Long, long ago, before we had indoor plumbing, penicillin or `civix generate:module`, a humble drupal module was born.
It tried its best to be helpful by employing an (at the time) cutting edge technique known as CRM_Utils_Migrate_Import to dump a motley collection of custom fields, profiles and options into your CiviCRM database.
Along with other cutting edge techniques (such as lobotomies), the process of automatically adding custom fields, profiles and options has been improved and now can be done with managed entities and our lovely api.
The Progressive Technology Project helped bring about civicrm_engage, and has now prepared a series of much more sane alternatives that provide the same functionality, but are implemented using CiviCRM-native extensions that employ the CiviCRM API.
The replacement extensions are described below.
In addition civicrm_engage provided a few demographic fields and...Read more
2018 was a big year for Webform CiviCRM module. I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the new features that were added in 2018 (with some examples/screenshots) and take a look at what's to come in 2019!
Webform CiviCRM Integration - what is this?
Webform CiviCRM is a Drupal module that in a nutshell exposes CiviCRM APIs (with which you can create CiviCRM contacts, contributions, memberships, participant registrations, activities - just about any CiviCRM Entity programmatically) to the powerful Drupal Webform module - a very popular (over 450,000 Drupal sites are using it) and highly configurable drag and drop form builder. Webform CiviCRM itself is a popular module - over 3,000 CiviCRM projects are using it. That's more users/sites than the Mosaico Extension has! Webform CiviCRM was invented by Coleman Watts (of the CiviCRM Core Team) and is supported by the CiviCRM community: ...Read more
Drupal module - CiviCRM Contact Distance Search
MillerTech released this Drupal module back in 2015 but have recently updated with new features (map and use your location) and to make it more configurable.
This module offers a fully configurable/extendable Drupal view that provides the functionality to search from a postcode and a distance.
Use case scenario – Find schools from my postcode within a 5 mile radius.
With the example above you would have schools as contacts in your CiviCRM database with a primary address and both the latitude and longitude fields should be populated.
The Drupal view that’s shipped with this module can be configured to filter on a particular contact subtype i.e. schools.
Search results will provide you with schools within a 5 mile radius of the entered postcode along with distance.
This is a first blog post about how we build the team portal for Roparun.
But first what is Roparun? The Roparun is a relay race of over 500 kilometres from Paris and Hamburg to Rotterdam, where people in teams, take part in an athletic event to raise money for people with cancer. It’s also called an adventure for life. This is also clear from the motto, which for years has been: ‘Adding life to days, when days often can’t be added to life’.
So each year Roparun organizes this race and around 400 teams participate in the event. The first part of the project was to setup donation functionality and that is working right now.
The next part of the project is to create a new portal for team captains where they can manage their team data, (e.g. name of the team, start location and the individual team members). We...Read more
We had a scenario where client runs a cluster of events, and folk sign up for these, and usually the registrants signs up for all events, but then they might invite mum to the Dinner, and brother John to the Talk, etc etc.
We wanted to achieve this on a single form with a single payment. We explored both CiviCart and Drupal Commerce but in the end concluded we could achieve this in a much lighter way with good old webforms.
The outcome is that up to 6 people can be registered for any combination of events, eg
- c1 registers for Events A, B, C, D, E and F
- c2 registers for B, C and D
- c3 registers for A and B
- c4 registers for A and F
To see the full gory details of the conditionals approach we took, please read the full blog on Fuzion's site.Read more
Today, Skvare has released a new version of CiviCRM Entity, 2.0-beta11. This release contains a new feature, an admin configuration page which allows site administrators to disable exposure of entity types to Drupal.
CiviCRM Entity is a Drupal module which exposed CiviCRM API entity types as native Drupal entity types, providing Views, Rules, Entity Reference field integration, and Drupal native pages and forms for each. It supports both CiviCRM 4.6 LTS and CiviCRM 4.7.
Previous versions of CiviCRM Entity allowed developers to control access to Drupal based pages and forms for entity types, but there was no way for administrators to control what entity types were available in Views, Rules, or Entity Reference fields. As CiviCRM Entity has evolved over the past 2 years, over 45 entity types have been supported, including all the major financial record types. There are cases where many of these entity...Read more
With the funding environment for nonprofits in Serbia becoming increasingly more fragmented and the choice of technology tools to aid fundraising and advocacy becoming more diverse, Catalyst Balkans saw an opportunity to fill an open niche for a localized CRM targeted to the nonprofit sector in the Western Balkans. With Catalyst Balkans already having used CiviCRM for several years for its own communication and contact management needs, the localization of CiviCRM was a natural choice.
With virtually zero strings translated into Serbian on Transifex and a very limited budget, Catalyst used a combination of existing staff resources and volunteers to plug away at the translation effort over a period of months. The final 1500 strings were done with the help of a translation professional who also went through and polished the entire translation file.
Many coffees were spent...Read more
A big thank you to all our CiviCON UK Sponsors. Here's a special post from Gold Sponsor Yoti:
Doing things differently: Registrations in seconds, logins without passwords and minimising data.
Over the last 15 years I’ve probably been responsible for around 50 or so websites or microsites that in some way or another have tried to gather people’s data. Either to enter into an event, join a forum or buy something. And like most other marketeers I’ve been obsessed by two things. Funnels and Data. i.e how easily are people signing up and how much do I now know about my customers. I’ve always known that by asking people for more information there was a danger people would drop out of my acquisition funnel but we marketeers are hungry for data. We want it all and we want it now.
I’ve now come to realise that less is more. I still want the customers, and loads of them, but I want them to join me on their terms. If I ask people less about themselves I’m more...Read more
CiviCooP and Systopia and Palasthotel have been working together on CiviProxy and CiviProxy. This blog is a round up of what we have achieved in the last couple of days. The first thing we have achieved is that we had fun and a very good work atmosphere. We made long days and made lots of progress.
What are CiviProxy and CiviMcRestFace?
CiviProxy is a script to act as an application firewall for CiviCRM. It could be used to put your civicrm in secure network. CiviProxy is the gatekeeper to which external systems, such as your website, connect (this is for example when a user signs a petition on your website and the website submits this data to your CiviCRM). CiviProxy will make sure the call is from the right place (ip-adress) and is only doing what allowed to do.
CiviMcRestFace (CiviMRF) is a framework to be used in other systems (such as your external website) to connect to CiviCRM. The framework itself is...Read more
If you are a Drupal developer coming new to CiviCRM, it can be a bit of a "culture shock" to realize that CiviCRM is not your typical Drupal module.
CiviCRM has a separate and independent evolution and ecosystem, and its standard practices and APIs reflect that. From installation of the module itself, to creating customizations and modifications of its standard behavior, you are entering into a different "world" when you implement and develop client solutions with CiviCRM.
CiviCRM Entity can help a Drupal developer make the transistion by enabling them to use some of the standard Drupal API features they have grown accustommed to, while still providing insight into the data structures and interconnections of CiviCRM.
For people who spend the majority of their time developing in CiviCRM, it can feel the same way, in reverse. For all-day CiviCRM developers, CiviCRM Entity can be an...Read more