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...Read more
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.
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...Read more
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.
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...Read more
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…
- Link your existing contribution page with simple donate form....
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...Read more
CiviCase is a case-management system for tracking multistep interactions with constituents -- such as social support services, constituent services, and applications for employment. The CiviCase toolset enables organizations to provide a more consistent quality-of-service to their constituents by setting out a base timeline for the services to provide to each constituent. This is a powerful tool that can be adapted to a variety of organizations and requirements. Unfortunately, the initial configuration process for CiviCase currently requires some technical skill -- the site administrator must prepare an XML file, copy the file to server, test, and repeat until the XML file is just right. Thanks to the support of the National Democratic Institute, that's going to change -- we're going to make it easier for site administrators to setup CiviCase without requiring deep technical skills.
Did that get your attention?
Unfortunately it's not as simple as just coming up with ideas and waiting for a check from Google. As a community, CiviCRM has to apply to even be part of the program. We are still looking for both more project ideas and more mentors to include in CiviCRM's application to be a mentoring organization in Google Summer of Code 2014.
I've been told this blog post was too long. So the tl;dr summary is that organizations with project ideas and developers interested in mentoring a Google Summer of Code student should add their ideas and information to Google Summer of Code 2014 Wiki.
At this point in the process we are trying to make CiviCRM appealing to both potential students and Google. Several months ago we started updating the wiki of project idea...Read more