Flags flying at 2012 Boomtown festival
The Sky's the Limit - looking at Manchester from Horrich
Harvesting the flax

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Cleaning up dirty mobile numbers on CiviCRM

CiviCRM logo

CiviCRM is an open source platform that sits alongside Drupal, as well as other popular content management systems. It is a Customer Relationship Management system, but because it has been developed primarily for the Civic Sector (not-for-profits, voluntary associations, etc), it is referred to as a 'Constituent' Relationship Management system instead.

The software provides a powerful contacts database, around which is built a range of components, some of the most useful being mass email and SMS services, event management, reports, memberships, and co-ordinating on-line campaigns...

New Drupal 8 web site on its way

Survey of D8 adoption

I've been supporting my old friend and colleague, Tomas Remiarz in setting up a Drupal 8 website for his new book, called Forest Gardening in Practice, published by Permaculture Publications (who I also work for).

Drupal 8 came out at the end of 2015, and according to Dries Buytaert , the creator of Drupal, by March 16 there were over 60,000 sites under development using the new software! The chart shown is from a survey of 1,800 developers, and asks, 'If you have not yet used, or migrated to D8, then why not?'

So why has it taken so long for me to get my first D8 site out...

Creative Local Solutions websites now 'hosted green'

Tilaa.com logo

Over the last couple of weeks I've been switching the sites I host to a new ISP (Internet Service Provider) called Tilaa.com , based in Amsterdam. I chose Tilaa because they provide Virtual Private Servers at competitive prices, and use data centres that utilise renewable energy and are 100% carbon neutral.

According to research , CO2 emissions from telecommunications is already on a par with those from aviation, and is set to double by 2020, so it is clearly important to get this side of things sorted out. Web sites hosted by Tilaa are able to 'wear' a badge like the one...

A 'Community Shares' extention for CiviCRM

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I am assessing the feasibility of a CiviCRM integrated 'Community Shares' extension on behalf of the Kindling Trust .

Community Shares are a fundraising and investment mechanism available to Co-operative Societies and Community Benefit Societies in the UK - see CommunityShares.org.uk if you want more info.

Kindling are a not for profit organisation based in Northern England, who have been using Civi for a number of years, and are planning on launching a community share offer in the future, in order to raise funds for a community owned farm, to develop sustainable food...