Advanced Tour of Your Admin Backend – Tenth Day of Christmas Gifts from Tendenci to You!

Coming in 2013: We’re updating several features in the administration dashboard to give you easier control over your site’s advanced management tools. 

When we rewrote Tendenci in Python and Django in order to release an open source version, we also updated the Administration Management Dashboard that we commonly will refer to as your “Admin Backend”.  The Admin Backend is intended for Tendenci Super-Users to manage the more advanced site and user functions, as well as give our open source users quick access to developer and theme documentation and tools.

ON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS… TENDENCI’S GIFT TO YOU: Awesome Updates to Your Admin Backend!

access admin backend

Until now, most users have probably never seen this part of your site, and because we’re going to be adding tons of pretty awesome new features to your Admin Backend this year – I thought I’d offer y’all a tour.

If you have any questions or comments after the tour, please post in our comments section below or email me.

Your Administration Dashboard aka “The Admin Backend”

You can easily navigate to your site’s Admin backend two ways:

  • By adding /admin to the end of your site URL in the browser address bar
  • Navigating using your Blue Top Bar Admin Nav Menu through the dropdown menu under “Quick Links”

** You’ll need to have Super-User level access to the Tendenci website in order to access the Admin Backend regions.  

Sneek Preview of Upcoming Awesome Admin Backend Updates

Here’s a screenshot the site Administration Dashboard Homepage that you’ll see when you first log into the admin backed. You’ll see the full list of modules under Site Administration installed on your site.  If you install any plugins, such as the staff or videos plugins, you’ll find those listed here as well.

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Your Admin Backend Dashboard Gives You Access to Advanced Site Features.

The Admin Backend dashboard also shows you your “Recent Actions” where  you can see recent items you’ve added (marked with a green plus icon), and edited, (marked with a pencil icon). The actions are linked to the content enabling you to quickly access the most recent content you’ve been working on.admin backend tendenci contributions

New Batch Management Tools

If you click through to one of the modules, for example the Files module, you’ll find the batch organization tools to make it faster for you to update, add, delete, and manage your site’s content and users. The batch organization tools give you the ability to effect multiple files at once.

Here’s a preview of some of the new batch management features we’re adding:

Click to filter and view Contributors and Owners of Files, Pages, Articles and Other Site Content

Filter content and files by the creator of the item on your site with a single click. The updated Filters let you see which users have added content as well as filter by active or inactive files.

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Filter and View Content based on the User who Added the Content

You might use this if you’re trying to find the original content for something that a former Staff member or Volunteer had created. You can even combine the filter by owner with the active filter option to see all content that’s currently active or inactive.

Inline Batch Editing for Titles, Tags, and other Fields

With the new inline editing option, you can quickly edit certain fields like we’re showing here for the stories module. Without having to click and wait for the full edit page to load – you can update tags, titles, categories and other fields just by clicking in the field, typing your changes and pressing enter or clicking out of the box.

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Inline Editing Options for Stories in the Admin Backend
drag and drop re ordering in admin backend
Just hover over the Reorder icon and then click and hold your left mouse button to change the ordering.

Use the drag and drop re-ordering feature to rearrange the order of content inside your admin backend. This is really great for content such as stories, photos, and video galleries where you may want the content to display to users in a different order than you originally uploaded the content in.

For example, when we initially uploaded a series of Membership videos to the website, the videos were displaying out of the series’ order on the video gallery page.  By going to the Admin Backend “Videos” dashboard, we were able to drag and drop the videos into the right order, and display the Membership Module 9 Video Series in order from start to finish:

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Simply Drap and Drop to Display Your Videos in Order!

Advanced Sorting Options

The new sorting options will enable you to quickly sort a module’s files using one or more of the header Fields. You can select which header fields to include in the sort and rank them in order for sorting.

