending bulk e-mails form your host this module is for you.

 
A year ago or so we quietly published a module on drupal.org (sorry Drupal only at this point) to allow for synchronization between contacts in CiviCRM and Constant Contact.  Thanks to funding from Constant Contact we recently were able to work out the kinks in the module and have posted it to a release candidate just this week.  The original work on the module was  developed by Fidelity Investments' LEAP Program in partnership with the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers thanks to an opportunity made possible by Common Impact.
 
The core fucntionlity of this module is:
  • Upload contacts from a CiviCRM installation...
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24 February, 2011
By michal
Filed under v3.4 and v4.0, Drupal, Joomla

It's been a while since CiviCRM 3.3 went stable and the world around changed a bit: Drupal 7 and Joomla 1.6 were released. Since making CiviCRM work with new versions of these two CMSes required some backwards incompatible changes, we're releasing two versions of CiviCRM:

  • 4.0.alpha1 for Drupal 7 and Joomla 1.6
  • 3.4.alpha1 for Drupal 6 and Joomla 1.5

Please remember this is an ALPHA release and it should NOT be used on production sites - however, we enourage you to install it on your test sites and let us know about any bugs or problems.

There are a few public sandboxes where you can try one (or many) of above versions:

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13 February, 2011
By xcf33
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal

When I first started to use CiviCRM, because of all the functionalities and features. Often overlooked is the fact that there's no confirmation email option for users who completes a profile form.

 

A confirmation email in this case help reinforce the relationship between the organization and its users. As I understand this feature has been sought before and perhaps it is time to bring into CiviCore?

 

A new forum topic for this can be found below:

http://forum.civicrm.org/index.php/topic,18409.msg76483.html
 

Taking a first crack at making this available for the current CiviCRM versions, I have created a module that can be found below:

https://github.com/emotive/CiviCRM-profile-notification

 

The drupal module utilizes current CiviCRM message...

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04 February, 2011

The webform module is a great way to collect info from your contacts, perfect for things like application forms, surveys, contact forms, feedback forms, etc. The hard part is getting those form submissions to actually link to your CiviCRM contacts... until now.

Until now, getting your webforms to work with CiviCRM was a little like Groundhog Day. You wake up in the morning, create the usual form (First Name, Last Name, Address, City, State, Zip, Phone Number, Email, etc.). An hour later, you're done with the easy part. Now you have to write a custom PHP script to intercept those form submissions, call up the Civi APIs (go A team!), and start trying to match up field keys to API $params. It's kind of tedious, and doesn't always work the first time (was it supposed to be 'prefix_id' or 'individual_prefix' or 'individual_prefix_id'?). But a few hours and a few dozen test submissions later you've got it all working. Now...

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23 January, 2011
By xavier
Filed under Drupal, Training

We’re preparing a CiviCRM developer camp in Brussels on February 3rd and 4th – right before FOSDEM 2011 and Drupal Days. Developer Camps are a place where CiviCRM developers, administrators and users can get together around CiviCRM.

 

We’d like you to let us know what you want to see at the camp by commenting on the wiki page. The developer camp is aimed at those that want to learn more about CiviCRM from the people involved in its development. If you are interested in improving your CiviCRM admin skills, learning more about developing with CiviCRM or helping improve the product in any other way, then this camp is for you. FOSDEM meetings are recognized as ‘The best Free Software and Open Source events in Europe’ and participation is free, so coming to Brussels for the FOSDEM weekend might be a...

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