15 January, 2013


The CiviCRM profiles features are a great easy way to quickly generate custom membership lists that can be viewed, sorted and displayed on your public website, but one of their biggest annoyances is they can only display organisational or individual memberships, not a mixture of the two.
I discovered a quick and easy way of getting around this through the wonder of Drupal views (Sorry Wordpress and Joomla! folks).
Set up your view as normal and required with whatever fields, arguments, relationships and filters you may need, then create a 'Global: Combine fields filter' field, expose it and choose the fields you would like to be able to search, probably First Name, Last Name and Organisation Name.
Save the view and voila! You have a membership list that can be searched across all membership types and names and as it's views you can continue customising it to your hearts content.
01 August, 2012
By jamie
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal

Progressive Technology Project has released a new Drupal module called CiviCRM Cicero that integrates with the Cicero service from Azavea. If you are using CiviCRM with Drupal, you can now add legislative district and more information to your database.


You have to start by getting an account with Azavea.  In order to use their service, you have to pay for it. However, they offer a 1,000 credit free trial and, if you are a nonprofit organization, you can get 5,000 credits for free via TechSoup.


Once you have an account, you'll need to add a few Contact custom data fields to your CiviCRM database.  Depending on your needs, you might create fields to hold a contact's city council district, national representative...

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01 July, 2012
By petednz


After more meanderings around the Universe of Webform_civicrm (Creator: Coleman) I started thinking that I should find a way to use it to collect more complex information about Organisations and Relationships which might be required as part of an event or membership registration.

The prompt for this particular meandering was that currently Event Registration does not provide any in-built options to collect information about an Organisation that the registrant might represent, beyond the Organisation Name (currently employer) and Job Title.

I was expecting to need to code this in to civi for an event that allowed for a multiple person registration and therefore anything we did to collect Organisation info for Person 1 would not be required for subsequent persons.

However, having seen Coleman referring to a 'hashed link', it finally dawned on me (oh alright with just a bit of help by big C) that since...

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04 June, 2012
Filed under Drupal, Extensions, Release

So maybe filling out forms isn't anybody's idea of a good time, but at least building them can be fun, thanks to the shiny new version 3 of Webform CiviCRM Integration!

Quick Recap:

If yours isn't among the 700+ sites using Webform Integration, this Drupal module is a smart form-builder and processor that answers the following question: "CiviCRM has built-in forms for stuff like event registration and contributions, but what about collecting CRM data on my ________ form?" Fill in the blank with just about anything - survey, petition, enrollment, application, support, opt-in, you name it. You can use it to collect and update information about contacts, relationships, cases, activities, event participants, group subscriptions, tags, and custom data.

So What's New?

Version 3 has major improvements for working with existing contacts and option lists, a new look, UI improvements, and other enhancements....

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27 April, 2012
Filed under v4.2, Drupal

The CiviCRM Drush integration recently got a fairly major refactoring (issue CRM-9986), and should be available with the CiviCRM 4.2 release.

The main user facing change is that "drush civicrm-cache-clear" has been replaced by integration with the standard drush cache-clear command. You can see it in the options by running "drush cache-clear", or call it directly (this time using the alias "cc") using the command "drush cc civicrm".

There are also aliases added for a number of commands, which should save a few keystrokes. You can examine these using the command "drush help --filter=civicrm".

There are also a number of changes to the code structure - the command callbacks now use the standard conventions making it easier for you to add your own custom pre/post hooks, validation routines are also separated from the main callback. Output (stdout), error/log...

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07 April, 2012
By lobo

At CiviCon, Gunner from Aspiration Tech facilitated a session with the entire community soliciting feedback, discussion and comments on the project. It was a good opportunity for everyone to give feedback on the state of the project, things that we are doing a good job with, and things that we can improve. We ended up doing a collaborative grouping of the feedback in various categories and sorting the comments.

Some of the positives that are worth highlighting include:

  • Folks loved the responsiveness, culture and support on forums and IRC.
  • The Make It Happen feature is a big hit. The ability to read detailed descriptions on a blog post and comment on that is appreciated.
  • Progressive Tech Project, PalanteTech and core team got quite a few appreciations.
  • Lots of mention of the open welcoming nature and passion of the community.
  • Raising and talking about the gender issue was appreciated.
  • Lots of...
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05 April, 2012
By lobo
Filed under CiviCon, CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla, Sprints


We had our 4th CiviCon in San Francisco a few days back. It was a very well attended event with very high quality sessions. We hope to have most of the videos online in the next few weeks. I'm quite keen on watching all the sessions that I had to miss. There were lots of highlights for me personally during this event, i'll make an attempt to recreate some of them here:

  • The quality of the talks I attended were very high. Most groups are using CiviCRM very creatively and pushing the limits in multiple ways. We need to continue on increasing the extensibility thus giving developers / integrators more choice.
  • The quality of the Birds of a Feather session was very high. Unfortunately these were not recorded. Jim's talk on how they use ...
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03 April, 2012
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO) require an ICT Officer who can customise and develop open source software (PHP), work with hosting environments (Linux), and install and configure open source databases/websites for external organisations (Drupal/CiviCRM).

For more information about the post and how to apply visit: http://www.gmcvo.org.uk/vacancy-part-time-ict-officer-gmcvo

06 March, 2012
By dalin

<Cross posted from Advomatic.com The code blocks will be easier to read there.>

Sometimes after launching a new site our clients find that there are fields and features in CiviCRM that they don't use.  We are working with a client that wants to remove all fields and features that aren't useful in order to simplify their user interface and make it easier to use.  This includes things like SMS features, email signatures, and demographics.  There are also several fields that they wanted renamed to be more consistent with the legacy system that they migrated from.  To fulfill this requirement I used a combination of template overrides, and CiviCRM's translation system.  

First up I should point out that if you do want to go down this path you need to make clear to the client that this will take a fair amount of effort up front (hopefully less...

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21 February, 2012
Filed under v4.1, Drupal, Extensions

If you've recently upgraded to CiviCRM 4.1, you'll need to upgrade your webform_civicrm as well. Versions 2.3 and below are not fully compatible with Civi 4.1. Version 2.4 is, and will be released in the next couple of days, especially if I get a few comments on this post from people who have sucessfully tested it! The latest -dev is stable and working, so please feel free to download it and try it out on your 4.1 site!

Note: webform_civicrm 2.4 is not backwards-compatible with older versions of CiviCRM, and should only be used with 4.1.x

New Features In webform_civicrm 2.4

  • Adds contact image and language pref fields
  • More options for matching/updating existing activities
  • Support for new multi-valued contact sub-type
  • Improved group and tag fields
  • Can include the entire webform submission in the activity details, as well as an edit link
  • Can generate a contact checksum for...
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