Better Extensions for Users and Developers

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:

First Budapest CiviCRM Meetup

2nd  june 2016. we organized the first Budapest CiviCRM Meetup. Unfortunately  the attendance was low. We discussed the state of CiviCRM in Hungary, as now only 25 sites registered and 21 uses in Hungarian language.  Spent some time on the modules, shared our thoughts. Next Budapest CiviCRM Meetup will be in September this year.

CiviCon North West Europe 2016 was a good one!

This year we had the second CiviCon in North West Europe, which was in Woerden this year, a small town near Utrecht in The Netherlands. Before I tell you more about the event let me start by thanking our gold sponsors CiviCooP and Systopia and our bronze sponsors Orgis  and IT4nonprofit. It would not have been possible without them!

Announcing CiviCRM 4.6.17 and 4.7.8 Security Release

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.

CiviCRM - A unique CRM with a passionate community

In late 2009, we were looking for a better solution for one of our larger faith-based clients. The AMS and CRMs we investigated were either too expensive or too simplistic.  We had taken a hard look at CiviCRM about a year earlier, but we didn’t think it was ready.  However, with the release of CiviCRM 3.1, CiviCRM was more mature and gave us the flexibility and Drupal integration we needed.  CiviCRM was ready and so were we.

CiviCRM: Going Mobile

Anyone who has tried to login to their CiviCRM database via their phone knows the feeling: utter helplessness. You would even be forgiven for thinking CiviCRM is actively hostile to the small screen.

This initial experience of the un-initiated CiviCRM user on the phone will probably remain until the eventual adoption of the Bootstrap framework (a CSS framework with built-in mobile/responsive elements).

CiviCon is heading south!

On Friday 5 May 2017, CiviCRM developers and users will meet in Canberra, Australia for the first ever Australian CiviCon. The day will be a mix of technical sessions for developers and system administrators, as well as sessions to help community sector managers understand how to use CiviCRM to achieve their organisation's mission.
 

Introducing CiviCareers: the job listing for CiviCRM users

[CiviCareers logo]With over ten thousand organizations using CiviCRM worldwide, you might think it would be easy to find qualified, experienced people to hire for your job opportunities.  However, it can sometimes be a challenge for job seekers to know if their CiviCRM skills will be of use.

CiviCareers aims to change that.  The site brings together jobs at organizations worldwide who use CiviCRM to track and engage their supporters.  Jobs in fundraising, organizing, event planning, and more—executive and administrative—are available to browse.  Best of all, posting is free and easy.

4.7.8 Group Contact Cache deadlocks improvement

Busy sites have often encountered problems with deadlocks on the group contact cache. There were no less that 3 different code contributions to mitigate this problem put up for 4.7.8 and a number of other discussions have been going on in JIRA.

 

Merged into 4.7.8 are some improvements which we hope will mitigate this problem for those sites that experience it. JIRA is the primary source of information on this, however I wanted to share a brief overview.

 

Create "Member Only" Premiums with Early Bird Extension

About a year ago, IMBA's membership team noticed many of our members were renewing after their expiry date, and often after the "Lapsed" or grace period of two months we have in place. To help accelerate these renewals, our membership team decided to offer a "members only special"—a t-shirt normally reserved for $100 and up memberships for a lower membership fee of $50—if the member renewed as an "Early Bird" i.e. before their expiry date.

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