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Introducing Yootheme + CiviCRM

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2021-01-18 11:54
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With a bridge between Yootheme Pro and CiviCRM, publishing CiviCRM content on the front end of your Joomla! or WordPress website just got a lot easier!

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Easier creation of email newsletters - New version

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2015-05-24 07:24
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When preparing an email newsletter, one part of it that is time consuming is gathering together all the content that is needed. In my experience, virtually all the content already exists elsewhere, such as in the local CMS, in CiviCRM, or on a blog, or some other online source.    So I was thinking how can I make this process easier.  What I did: I created mail merge tokens for CiviCRM that autofill a list of recent blog posts, stories, or any other type or category of CMS content.

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Easier creation of email newsletters - Content Tokens!

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2014-11-24 16:15
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When preparing an email newsletter, one part of it that is time consuming is gathering together all the content that is needed. In my experience, virtually all the content already exists elsewhere, such as in the local CMS, in CiviCRM, or on a blog, or some other online source.    So I was thinking how can I make this process easier.  What I did: I created mail merge tokens for CiviCRM that autofill a list of recent blog posts, stories, or any other type of CMS content.

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Making CiviCRM and Content Management Systems Better "Together as a Whole"

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2014-11-23 11:12
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When I started using CiviCRM almost 5 years ago, I was amazed at how many things it could bring to a website right out of the box. The more I used it, the more I wanted to, and saw potential beyond simply keeping contact information, collecting donations, or managing events. CiviCRM is a game-changer. It was shortly after getting into a couple of large projects that the shine started to wear off just a little. Things started getting complicated and working with a CMS whose name is a Swahili word meaning, "all together" or "as a whole.", this was anything but.

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DC Sprint - Drupal and Joomla and WordPress

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2014-09-17 06:53
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I just returned from my first CiviCRM sprint. It was called the DC Sprint, but as Jeremy has already posted, we were actually in Maryland.

As a first time attendee of a CiviCRM conference and sprint, I really did not know what to expect. I was very pleased that both WordPress and Joomla! received some real attention at the sprint and I hope we are heading to a place where CiviCRM can be truly CMS agnostic.

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Sprinting in the wilds of Maryland

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2014-09-16 10:02
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We're approaching the middle of the third day of the 2014 East Coast code sprint, situated in a bucolic farmhouse just outside of Frederick, Maryland. The location has made this sprint a little different, with some people being able to commute back and forth. In total, 14 or so sprinters have been working on webtests, improvements to CiviVolunteer, and improvements to buildkit for all platforms, which some renewed focus on Joomla and Wordpress.

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Cron for Joomla 2.5.18+/J3.2.1+ Users

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2014-02-14 04:57
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A number of forum posts popped up over the last week+ with issues running the system cron job. The cron would report the user/password is incorrect and unable to authenticate, even though the credentials were correct. The issues started to arise around the time v4.4.4 was released so most people thought it was due to changes in that release.

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CiviCRM Mobile Client WebApp

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2013-08-27 13:58
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For the past several months, my team at the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame have been working on developing a mobile client for CiviCRM. It is now hosted on GitHub HERE.

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4.4 Alpha 2 Release

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2013-08-22 12:56
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The second alpha release of CiviCRM 4.4 is now available for downloading AND you can try it out on the 4.4 sandbox site!

We Need You to Try it Out!

Excited to try the new features in this release? Please do! Great software requires great testers, and you can help. You don't need to be super technical to participate in this way, but your participation will make a huge difference.

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CiviCRM at JoomlaDay NYC

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2012-08-04 09:56
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If you are a Joomla+CiviCRM user or implementer in the New York City region, you may be interested in some upcoming sessions at JoomlaDay NYC, September 22-23. Details are here: http://www.joomladaynyc.com/

On Saturday I'll be leading an Intro to CiviCRM session that will provide an overview of CiviCRM functionality and touch on some key administrator/implementer considerations.

On Sunday we'll do a developer session that covers implementing CiviCRM hooks through Joomla plugins, PHP/tpl override directories, and an introduction to the API.

If anyone from the CiviCRM community is considering attending and has specific things they'd like to see covered, please comment through this blog and I'll see if I can work it in.

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Community Tuneup Session: A report back

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2012-04-07 23:40
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At CiviCon, Gunner from Aspiration Tech facilitated a session with the entire community soliciting feedback, discussion and comments on the project. It was a good opportunity for everyone to give feedback on the state of the project, things that we are doing a good job with, and things that we can improve. We ended up doing a collaborative grouping of the feedback in various categories and sorting the comments.

