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...Read more
- End users...
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...Read more
- 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).
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...Read more
[F]orget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. --Kahlil Gibran
[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,...Read more
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
The following notes were gathered from the CiviCon session on what the community would like to see in CiviCRM 4.0:
* 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...
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...
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 beta 2 was released on 9/3. If...Read more