CiviCRM v3.1 Beta 6 Now Available

The sixth BETA release of version 3.1 is now available for download. You can also try it out on our public demo. Check out release highlights here!. (Please remember it’s a beta release and it shouldn’t be used on production sites.)  

Step up and help out!

Beta releases are a great occasion to get involved in CiviCRM community. There are many ways you can help make this release better and bug free.

Quick and easy Congressional District lookups for your CiviCRM contacts

By definition CiviCRM is used by many organizations in the political sphere. For those organizations working in the US one useful metric to have on your contacts is their congressional district. Up until now this has usually been accomplished with either custom code, or exporting your contacts, sending them through a bulk lookup tool, and re-importing them. There is now an easier way to get this with the CiviCRM Sunlight Congressional District module.

CiviCRM v3.1 Beta 5 Now Available

The fifth BETA release of version 3.1 is now available for download. This release includes some security fixes so if you are already on 3.1 we would recommend upgrade. You can also try it out on our public demo. Check out release highlights here!. (Please remember it’s a beta release and it shouldn’t be used on production sites.)

CiviCRM User, Integration and Developer Training Schedule for first half of 2010

We have quite a few paid training events lined up for this year. You can read some of the reports on prior trainings on our blog. Participants who have attended these trainings have remarked as to how much it has helped demystify CiviCRM for them (and their clients). Learn some valuable tips and tricks from the core CiviCRM developers and help the project! We offer a User training mainly for the CiviCRM end user / newbie, an integrator training for the CiviCRM administrator and a developer training for folks who want to extend and customize CiviCRM. Our current training schedule is:

How much server (disk space and memory) do I need to run my CiviCRM implementation....

How much server (disk space and memory) do I need to run my CiviCRM implementation....

The answer is, of course, it depends. But what are the critical factors?

-- Data base size (Number of contacts and number of custom data fields, relationships, groups, etc.)
-- Number of users (light usage vs. heavy usage)
-- What other applications will be running? (A CMS with a small data base or Jasper Reports with a lot of simultaneous users.)

I think it would be good to put forth some guidelines or rules of thumb.

CiviCRM / Xero (accounting package integration) - a bit of a look

This is really a continuation of previous blogs on CiviCRM accounting integration. I now have some basic integration bewteen CiviCRM and Xero working and decided to do a screencast.

Screencasts are hardly my preferred medium - especially now that I've tried to make one but I thought it might be useful for people to see what a CiviCRM integration with the accounting package Xero would look like. The screencast doesn't show you any CiviCRM - just Xero and is more intended to give people an idea of what the day-to-day reality of it is.