For example, let’s say that you’re reviewing content on your website to make sure everything’s up-to-date for the new year. Using the advanced sorting options, you can search your Articles by the last date they were updated so that the most recently updated articles showed up first or last. You can also select to filter out inactive and pending articles by clicking the “active” filter. This way, you can easily start sorting content by starting with content that you know is publicly visible.

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Click to Sort and Filter Content in the Admin Backend

As you update content, the “Last Updated” date will change, automatically creating a way for you to keep track of your content that’s been recently edited and see at a glance what content is out of date.

Advanced Site Documentation from Docutils

We also integrated Tendenci with Docutils, an open source document management tool.  New Tendenci sites automatically will include advanced documentation and resources for those of you working on Tendenci as a developer or designer and you’ll access these tools from your Admin Backend dashboard.

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Find Advanced Documentation and Resources in Your Tendenci Admin Backend

Our developers have packaged up helpful code snippets, in-depth information about Models and Views, and more!

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM TENDENCI!merry christmas 12 days tendenci frame

We’re celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas with daily previews of the all new Tendenci Features coming to your association website in 2013! Join us each day to “open new gifts” filled with feature updates for your website! Visit our Twelve Days of Christmas Main Page to find new gifts for each day from now until January 5th!

We love to hear your questions and comments about Tendenci, the open source CMS for Association’s – leave a reply below in our comments section or send us your thoughts via email to support@tendenci.com.

 

Even More Digital Media Features – Ninth Day of Christmas Gifts from Tendenci to You!

Photos of "Natural Acts in Artificial Water"

“On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… nine ladies dancing.”

On the Ninth Day of Christmas: More photo album features for your photos!

How much do Photos really matter Online? A lot!

Photos can be extremely powerful content on your website to engage your users, tell your association’s story, encourage donations, and serve as frequent content updates that keep visitors (and search engines if you add unique tags and descriptions) coming back to your site for more!

 

Want to know just how often your photos are being viewed?

Visit your Event Log Summary Report to see your Tendenci site’s photo activity.

Find your Event Logs Summary Report

The Event Log Summary Report is the first report listed under the Reports tab of the Tendenci Admin Bar – or navigate directly to YourURL.com/event-logs/reports/summary to see your report.

In the real client example below, Photo views (represented by the blue bars) have the most activity of any module on the site. Even more than regular CMS pages (green) and events (orange).

Sample Client Event Logs - Blue Bars represent photo views

New Tendenci Features for Rich Media!

In 2013 we will be rolling out some new features to the Tendenci Photo Albums & Video Gallery modules to give you even more control over your online photos and videos! Here are some features coming soon to Tendenci:

Updates to Tendenci Online Photo Albums:

  • Updated module settings, including options for who can add new photo albums

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  • Drag and drop re-sort on photo albums
  • Ability to assign a photo album or individual photo to a specific user group

Example: Photos tagged with a specific group or committee automatically feed into the sidebar of that Group’s page

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Updates to Tendenci Online Video Gallery:

  • Sorting options by title, category, and ordering
  • Drag and drop reordering in the admin backend

Tendenci Videos Module Drag and Drop Reordering

Merry Christmas from Tendenci!

We’re celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas with daily previews of several new Tendenci Features coming to your association website in 2013! Join us each day to preview these feature updates for your website!

Visit our Twelve Days of Christmas Main Page to find new updates for each day from now until January 5th!

We love to hear your questions and comments about Tendenci, the open source CMS for Associations – leave a reply below in our comments section or send us your thoughts via email to support@tendenci.com.

Recurring Payments – Seventh Day of Christmas Gifts from Tendenci to You!

Coming in 2013 to your Online Donation Forms – Recurring Payments!

For most Nonprofits, online donations are a very important piece of your website and have a large effect on furthering your mission. Coming soon to Tendenci – you will have more advanced options for the way you take donations online, including the ability for your donors to set up Recurring Payments so donors can send you a donation automatically each month, quarter, year, or whatever custom interval you like!

Check out the New Features in our Sample Screenshots

In the forms edit screen, just check a box to enable Recurring Payment and choose which Payment Methods you will allow.

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Add preset Pricing Amounts, or leave blank to allow visitors to set their own Donation amount.

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When the visitor fills out the form, they can choose from one of your pre-set amounts, or fil in their own amount.

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Ideas for How to Use Recurring Payments for Your NonProfit Website:

  • Grow support for ongoing programs by allowing donors to support their favorite ongoing program with a donation each time it happens, such as weekly food delivery or monthly pet adoption events.
  • Set up yearly recurring sponsorship packages for your member organizations that automatically renew from year to year.
  • Set up an email newsletter group of your recurring donors. This allows you to send these donors special, share-able content and encourage them to share with friends and family online. NTEN’s 2012 Nonprofit Donor Engagement report found that donors typically spend time encouraging their friends and family to get involved in their favorite charity as well – so they are more likely to be your advocates!

Merry Christmas from Tendenci!

We’re celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas with daily previews of lots of new Tendenci Features coming to your association website in 2013! Join us each day to check out new “gifts” from Tendenci that we hope you’ll love!

Visit our Twelve Days of Christmas Main Page to find new gifts for each day from now until January 5th!

We love to hear your questions and comments about Tendenci, the open source CMS for Associations including features you would like to see. Leave a reply below in our comments section or send us your thoughts via email to support@tendenci.com.

New Options for Open Source Hosting – Fifth Day of Christmas Gifts from Tendenci to You!

Coming in 2013: More Open Source Hosting Options!merry christmas 12 days tendenci frame

ON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS… TENDENCI’S GIFT TO YOU: Real Choices for hosting your open source Tendenci website yourself!

This past year has been exciting and fast paced for the Tendenci team with the release of our open source software. We’re breaking new grounds in nonprofit, open source technology, and we’re focusing more of our efforts in 2013 on ease of use for you and your staff.

One major to-do we’re finally able to check off our list is simplifying the installation process so you can set-up and manage a Tendenci website on the hosting provider of your choosing.  We’ve been testing Tendenci open source installations on different hosting providers and documenting the steps for you.

We’ve currently written documentation for Rackspace and Linode cloud hosting installation instructions:

Tendenci Open Source Hosting Requirements 

Tendenci Installation Instructions on Rackspace OpenStack Cloud Platform

Tendenci Installation Instructions on Linode.com

We’ll be documenting additional hosting providers in the coming weeks, and we’re interested in finding out what hosting provider you want to use with Tendenci. We’ll test and document the installation process for your preferred hosting vendors.  Suggest a vendor as a Comment below or email us to ‘toss’ your cloud host’s name in the ‘hat’.

3 Questions to Ask Before You Select Your Hosting Partner

We believe that website management shouldn’t be a struggle for Associations. Managing both Members and Content on your website is a complex process that Tendenci was specifically designed to help manage, enabling you to focus on your cause. Just like you need a website platform specifically developed for your nonprofit, you also need a hosting partner that understands the unique technology requirements that associations and nonprofits have.

Here’s three questions you definitely should ask potential hosting providers to make sure you get a good fit!

1) What extra services and products does your hosting provider offer?

Often, people think that their association’s staff email addresses come from the same company that they paid for the custom domain URL, or they think that things like back-ups, security updates and monitoring are included in that $6.99 monthly hosting plan. In most cases, the cheapest hosting plans out there aren’t intended to support the kind of traffic and User activity that a nonprofit or association website is going to require.

Make sure that your hosting provider offers a package that includes the type of options your association will require. For example, with Tendenci websites – you’ll need to make sure you find a hosting partner with VPS (virtual private server) root access.

2) What level of support does the hosting company offer?

It’s great if you have an experienced IT staff to manage your website’s critical maintenance tasks like back-ups, security updates, and plugin management. If your association doesn’t have someone on staff to manage your IT and website hosting services, then you’ll want to find a hosting provider with a strong support department who can be your external IT team.

