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11 January, 2017
Filed under CiviMail, Training

Civdesk is excited to announce our newest training opportunity - Effective Email Marketing with CiviMail. During this session you will learn how to best leverage CiviMail to get your emailing into your constituents Inbox and have your content read. 

During this two-hour training, you will learn about:

  • Best practices for getting emails in the inbox
  • Formatting do's and don'ts
  • Email client and readability testing
  • Using tokens including the Checksum token...
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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.

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09 January, 2017

JMA Consulting is pleased to welcome Jon Goldberg as our new Director of Operations effective today.

After a brief stint as a political organizer, Jon spent 13 years working in various capacities at a non-profit legal organization, primarily in IT.  In 2010 he co-founded Palante Technology Cooperative and started their CiviCRM department, where he worked for 7 years.  Outside of work, Jon can be found engaging in queer community organizing, (dis-)assembling electronics, and training parrots.

"I'm really excited to have Jon join us given his keen appreciation of how to help ...

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09 January, 2017
Filed under Drupal

Last week we had a fourth sprint to improve CiviCRM performance at the socialist party. 

During this sprint we started with looking at why the screen for adding and editing memberships loaded slow. The issue reported was that it took some time before the end date field jumped from the right side of the screen to the middle of the screen. It turned out that as long as the field was displayed at the right side the screen was still loading.  Timing this gave a time of about 18 seconds before the screen was fully loaded.

We discovered a few causes:

  • The javascript...
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08 January, 2017

LYRIC is a small non-profit that is entirely managed by volunteer attorneys.  Our mission is to teach youth how to safely exercise their Constitutional rights, and we do so by connecting with schools and community organizations and training volunteer attorneys to teach our curriculum to high schools students.

LYRIC teaches in over 32 Denver metro schools; in the last two years, we have taught over 6000 students.  Although LYRIC's purpose is singular and straightforward, in order to present just one LYRIC presentation-our board must engage...

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04 January, 2017
Filed under Release
First CiviCRM release this year has happened: CiviCRM v. 4.7.15 and 4.6.25 are now released. 
 
 

RELEASE NOTES:

Big thanks to Andrew Hunt from AGH Strategies for putting up together release notes for this version. 
The release notes for 4.7.15 can be accessed  here
 

SPECIAL THANKS:

 
Complete list of 4.7 contributors (it's a huge team!) can be found...
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02 January, 2017
By totten
Filed under Tools, Extensions, Tips

cv (https://github.com/civicrm/cv) and civix (https://github.com/totten/civix) are Unix/CLI tools for developers. cv provides access to your Civi site on the command line, and civix generates skeletal code for new extensions. We've had a few recent updates to each of these tools, so I wanted to introduce cv more formally and then recap some of recent improvements for each tool.

cv: Introduction

cv...

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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 ...
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21 December, 2016
Filed under v4.7, v4.6, CiviContribute

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...

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19 December, 2016
Filed under Drupal

Last week we had our third sprint at the socialist party to improve the performance.  In the previous blogs I have explained what we have done so far. You can read them here and here.

Since the previous sprint a guy with a lot of database knowledge has done some analysis of the queries and he came up with the following observations. Most queries are build in...

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