Recipe for handling youth registration with CiviCRM

Do you need to allow parents to register their children? Tired of using custom data fields on a child to collect information about their parents and emergency contacts?    Would you like the information collected during the registration to create (or update) the various contact records needed in the back-office?  Then this blog post is for you. This recipe creates a contact record for each child, each parent, each emergency contact, the household contact, and also builds the appropriate relationships between each contact.

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Do you currently use CiviCRM?  Are you looking to expand and deepen your knowledge in CiviCRM?  Do you ever wonder if you could use CiviCRM for other functions at work?  Do you want to share the great results you’ve achieved by using CiviCRM?  

Announcing CiviCRM 4.6.20 and 4.7.10 Release

The team is super excited to announce that CiviCRM 4.6.20 and 4.7.10 is now available for downloading


Special Thanks

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:

CiviHR- the MVP

HR is difficult.  Especially if you’re a non-profit, seeking a system that is both affordable and comprehensive.

Many of you will have heard we are working on a project called CiviHR. This a project to make a great open source HR system for non-profits.

With seed funding from the Zing foundation, CiviHR is a fully featured HR system, based on a core of CiviCRM and Drupal, that will be freely available for non-profit organisations.

Why updating the CiviCRM website is Critical

Who is the most important person navigating the CiviCRM website?  Without a doubt, it is the person looking to explore CiviCRM as a possibility for their organization. Making a good impression when this “uninformed user” first navigates to the website is critical.
Until recently it was difficult for the uninformed user to navigate the CiviCRM website. The website simply had too many options and it was unclear how best to proceed.   Too often this meant people getting lost in the site and not navigating to helpful pages.

From Accidental Techie to CiviCRM Contributor

I discovered CiviCRM as I was transitioning from accidental techie to intentional techie. While it's true that a TRS-80 Color Computer featured heavily in my childhood — I would secretly leave it powered on for the days it would take me to key in the recipes from Getting Started with Color BASIC, as we didn't have the cassette storage peripheral that would have allowed me to save my progress — I never set out to become... well, a geek.

PSA: Please verify PHP extension "mysqli"

To ensure that CiviCRM continues to work with standard, contemporary PHP hosting platforms, a future version may make a subtle change in hosting requirements. We expect this to be mostly seamless; however, we're looking for administrators responsible for sites running a recent CiviCRM (e.g. v4.7+) to spend a few minutes to help ensure a smooth transition.

Q: I'm not too fluent in geek-speak. What should I do?

Forward this to whoever manages your server. If you work with a CiviCRM partner, they may be thinking of you already.

Mapping it in 5-10min - a CiviCON 2016 Lightning Talk

Someone asked me to post this here - so that he can give it a try!

I did a Lightning Talk at CiviCON 2016 showing how you can put your Contacts on a Leaflet Map. It only takes a few minutes to put your CiviCRM Contacts on a Leaflet Map if you're using Drupal. Leaftlet is an open-source JavaScript Library for interactive maps. In addition what's really cool is that you can color the PIN based on the value of a CiviCRM custom field!

I've posted the details in a QA format including some of my slides from my CiviCON Lightning Talk on CiviCRM's StackExchange site: