18 March, 2016

It's becoming a common request from our clients to find user-friendly ways to integrate CiviCRM data with the rest of their Drupal website functionality. Oftentimes content creators without direct user access to CiviCRM need to do simple things, such as create, update, and delete contacts in simple, specific ways. 

Example Use Case

A hypothetical organization advertises various community service projects that they organize and coordinate. Each service project can have it's own page, created by adding a Project content type to display a description, images, videos, slideshows or other information for each project. You'll probably use a View to show multiple Project listings on a page. All that is standard Drupal site building content and functionality. No problem.

But what if the organization wants to display to the user the Project Coordinator(s), which they also want to store in...

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14 October, 2015

For a lot of new users, CiviCRM can be confusing and intimidating: there are many menu options, the software can do so much, they simply don't know where to start, where to get help, how to ... Get Started with CiviCRM!

Cividesk decided to tackle this challenge and has created a new dashlet that will be displayed on each user's home screen. This dashlet does provide an 'orientation' screen with pointers to documentation, helpful resources as well as links to the community. Here is what is currently looks like:

This new Getting Started dashlet is part of the upcoming 4.7 release (and you can test it on the demo site), but will also be part of the next 4.6 and LTS...

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28 August, 2015
By pkeogan
The Sustainable Furnishings Council is an educational and marketing organization, promoting healthy environments, inside and outside.  The council promotes sustainable practices among furniture manufacturers, retailers, and consumers alike. 
 
As we're seeing with many of our member driven clients, the Sustainable Furnishings Council wanted to create a visually stunning, mobile friendly website emphasizing member promotion as a way to add exposure and value to their members.    Member promotion drives value because the organization's website often has relatively high traffic compared to an individual member website and thus acts as an important referral source.  To do this effectively,  choosing the right combination of Website tool (CMS) and backend database (CMS/AMS) is essential.  Almost always, the CiviCRM/Drupal combination is an excellent tool set choice...
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11 July, 2015

At the code sprint after CiviCon Denver, Tyrell Cook and I tackled some much-needed updates to Civi's wysiwyg system. A wysiwyg editor (what you see is what you get) is the mini word processor you use to compose emails, activities, notes, and other rich-text in CiviCRM forms. The old integration was written back in the days when CiviCRM wasn't so flexible (before extensions, or core resources) and aside from letting you pick between two editors, offered no other configuration options (e.g. to decide what buttons would be in the editor's toolbar). Plenty of room for improvement there, here's what we accomplished:

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Configurable CKEditor

CKEditor is the most popular wysiwyg for...

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02 June, 2015

I am Tahir Ramzan, pursuing Masters in Computer Science at Virtual University of Pakistan. I am working on refunds, partial refunds and partial payments development for CiviCRM. Parvez Saleh and Joe Murray are mentoring this project.

Refunds and Partial Refunds:

Often, we need to tackle situation where one needs to make partial or full refunds. After this project users will be able to make refunds with friendly user interface and proper database records.

Concerns:

  • How to represent an administrative fee for refund? Who will pay this, buyer or seller?
  • How to link the refund with the original contribution?
  • Which method to use for processing refunds?  Check, payment processor or both.

Partial Payments:

Partial payments on the other hand need to be done when someone pays a part of payment contribution in installments. This will be very useful for CiviCRM users for...

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28 January, 2015

I’ve been spending a lot of time the past few weeks working with alpha versions of our upcoming 4.6 release, and I’m excited to share some of the cool new features and improvements. This release includes contributions of vision and code from a wide variety of end-users and implementers. The fact that our entire community reaps the benefits reminds me once again of the awesome power of open source collaboration.

I know how easy it is to miss some new feature in a release that you or your client could really benefit from - so I’ll try to dig down a bit and cover some of the smaller improvements. But first, a shout out to the continuing momentum in improvements to the overall user experience through the addition of short-cuts, more inline editing capabilities, more usable widgets, increased consistency,  and overall responsiveness. As both an end-user and an active tester, I’m really enjoying these improvements and I hope you are too. Kudos to Coleman Watts for leading the...

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09 January, 2015
By totten

If you've been following the CiviCRM blog, you probably noticed the reports from Google Summer of Code 2014: Siddhant Rajagopalan built a new CiviMail composition screen, and Aditya Nambiar built an A/B testing system. In late 2014, the core team extended this work (revising architecture, adding missing features, and fixing bugs), and 4.6.alpha1 is the first downloadable release to include the refreshed CiviMail. I want to give a quick tour of some of the UI's and changes.

Layouts

CiviMail is a powerful tool with a lot of options. Of course, options come at a cost -- they increase complexity and make an application harder to use. In designing the revised CiviMail UI, we want a...

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09 December, 2014
By Nileema

As mentioned by Tony in his blog, we have recently released “Simple Donate” extension that allows you to have a pretty and responsive donation pages. I want to take this opportunity to share some implementation details for this extension.

CiviCRM and API

We made a conscious effort not to add more configurations and decided to use existing contribution page settings. So the only thing that you need to do is link your existing contribution page with our extension.

AngularJS

CiviCRM already has support for angular extension. It was fairly easy to learn and develop front-end based on angular framework. It also helped in implementing client-side validations for most of the user related and payment related fields. Angular was...

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24 November, 2014

At Web Access we’re constantly exploring new technologies and challenging our engineers to come up with new, and useful software solutions. This exercise allows us to hone our skills, motivate our teams, and keeps us thinking outside of the box. At times, such as this, it gives us a little something to boast about.

We thought it would be really useful for the community if there were a simpler way to donate in CiviCRM. So we set out to simplify the donation process. What we’ve come up with is the “Simple Donate” extension which allows the administrator to link existing donation pages with our new sleek, user friendly and responsive donation page. The genesis of this idea came from the blog post here

Pen and paper ready? Here’s how it works…

  1. Link your existing contribution page with simple donate form....
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27 May, 2014
By teja

This week, I began work on my Google Summer of code 2014 project “Bootstrap and CiviCRM”. The project was proposed and selected to address the following goals:

1. Improve the user interface of CiviCRM

2. Provide a consistent and scalable UI framework for developers to extend/customize CiviCRM

3. Make CiviCRM compatible with mobile devices

Bootstrap was chosen as the framework of choice after much debate and discussion with the community. We also understand the enormous scope of the project and its long term implications in terms of changes to the codebase and existing extensions. We understand that GSoC coding period is too small to bring about changes to all components of CiviCRM. Instead, we have decided to focus on creating a solid process and documentation that can be taken forward by the community. In this context, after brainstorming with my mentors, we came up with a few possibilities on how to...

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