10 January, 2017
By Stoob
Filed under Make it happen, Sprints, Teams

Hello world, I would like to introduce the idea of of CiviCRM "Community Fridays".   Let's coalesce our ongoing community efforts improving Civi around a certain day of the week: every Friday.

This is the idea of myself, Allen Shaw, Josh Gowans and and other partners.  Will you consider joining us?  Community Friday isn't just for bugs and developers... it's for marketing, end users and everyone.

Do what you've been doing, do more, or do less, whatever you feel is fair and necessary for your business.   We're just hoping that you try to do it on Fridays with us.

Why?  Like a global mini-sprint, we amplify our efforts when we coordinate together, thus...

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23 December, 2016
Filed under Extensions, Teams
The CiviCRM extension system has come a long way since its inclusion in version 3.3. There are currently over 250 extensions published in the Extensions Directory at civicrm.org, and scores more in public github.com repositories, offering a very wide range of improvements with just a few clicks.  If you haven’t yet taken advantage of available CiviCRM extensions, you’re probably missing out on quite a lot.  From managing API keys to preventing inadvertent data loss, extensions can make life a lot easier.
 
Over at the Extensions Working Group, we’re making careful progress toward improvements to the extension ecosystem, aiming to make it easier for all of us to do what we want with extensions:
  • End users...
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22 June, 2016
By jgowans

The Core Team has spent the past six months assessing its capacity, managing a cultural transition, and overseeing the CiviCRM project in a post-founder environment that requires a different approach to economic sustainability. The challenges and opportunities presented by this transition can’t be overstated. We’re confident that, with strong community support, we can evolve CiviCRM into a model open source project.

Before we do that, however, It’s important to recognize that not only are we undergoing a significant cultural change at CiviCRM, but that we’re also in a space (open source) in which there are few good business models. Needless to say, it’s very challenging to build a viable business based on freely giving your product away. CiviCRM’s own model has been based on community participation and has been financially supported by a relatively few number of individuals and organizations. Going forward, CiviCRM will become exceptional at cultivating its community for...

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05 June, 2016
By guyiac
Filed under Community, Extensions, Teams
With the introduction of the teams and working groups structure, the CiviCRM core team has created more opportunities than ever for community members to step forward and contribute in a clear, directed way. As part of that initiative, the Extensions Working Group has formed with the mission of ensuring a strong, vibrant, enduring extensions ecosystem for CiviCRM.
 
Our initial primary goals are:
  • to provide more guidance and direction for developers in the creation and publishing of extensions, and
  • to provide more clarity and better usability for users in finding and managing extensions through the multiple channels through which they are available (including the user interface, on CiviCRM.org, and on GitHub).
 
There was a productive working session during CiviCON where we identified some of the biggest pain points involved...
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10 October, 2014
Filed under CiviCRM, Schools, Teams, Tips

This goes out to CiviCRM users (yes YOU too!), admins and developers.

A key productivity tool in my day to day life is a set of Q&A websites called Stack Exchange. They have different sites for all sorts, from programming through to parenting(!). Typically, I'm on the programming ones usually, but stay with me, this isn't about to get technical.

What happens is that I'm getting on with my work and I get stuck on a problem that I'm sure a million others must have solved before. Or I'm doing something and I'm sure that there's a better/simpler/easier way. After the preliminary web searches fail me I'll hop over to the appropriate one of these Q&A sites where I'll hit the Ask A question button and start typing.

First this makes me phrase my problem as a question, and one that other people will be able to understand. This is a great discepline and...

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14 June, 2012
By brylie

Michael McAndrew

[F]orget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. --Kahlil Gibran

 

Yuba Confluence

[T]hat which is boundless in you abides in the mansion of the sky... --Kahlil Gibran

 

    [T]here are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy,...

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25 April, 2011

Eli Beckerman is the second winner of a copy of Using CiviCRM from Packt Publishing. Eli is excited about the potential of CiviCRM to organize bottom-up transformations to deal collaboratively with the many crises facing the world today.

Packt has also selected a runner-up in its contest: an experienced CiviCRM user from the City Bible Forum, ken, will get a downloadable eBook copy of the book.

Here's some background on Using CiviCRM from Packt's site:

What you will learn from this book:
  • Create a successful CiviCRM implementation project
  • Install and configure CiviCRM in Joomla! or Drupal, understand advanced configuration options, and review the upgrade process in detail
  • Get...
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26 April, 2010
By mbriney
The following notes were gathered from the CiviCon session on what the community would like to see in CiviCRM 4.0: * Goals * No new features * Framework switch * Not as major a rewrite as it looks * Don't want to change many of the private APIs * Want to switch away from pear * Test unit coverage * Better API hooks * What users would like to see * Continuous Integration * Hudson - as you submit code runs through suite of unit tests to see what's broken * Better decoupling * Drupal Forms API * * Better integration with Drupal DB layer * Scale better * Drush installation of managed hosting CRM * Support Aegir usage * * Better plugin architecture * Payment processors * Custom searches * Custom reports * * Better modularity * More custom modules directly to CiviCRM rather than rapid development in Drupal * Without... Read more
11 November, 2009
Filed under v3.1, CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla, Teams

The team is excited to announce that the first ALPHA release of version 3.1 is now available for download. You can also try it out on our sandbox site. Please remember this is an ALPHA release and it should NOT be used on production sites.

This release includes several major new features:

  • Contact Subtypes - Extend (and / or rename) the built-in contact types and create custom fields specific to a subtype (e.g. Staff vs. Volunteer custom fields). Thanks to the folks at Alpha International for sponsoring this much-requested feature (learn more...).
  • HTML Emails for Receipts, Event Confirmations and more - Templates for all system-generated emails are now stored in the database and editable by...
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09 September, 2009
Filed under Teams
Minutes for 09-02-2009 meeting - CRM - CiviCRM Wiki

Web redesign project

Plans are in the works to completely redesign the CiviCRM website to make it much easier to find information and to navigate around. This is a really important project and we could sure use your input so, if you'd like to contribute your thoughts, please take a look at the Information Architecture draft here: CiviCRM.org v2 IA. Additionally, you can view some of the notes from recent conference calls here: Redesign Web Presence. Work on the mockup is expected to begin in mid September, so the sooner we get your feedback, the better. Thanks!

3.0 release cycle and testing

3.0 beta 2 was released on 9/3....

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