The CiviCRM team is pleased to announce the formation of the CiviCRM Advisory Group. We chose folks that could represent the various constituencies and different regions, and who have been active in the community. Without further ado, the advisory group members are:
- Brian Shaughnessy - an independent Joomla consultant in Albany, New York.
- Claire Sauve - from British Columbia's Physician Health Program and the CiviCase project manager.
- Cynthia Tarascio - from Philadelphia is the project manager at American Friends Service Committee (AFSC).
- Joe Murray - is a Drupal consultant based in Toronto.
- Michael McAndrew - from the United Kingdom and was instrumental in forming a CiviCRM network of users and developers in the UK.
- Peter Davis - from New Zealand and has a background in political activism, communications and sustainability advocacy....
The second BETA release of version 2.2 - including CiviCase, Personal Campaign Pages, Soft Credits, Multi-value Custom Fields and more - is now available for download. This release includes approximately 20 bug fixes, as well as some improvements in the personal campaign page and custom data / multiple records features. It also includes two new hooks for developers (CRM-4105 and CRM-4094).
You can use the automated upgrade script to upgrade from 2.1.x OR from any previous 2.2 alpha or 2.2 beta 1. This release will be fully upgrade-able to any additional beta versions as well as 2.2 stable. Please help ensure a quality stable release by downloading and testing 2.2 beta against a copy of your site and data.
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The first BETA release of version 2.2 - including CiviCase, Personal Campaign Pages, Soft Credits, Multi-value Custom Fields and more - is now available for download. You can use the automated upgrade script to upgrade from 2.1.x OR from a 2.2 alpha site. This release will be fully upgrade-able to any additional beta versions as well as 2.2 stable. Please help ensure a quality stable release by downloading and testing 2.2 beta against a copy of your site and data.... If this is your first look at 2.2, check out the 2.2 Roadmap for a good overview. Or you can review a compete listing of new features, improvements and bug fixes on the issue tracker.
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UPDATE: Please use the v2.2 beta downloads. The below version is now obsolete
In conjunction with some awesome folks in the Joomla core team and Elin Waring (mcsmom), we've restructured the CiviCRM install process for J! 1.5.9 in the hope of increasing the install success rate on shared hosting. There are changes to the front end (contributed by Elin) to simplify menu creation.
Note that this is alpha code, so please use and deploy on a test site only. You need to be running a recent version of Joomla 1.5 (we recommend Joomla 1.5.9). You can either choose either option: install from directory or install from url. Ideally we'd like to see if the install succeeded via both methods. Please do not choose Upload Package File option.
If you are using this option, please ensure that the "tmp" directory under Joomla root has write access for the webserver (chmod a+rwx tmp). If you need help or assistance contact us on IRC...Read more
Introduction to CiviCaseClaire Sauve from Physician Health Program will be joining me in presenting an introduction to our new CiviCase component. The session will be an online web conference with phone dial-in, so participants can discuss interests and questions. No pre-registration is required - but drop me an email if you're planning on attending - dave at civicrm dot org. When: Wednesday, February 4 at 11:00am PST Toll Free Dial-in (U.S. & Canada): 1-866-740-1260 International Dial-in: click here for listings Participant Access Code: 8467471 Web Conference URL: https://www1.callinfo.com/prt?host=readytalk&an=8667401260&ac=8467471
Depending on participant interest, topics will include:
- CiviCase background concepts
- Physician Health Program implementation...
I spent some time analyzing data that we've been collecting over the past few months. In v2.1 we added a ping back feature which lets us know what component folks are using and the size of some of the tables (which gives us an estimate of the size of the site etc). All information is hashed and we do not record any IP addresses. Details of what we collect are in a prior blog post
- So far we've received more than 8600 unique pingbacks: 5000 (64% drupal, 36% joomla) from v2.0; 3600 from v2.1(56% drupal, 43% joomla). This means that the sites installed CiviCRM successfully and navigated to the admin screen at least once. Interesting to see the large jump in 2.1 with the joomla user base. Is this because more folks have migrated to Joomla v1.5 vs Drupal 6?
- Of the 3600 2.1 sites, 1050 sites are using CiviCRM actively. This means that they have at least 10 or more contacts...
- CiviCase - case management component with configurable workflows (learn more...).
- Personal Campaign Pages - Allow constituents to create and promote their own personal fundraising pages in order to drive traffic to your organization's online contribution pages (learn more...).
- Simplified CiviMail Requirements - PHP-based option to handle return channel (bounces, replies ...) - replaces AMAVIS and simplifies installation and...
Joomla! Day UK is scheduled for March 13 and 14, 2009 in Kent. The organizers would like to include one or more CiviCRM-related sessions, depending on interest and availability of presenters.
If you are interested in or planning on attending OR if you are interested in helping to organize / present at a CiviCRM or NGO / Non-profit session - please post back to the forum topic.
If there's a decent number of folks planning on attending - we can look at organizing an additional user group meetup in Kent either before or after the conference (and possibly get one of our core team members to Kent to join in the fun).
- PHP return channel solution. This feature should enable more folks to install and run CiviMail. This will obsolete our amavisd return channel solution. No perl or sys admin / root access expertise needed any more :)
- Adding CiviMail as an "action" to search results. This feature will allow folks to send a mailing to a "dynamic smart group" and alleviate the need to create multiple groups just for civimail purposes. Thus if you want to send a targeted mailing to all the folks in the 94135 zip code in your "we want more green trees" group, you enter the relevant search parameters (check the group and type the zip code), do the search and invoke the "Send Bulk Email" action. You can read more about this issue here