Make an honest evaluation of your association’s ability to provide the time and expertise required to ensure your website receives the ongoing maintenance, back-ups, and security updates required to run smoothly. Find a hosting provider with services that compliment your association’s IT capabilities.

3) How will the hosting provider manage an unpredictable spike in traffic to your site?

Imagine your nonprofit gets a lucky break and your Executive Director is going to be on the Today Show! Suddenly, tens of thousands of people are trying to access your website – and you’ve never had more than a hundred visitors at one time before. Will your site go down because you have limits on your platform?

Probably – most sites who experience a massive spike in traffic experience a short period of downtime. That downtime can range from a few minutes to several hours, depending on the level of support your receiving from your hosting provider. How fast can your hosting provider get your site back up and live when traffic spikes? Can they get you up before your live Today Show interview is over? Or will you be down until later in the evening, when viewers earlier have forgotten and moved on to other priorities with their families and dinner?

These are all important questions to consider and I hope they help you select the right website host for your association!

History of Open Source

Here’s a great infographic that shares some fun history facts about open source software via SourceNinja.com!

Open Source Management by SourceNinja

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM TENDENCI!

We’re celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas with daily previews of the all new Tendenci Features coming to your association website in 2013! Join us each day to “open new gifts” filled with feature updates for your website!

Visit our Twelve Days of Christmas Main Page to find new gifts for each day from now until January 5th!

We love to hear your questions and comments about Tendenci, the open source CMS for Association’s – leave a reply below in our comments section or send us your thoughts via email to support@tendenci.com.

New JumpStart Package for Small Associations – Fourth Day of Christmas Gifts from Tendenci to You!

Christmas Blue Tendenci-Logo Transparent No WordsComing in 2013: A new Jumpstart Package with an affordable set-up fee to help set-up and personalize your Tendenci association website in a snap!

ON THE FOURTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS… TENDENCI’S GIFT TO YOU: An affordable way to Jumpstart Your Association’s Online Community!

Beginning in early 2013, we’ll begin offering our new Tendenci Community Jumpstart Package to give new and growing associations an entry-level website built on our open source platform.

The Jumpstart Package helps get your association website set-up fast and gives you an open source platform full of all the tools you need to build an online Community! Best of all, each Jumpstart includes your very own Tendenci expert to handle the technical pieces provide you and your team training with Tendenci best practices.

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Tendenci Gives Your Association Website a Push Forward!

The Jumpstart is intended to help small and mid-sized associations get a professional looking, engaging website that can help manage donations, memberships, and events in about 30 days.

What’s Included?

The Jumpstart package includes a Tendenci site architect from our team who will be your team’s guide throughout the process.

Each Jumpstart Package Comes with Our Help to:

  • Set up of one of our Tendenci Community Theme Templates for your website
    • Customize the colors of your template to match your nonprofit’s branding
    • Resize and upload your logo
    • Resize and upload up to 3 homepage rotator stories images
  • Configuration your site’s theme settings and global site settings
  • Navigation Menu Set-up
  • Creation of up to 3 User Groups that you can easily import your users into from a CSV file
  • Creation of a Donations form and Custom Contact form
  • Support for Integrating Your Merchant account with your website so you can take payments through the site
  • Training specific to your website for you and your staff

What’s the Cost?tendenci toolkit

Initially, we’re going to be offering the Jumpstart Package for $2500.00** plus your monthly Tendenci Community hosting and application management fees. You’ll also get the first 30 days of hosting Free** when you pay for your Jumpstart Package.

We’re trying to offer this package as low as possible to provide associations with an affordable choice in open source community management tools. One of the best things about Tendenci is how scalable the software is so that as your association grows, your website will grow with you!

 ** This is a special, introductory offer and the pricing is subject to change at any given time. Ethically, we need to make sure you know that we sometimes need to raise our prices as costs and economic factors change. 

