There’s a new CiviCRM book out! The CiviCRM Cookbook covers a wide range of CiviCRM core and component topics with practical in depth recipes with accompanying screenshots.
The CiviCRM Starter Kit is a Drupal-and-CiviCRM-in-one bundle which makes downloading and installing a fairly standard instance of Drupal and Civi straightforward. It includes a sensible selection of modules and extensions to get you going.
2020Media will install this for you free of charge.
You’ve decided to use CiviCRM. Now what? This 45 minute episode will cover what you should (and should not) do before starting to use CiviCRM. First hangout – Tuesday, July 16th at 9am Pacific
Introduction to CiviCRM Mini-series: Before You Login Google Hangout link
Announcing the 6th stable release of CiviCRM 4.3, containing small bug fixes and two minor security updates to make your CRM more stable and secure.
This is a security release. You should upgrade your site immediately. If you are unable to do so and host with 2020Media, we’re happy to help.
PhotoDropper has over 62 million free images that WordPress owners can access and insert right from their WordPress dashboard.
They also have a premium tier that offers more professional photos on a pay-by-the-photo basis.
Many people can locate images from stock photo websites or their own libraries, but this involves extra steps of downloading the image, resizing perhaps, then uploading to the WordPress site. Checking for copyright also takes more time. This plugin does it all from within WordPress, using Creative Commons licences.
With PhotoDropper you have access to the entire Flickr Creative Commons database offering you over 243.8 million Creative Commons images all totally free and totally legal for you to use on your website… As long as you follow the simple licensing, which PhotoDropper makes easy.
What is Creative Commons?
Creative Commons lets people share any work (photo, graphics, writing, etc.) with the world so that anyone can use and remix their creations under the licensing terms the authors provide. It is usually denoted with “Some Rights Reserved” instead of “All Rights Reserved.”
Flickr (part of Yahoo) has one of the world’s largest collections of such photos that people have shared with just such a license.
The PhotoDropper Plugin makes the process of finding and adding these photos to your posts simple and takes care of necessary attribution automatically.
Learn more about the Creative Commons license along with its rules and restrictions here.
Actually it’s more of a second look. My first look back in April showed a product with a lot of promise but was clearly not ready.
What is ZipApp?
Simply put, ZipApp is a free tool from Microsoft to help you build Apps for Windows 8. You don’t need to be a programmer. You get full access to the source code. It’s designed to be simple and quick to get going, with dozens for templates provided.
You can create a Zip App account at www.zipapp.co.uk and start to put your app together.
There is a small charge for a developer account (individual or corporate) however you get a free developer account with an MSDN subscription if you have one. As an aside, you get an MSDN subscription as part of Biz Spark which can be an extremely cost effective way of getting a load of free software and networking opportunities.
Windows 8 Phone has recently been added with Beta support.
Then you’ll be able to submit as many apps to the store as you wish. There will be the option to have a third party publish your app too. Microsoft are currently working on a solution to enable people to publish their ZipApp application via a 3rd party, but it’s not ready for broad availability. In effect you would simply press a button and someone else would publish your application using their store account. This option currently leads to a mail form. We added our address to this in April and to date there’s been no response.
In summary, the tools work really well to create the app, but the unsophisticated developer/designer is left hanging at the end with no way to actually the app onto a Windows 8 device.