Some of the positives that are worth highlighting include:

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Reflections from CiviCon

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2012-04-05 11:03
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We had our 4th CiviCon in San Francisco a few days back. It was a very well attended event with very high quality sessions. We hope to have most of the videos online in the next few weeks. I'm quite keen on watching all the sessions that I had to miss. There were lots of highlights for me personally during this event, i'll make an attempt to recreate some of them here:

  • The quality of the talks I attended were very high. Most groups are using CiviCRM very creatively and pushing the limits in multiple ways. We need to continue on increasing the extensibility thus giving developers / integrators more choice.
  • The quality of the Birds of a Feather session was very high. Unfortunately these were not recorded. Jim's talk on how they use Civi for theatre registration and season passes at BACT, Peters talk on CiviMobile and Rachna and Jason's talk on PopVox, CiviCRM and Advocacy were super impressive. A blog post on Popvox and CiviCRM is coming soon, definitely opens up the wide world of advocacy and contacting your congress-person/senator for CiviCRM users.
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Announcing CiviCRM 4.1

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2012-02-15 03:08
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The team is excited to announce the first stable release of version 4.1  - with support for Drupal 7, Drupal 6, Joomla 1.7/2.5, and Wordpress 3.3. You can download the release now from Sourceforge.

We strongly recommend that you upgrade a test copy of your site and review your critical workflows before upgrading your production site. You can also test-drive the release on each platform using the public demos:

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CiviCRM 2011 Accomplishments and Highlights

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2012-01-11 12:48
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CiviCRM had a very successful year in 2011. The project grew significantly in different areas and we made progress on a few long standing issues. The biggest change in our opinion is the increase in community involvement across all aspects of the project.

 

  • We had 1 major release  which supported Drupal 6, Joomla 1.5 (v3.4) and Drupal 7, Joomla 1.6 (v4.0). We also had 13 minor releases in 2011. A chart of the types of organizations using CiviCRM can be found here along with the usage of various components.
  • We held the 2nd North America CiviCon in Chicago which was organized by Young-Jin Kim from  Emphanos. The 1st CiviCon Europe was held in London and organized by Michael McAndrew, Third Sector Design and David Moreton, Circle Interactive. Each of the conferences had 100+ attendees. We also held user and developer training, and code sprints around these conferences
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CiviCon 2012 in San Francisco - April 2nd 2012

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2011-12-22 21:26
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The CiviCRM team invites you to CiviCon 2012

 

CiviCon – the annual conference for CiviCRM developers, implementers, administrators and users – is happening in the San Francisco Bay Area on April 2nd. Early bird registration is just $75 and ends less than a month away on January 30th, so reserve your spot now.

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Looking to the future ...

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2011-08-13 21:09
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CiviCon London is only 1 week away which means it's time to draft a "State of the Project" presentation for the opening session. It's a good time to look up from our computer screens so we can think about and discuss goals for the next few years.

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Joomla CiviCRM Membership Authentication and ACL Plugin v2

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2011-06-16 00:13
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Want to control the Joomla ACL depending on a user’s membership status?

Version 2 of the Joomla CiviCRM Membership Authentication Plugin does precisely this for Joomla 1.6 and CiviCRM 4.0 users. 

  • Allows users to login with either their username or email address

  • Uses the Joomla user table to authenticate

  • Checks that that user has a current CiviCRM membership record

  • Sets the Joomla Access Level depending on the users membership status

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CiviCRM + CiviCase = EHR/EMR + Crisis Response System

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2011-06-07 14:20
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I have been leveraging the CiviCase component of CiviCRM to help a crisis response organization transition to a paperless process.  I was originally tasked with "fixing" a Microsoft implementation of a custom web application written in VBScript and MS SQL Server but after fighting with the former developers horrible code I finally decided to migrate the system over to an open source LAMP implementation leveraging J! 1.5 and CiviCRM 3.1.

 

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Joomla! Modules Using CiviCRM API 3

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2011-06-05 09:07
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A great thing in CiviCRM v3.4 and v4.0 is that for Joomla! users there is a new helper file that makes it very easy to access the CiviCRM API. That combined with version 3 of the API makes it easier than ever to put CiviCRM data anywhere in your site. I'm going to show you how I made a module that shows the groups a logged in user is a member of. Because it uses the API this can display on any page whether or not it is a CiviCRM page.

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Hooks and Joomla!

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2011-05-15 15:27
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One of the best things about CiviCRM 3.4 and 4 for Joomla! users is that hooks are now implemented using the Joomla! plugin system. This actually has always worked, but it was not documented and now it's implemented a lot more cleanly.

 

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2011: A CiviCRM Odyssey - Setting up CiviCRM for your organization with virtually no budget or experience.

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2011-04-20 21:02
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My name is Tim and I am a board member for the Open Roads Bike Program (http://www.openroadsbike.org/), a Kalamazoo, Michigan youth development program, founded in 2009, that teaches social skills and bike mechanic skills to youth in our community. This program began as a one-time program created by my friend Ethan Alexander, funded by a grant from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. For this our third year, the board has put together a plan to turn this great idea into a permanent, self-sustaining organization - with help from CiviCRM.

 

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CiviCRM 3.4 and 4.0 stable released!

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2011-04-20 14:00
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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
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Make It Happen: Extend support for Drupal 6 and Joomla 1.5 to Dec 2011

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2011-04-05 16:06
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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 ensure that these releases will be supported at least till Mar, 2012. Based on our current schedule, Drupal 6 / Joomla 1.5 will not be supported from Sep, 2011.

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How to Customize CiviCRM Pages with jQuery

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2011-04-04 10:57
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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.
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Two versions at once? CiviCRM versions 3.4.alpha1 and 4.0.alpha1 are available!

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2011-02-24 06:36
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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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