Get Notified When the Jumpstart Package is Available

If you’re interested on receiving an email when we officially begin accepting new Jumpstart clients, signup below and we’ll include a special offer in the email for those of you who decide Tendenci is right for getting your association website the jumpstart it’s needing this year.

Sign-Up and We’ll Notify You When We Launch our Jumpstart Package:



MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM TENDENCI!

We’re celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas with daily previews of the all new Tendenci Features coming to your association website in 2013! Join us each day to “open new gifts” filled with feature updates for your website!

Visit our Twelve Days of Christmas Main Page to find new gifts for each day from now until January 5th!

We love to hear your questions and comments about Tendenci, the open source CMS for Association’s – leave a reply below in our comments section or send us your thoughts via email to support@tendenci.com.

New Language Choices – Third Day of Christmas Gifts from Tendenci to You!

Christmas Blue Tendenci-Logo Transparent No WordsComing in 2013: More International Language Options for Your Website Visitors!

ON THE THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS… TENDENCI’S GIFT TO YOU: Internationalization for Your Association Website!

Internationalization for your website means you can offer content and online functionality in multiple languages and locales to your website visitors.

3 Reasons Website Internationalization Matters for Associations

  • Members of your Org’s chapters in other countries will be able to visit and participate with your main website and make it easier for your staff to grow your global community.
  • Donation forms will translate into the language of your donors, giving your organization global online fundraising tools
  • Small nonprofits and associations in economically disadvantaged countries can reach Wealthier Foreign Donors and Corporate Sponsors using your website to translate your cause into their language.

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International Language Factoid: There are over 2100 different languages spoken in Africa according to Wikipedia!

Tendenci Updates to Automatically Translate Your Website Content

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Ian McKinnell/Getty Images

Associations and Nonprofit Organizations that want to reach an International audience need a website that is multilingual, and this year, we’re adding even more international language translation support to your Tendenci open source websites!

Our programming team has been updating the foreign language tools in Tendenci’s software and improving how your website integrates with the language translation function provided by web browsers.  Tendenci website content can be translated into each language based on the preferred language designated by your users inside their web browsers, helping you deliver your message in virtually any country so members and donors clearly understand.

Next year, you’ll enjoy the gift of an International Website and expand your association’s reach around the world with Tendenci – The Open Source CMS for Associations!

Merry Christmas from Tendenci!

We’re celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas with daily previews of the all new Tendenci Features coming to your association website in 2013! Join us each day to “open new gifts” filled with feature updates for your website!

Visit our Twelve Days of Christmas Main Page to find new gifts for each day from now until January 5th!

We love to hear your questions and comments about Tendenci, the open source CMS for Association’s – leave a reply below in our comments section or send us your thoughts via email to support@tendenci.com.

Preview and Version Tools – Second Day of Christmas Gifts from Tendenci to You!

Christmas Blue Tendenci-Logo Transparent No WordsComing in 2013 – More Flexible options for adding dynamic content for your team without needing to know how to write code!

ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS… TENDENCI’S GIFT TO YOU: New Ways to Update Your Website without Code

We’re always looking for better ways to give your association online collaboration tools that your staff and members can use to share news and events. This Christmas, we have a couple of really cool new features to announce

1) New Versioning Feature for Pages and Articles Saves Your Work

View Previous Versions of Your Website Content!
View Previous Versions of Your Website Content!

Our new “Versions” feature saves all previous versions of pages and articles so you’ll be able to review content edits and view the older content even after you’ve updated and saved over it. We think this feature has tons of benefits for you, including empowering your site users with access to contribute new content and update old content because you’ll never have to worry if they save over something they shouldn’t have – you can just pull up the previous version!

If you are working on a page with another person, you can both save as you work and Tendenci will save each version and connect it with your user profile, so you can view your work next to your partners.

