WHAT'S NEW IN CIVICRM 4.7.16
- Core CiviCRM updates:
My clients regularly need to import data from sources such as Just Giving, CAF, and various other sources like Mailchimp downloads. The problem they had was that the data was a mix of contact and contributions, and some of the rows belonged to new contacts, others belonged to existing contacts. Sometimes they had a scrappy list of names and emails where the name was all in one field instead of split out. You know the sort of thing.
At the time (a few years ago) I knocked together a Drupal module to help pre-process this data so that it could be used efficiently with CiviCRM's built in import functions. I made it in Drupal because that was quickest for me to develop a solution and they used Drupal, but I've now re-written it as a native CiviCRM extension that should work for Drupal users, and the ever proud and cheerful (but wrong) Wordpress fans alike. Maybe even Joomla. ;-)
How does it help me?
It takes your spreadsheet (...Read more
It's a time of year when machines and people get stressed, particularly in countries where tax laws and custom favour end-of-year donations. And if you've ever managed a CiviCRM installation, the last thing you probably want is to interrupt your end-of-year festivities with an issue of someone being unable to make a donation.
But of course, it's inevitable - there are no fool-proof systems. There's always someone trying to make a last minute donation with an old Internet Explorer 6 for example. And chances are, you got a call with something like 'your website is down' - no name, no time, no url, etc.
If you're using iATS Payments for your CiviCRM payment processing, then there's a useful diagnostic tool that I'd like to share here.
In case you're not already convinced - diagnosing the real issue is the most important first step. If you're able to trace the interaction of the donor with the server via web logs, then that's often extremely useful (e.g. it'll...Read more
We're pleased to announce availability of CiviCRM v4.7.13 and v4.6.23.
This release was heavily influenced by the contributors from the sprints in Maryland and Edale and benefited from an extended release-candidate period. Combining the efforts of on-site and face-to-face contributions, this release addressed over 100+ JIRA issues and 170+ pull-requests.
Given the breadth of work, it is difficult to summarize this release, but you can find more information in the JIRA issue tracker and the Github patch tracker:
- JIRA Issues: https://issues.civicrm.org/jira/issues/?jql=project%20%3D%20CRM%20AND%20fixVersion%20%3D%204.7.13%20ORDER%20BY%...
The latest release of CiviCRM 4.6 and 4.7 includes security fixes. We recommend upgrading to 4.7.11 or 4.6.21 to ensure the security of your site and data. The latest releases include 9 security fixes and improvements. A number of other non-security issues have also been fixed in the latest releases.
To determine the impact of security fixes and improvements on your system, please review these advisories:
- CIVI-SA-2016-04: SQL injection in CiviCRM installer
- CIVI-SA-2016-11: Potential backtrace leak
- CIVI-SA-2016-12: SQL...
The team is super excited to announce that CiviCRM 4.6.20 and 4.7.10 is now available for downloading
Community support and engagement is the force that sustains and drives CiviCRM forward. This release would not have been possible without the incredible contributions of many people. For the August 3rd release, special thanks go to:
- Big thanks to Joe Murray who spearheaded the release as Release Manager and recruited folks to participate in the review process, and to Eileen McNaughton who stewarded the review of many code contributions as well as contributing many herself.
- An especially big thanks and congratulations to first time code contributors: Philippe Sampont, Bob Silvern.
- Stan Dragnev,...
The team is super excited to announce that CiviCRM 4.6.19 and 4.7.9 is now available for downloading
Community support and engagement is the force that sustains and drives CiviCRM forward. This release would not have been possible without the incredible contributions of many people. For the July 6th release, special thanks go to:
- Big thanks to Joe Murray who spearheaded the release as Release Manager and recruited folks to participate in the review process, and to Eileen McNaughton who stewarded the review of many code contributions.
- Alan Dixon, Allen Shaw, Eileen McNaughton, Chris Burgess, Johan Vervloet, Jon Goldberg, Joseph Lacey, Niels Heinemann, Samuel Vanhove and members of the core team (Coleman Watts,...
The latest release of CiviCRM 4.6 and 4.7 includes security fixes. We recommend upgrading to 4.7.8 or 4.6.17 to ensure the security of your site and data. The latest releases include 2 moderately critical fixes. A number of other non-security issues have also been fixed in the latest releases.
- CIVI-SA-2016-09: Risk of information disclosure in packaged library
- CIVI-SA-2016-10: Insufficient permission check when editing own contact
The Mandrill email sending service, which a lot of CiviCRM sites were using as a cheap and reliable way to send emails, recently announced major changes in their operations and pricing structure that will certainly make it a lot less attractive to CiviCRM site owners.
But Sparkpost, another major email sending platform, stepped up to the plate in order to attract Mandrill customers and announced plans that include up to 100,000 free emails per month, which will be in effect for the life of the account. Clearly a very attactive offer, specifically as SparkPost is an email delivery service created by Message Systems, one of the leaders in (MTA) platforms designed for sending and receiving large volumes of...Read more
We are excited to announce the stable releases for 4.6.15 and 4.7.6.
(UPDATE, April 7, 2016 -- 4.7.5 was superceded by 4.7.6 due to a small but critical regression.)
What's New In CiviCRM 4.7
- Administrator Status Page - Provides CiviCRM site administrators a single place to check configuration issues including cron status, permissions, optimal system settings, etc.
- Dedupe improvements - Optimizes duplicate contact identification and merging for organizations with large numbers of duplicates.
- Changes to WYIWYG editor - Incorporates the new CK Configurator directly in CiviCRM, allowing easy...