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Using Activities to Track a New Relationship

CiviCRM in Action

We definitely walk our talk when it comes to the technologies we teach here. The labs website is a WordPress site and we manage our contacts with CiviCRM. Here is a real world example of how Civi gets used.

Org-Specific Activities

If you recall this post on activities, any kind of interaction between your org

By |April 14th, 2015|CiviCRM|Comments Off on Using Activities to Track a New Relationship

Creating Custom Fields in CiviCRM

Custom Fields
CiviCRM has multitude of individual contact fields. Like a lot of them. They try and account for the most common cases, but sometimes you want to have contact fields that tell you information about a specific type of person. This module will explore why you should use custom fields and how to set them

By |March 26th, 2015|CiviCRM|Comments Off on Creating Custom Fields in CiviCRM

Enabling Scheduled Mailings

Configuring Cron for Scheduled Mailings
Every Civi user encounters this problem: You create a mailing in CiviMail, send yourself a test, see that it’s good, schedule the mailing to go out at noon, and hit submit. Noon rolls around and nothing happens. Well what now?

CiviCRM is wonderful and amazing and we would never speak ill of

By |March 26th, 2015|CiviCRM|Comments Off on Enabling Scheduled Mailings

How Excel Saved Me Hella Time with a Research Task

Time for another walkthrough for something you’ll never do!

You’ll probably never do what I describe here but that’s not the point. The point is that I was confronted with a repetitive task and chose to let the computer do what it’s built to do. Computers love repetitive tasks! Whenever you have to do the same

By |December 1st, 2014|Tech Essentials|Comments Off on How Excel Saved Me Hella Time with a Research Task

Coding Troubleshooting

Image Not Showing

Check your syntax

It should be  <img src=”address” /> where “address” is a URL or the name of an image file

Make sure the image file is in the right place

Any file you reference must have a clear path to it. This means if you write <img src=”logo.png” /> then logo.png must be in the same folder as your webpage. If

By |October 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized, WordPress Pt I|Comments Off on Coding Troubleshooting

Announcement: Free Resource and Moodle Help

Hi Everybody,

Great first class! It’s a joy to be up in front of an audience who’s not allowed to leave and is compelled to listen. Just sending this email to give you a couple of resources.
Class Blog
Anytime I make an announcement I post it to the class blog as well. I also post tutorials and

By |April 11th, 2014|WordPress Pt II|Comments Off on Announcement: Free Resource and Moodle Help

Welcome to WP Lab! Here’s Some Troubleshooting and Resources

Hi Everybody,

I thought I would send out an email to let you know a few things adn to help prepare you for the first class.

This quarter will be a bit different than the previous web lab. We’ll be doing less lecture and more collaboration. By that I mean we will do no classwide activities in

By |April 9th, 2014|WordPress Pt II|Comments Off on Welcome to WP Lab! Here’s Some Troubleshooting and Resources

How To: Separate Names and Make Usernames in Excel

Recently I needed to take a class roster and create usernames to upload into Moodle. The problem was that it wasn’t in a pretty format. This means that I needed to get clever with Excel functions.
What I Had

The full name in the format “lastname, firstname”
Email

What I Wanted
I wanted to end up with 4 rows:

Last Name
First

By |April 7th, 2014|CiviCRM, Mapping, Tech Essentials|Comments Off on How To: Separate Names and Make Usernames in Excel

Doing Well in this Class

WordPress Lab is likely quite different from your typical class. You’ll be learning to code, learning to use WordPress, and learning more about the Internet than you ever thought you would. The things you’re going to learn are very different from what you’re used to so you’re going to have to go about learning them

By |April 3rd, 2014|WordPress Pt I, WordPress Pt II|Comments Off on Doing Well in this Class

How To: Install WP Using Softaculous

Softaculous is what’s known as a “1-click Script Installer”. It is a service that a host may pay for to allow their users to easily install software on to their sites like WordPress, Drupal, Moodle, MediaWiki, Magneto, or Simple Machine Forums. Many hosts will have something similar to softaculous, but it’s always good to know

By |April 1st, 2014|WordPress Pt I|Comments Off on How To: Install WP Using Softaculous