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View Who Last Edited Content and What’s Changed!

2) New Preview Theme Feature Enables You to Edit and Preview Themes inside Your Theme Editor

Edit and Preview New Themes!
Edit and Preview New Themes!

The new preview option in your theme editor allows you to edit and view theme templates and layouts without changing your live website’s theme. Site visitors and members can access all your website’s content as usual and will never know you’re in the back of your website changing the design!

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Preview Theme Edits Online!

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM TENDENCI!

We’re celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas with daily previews of the all new Tendenci Features coming to your association website in 2013! Join us each day to “open new gifts” filled with feature updates for your website!

Visit our Twelve Days of Christmas Main Page to find new gifts we’re announcing each day from Christmas until January 5th!

We love to hear your questions and comments about Tendenci, the open source CMS for Association’s – leave a reply below in our comments section or send us your thoughts via email tosupport@tendenci.com.

A User is a User is a User – First Day of Christmas Gift from Tendenci to You!


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Coming in 2013 – Better ways to manage and track your users, members, volunteers, and staff!

On the First Day of Christmas… Tendenci’s Gift to You: One Profile for Every User!

Our 2013 Tendenci Roadmap includes a major focus on adding features that enable you to build stronger relationships with your members and donors through online community building tools that show you how users are engaging with your association.

One way that we’re doing this is by merging your website’s Users and Contacts with other modules like memberships. Your website will recognize anyone with a username and email to your website as a real Person by connecting the user’s activity across your website and organizing it all on their user profile.

A User is a Member is an Event Attendee is a Donor is a User

The biggest change you’ll see is how Tendenci’s database handles user information so that our software now “recognizes” if a user logged in is also a member, and if they are attending your events, and how much they are donating. This information will empower your staff with more accurate reporting on the effectiveness of your different programs and fundraising campaigns.

We want to make organizing and connecting people easier for you, and this merge includes all site users’ who have a user profile and site login including your  staff, volunteers, members, donors and anyone else you’ve opted to keep in touch with.

Here’s a Preview of the Updates Coming to Users, Groups, and Members in 2013

Check out some of these screenshots and learn about our favorite changes coming to your association website’s people management tools:

1) Find Your Users Faster with our Global Site “People Search”

The New “People” Search enables you to globally search all users and contacts in one place, and you can opt to search only your association’s members or every person on your website!

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One Global People Search for Finding All of Your Users!

This new update will also help prevent  duplicate entry for your staff and your members because now user profile data and membership application data is kept sync’d.  This wil enable users who later join as members to automatically complete membership application fields using their user profile data. Likewise, membership application information is added and kept updated in your users’ profiles.

 2) New Batch Editing Tools for People Give Your Staff Time-Saving and Fun Ways to Organize and Manage Your Members!

We’re adding new tools that enable Your Association Staff to approve and manage memberships in fewer steps, plus so much more! Here’s an inside look at the changes coming to your site’s Admin Backend:

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Coming Soon – Batch Options for Your Memberships!
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Manage Memberships and Groups Directly from User Profiles!
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New Super-User Membership Management Dashboard Options!

 3) Advanced Membership Reports to Give You Key Performance Insights for Your Membership Programs and Events 

We’re rolling out several new membership reports in the next few months to give you real time data including information about current members, renewal and new membership financial data, and so much more! In 2013, you’ll have better reporting tools and be able to collect and analyze data about your members, volunteers, donors, and staff better than ever before!

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New Tendenci Membership Reports Coming in 2013!

Merry Christmas from Tendenci!

We’re celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas with daily previews of the all new Tendenci Features coming to your association website in 2013! Join us each day to “open new gifts” filled with feature updates for your website!

Visit our Twelve Days of Christmas Main Page to find new gifts for each day from now until January 5th!

We love to hear your questions and comments about Tendenci, the open source CMS for Association’s – leave a reply below in our comments section or send us your thoughts via email to support@tendenci.com.