CiviCRM Extensions

CiviCRM is a fantastic tool right “out of the box” but there are also some important features not available in the core. Therefore we have CiviCRM Extensions, which are add-ons that give CiviCRM extended functionality. These extensions cover all kinds of features such as Webform integration, alerts, discounts, volunteer management, extended reporting and more. Almost all extensions work on Drupal and WordPress, and also Joomla. The official directory maintains a centralized list of all “official” extensions and that’s here: Extensions Directory. But you don’t normally need to visit there because extensions can be installed from within your own CiviCRM site. Installing Extensions The basic procedure is quite easy. When your… Read More

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Nextcloud vs ownCloud – The Whole Story

Battle of the Clouds Interested in finding the private cloud package that will work for you? So are we! πŸ™‚ In the open source private cloud space, there are several options, such as ownCloud, Nextcloud, Seafile, Syncthing and Pydio as well as smaller players such as SparkleShare. To see what’s happening in this market, let’s take a brief look at this Google Trends graph of interest in the top four packages over the past 5 years: Shows pretty clearly that ownCloud and Nextcloud dwarf the competition, and it also seems pretty clear that since its inception, interest in Nextcloud has been growing fast and today has actually more Google searches… Read More

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Nextcloud in a Subdomain

We are often asked if Nextcloud can be installed in a subdomain and the answer is yes. There are two ways to do this, technically speaking. Let’s say your domain is puppies.com and you have hosting for that and you’re not ready to change that, but you want a Nextcloud instance and you want it on a subdomain called cloud.puppies.com. To get that, all you need to do is purchase hosting from us and in the “Domain Name” box put “cloud.puppies.com.” We will then setup your account for you using that subdomain and install Nextcloud for you. Then we will help you create an “A record” in your DNS settings… Read More

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Over 560 Million Passwords Leaked

Yet another case of an online security breach, including emails and passwords. See Over 560 Million Passwords Discovered in Anonymous Online Database from Gizmodo.com for full details. In brief, this is what they say: A trove of more than 560 million login credentials has been exposed by a leaky database, researchers revealed on Tuesday, including email addresses and passwords stolen from as many as 10 popular online services. The Kromtech Security Center blogged about this and called it the Mother of All Leaks. Among other things, they say there: Database is 75+ gigs in size and contains data structured in readable json format which included at least 10 previously leaked… Read More

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What is CiviCRM

Jump straight to video version of this post In this post, we are going to clarify what CiviCRM is in very simple terms that anyone can understand. Overview CiviCRM is a free “CMS” (Constituent Management System) which means it’s a software package that allows you to manage a database of people, such as your donors, recipients, volunteers, parents, teachers, care-givers etc. You can view them, edit their details, email them, record activities and donations and more. They then can make contributions online, sign up online for events, sign up for memberships and more. Basic Contacts Features Each person in CiviCRM is called a Contact. Getting your contact list into CiviCRM… Read More

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How to Install Nextcloud

Nextcloud has two separate components which may need to be installed. They are the server and the client. We will describe each separately: Nextcloud Server The Nextcloud server is all that you actually need to run Nextcloud. The term “server” here means the web software that powers your Nextcloud website, the place where you can login via a web browser: and view/add/edit/share etc. your files and other data on your cloud: For details how to install the Nextcloud server, see our post. Nextcloud Client The Nextcloud client is a program that runs on your computer or phone and, once configured, mostly just runs by itself “in the background” and synchronizes… Read More

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How to Install Nextcloud Client

To start, visit https://nextcloud.com/install and click “Desktop Clients” Click on the Windows or Mac version. Launch (or “open”) the downloaded file. The install process is then the same as any other program: Just click “Next” repeatedly until it’s done. When you now launch the program, the first step is to connect it to your cloud. It will ask you for the “Server Address” which means the URL of your cloud. Enter that and click “Next” and then enter your Username and Password. If you get those right, then the wizard will ask you if you want to sync everything or only certain files, and it will allow you to specify… Read More

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How to Install Nextcloud Server

The easiest way to install Nextcloud server is to host your cloud with CiviHosting — we will do it for you. For more information, see our Nextcloud hosting page. πŸ™‚ But if you don’t host with us, or you just prefer to do it yourself, there are two steps: Get the files onto your account Install Nextcloud Get the files onto your account There are two methods to get the Nextcloud files onto your account: Via the Web Installer Manually You can use whichever method you prefer — the end result is the same. Load Files Via the Web Installer To get the Web Installer, right click on this link:… Read More

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