I believe humans as a whole, put too much faith in technology. Not all phone calls ring on the other end. SMS/text doesn’t always get delivered. Even worse is – sometimes they get delivered hours or days later and the recipient sees a time stamp that may be yesterday, or just this instant. I think that is why phone calls can clear up misunderstandings so quickly.
I believe we need to be kinder to each other in general. And give people the benefit of the doubt instead of doubting their credibility when they say “I sent that to you!” They probably did.
In this regard – technology unfortunately can divide us. We should try to focus on the positives and be kind with each other when communication isn’t perfect. Be it a turn of the phrase, delayed chat, or just a message lost in the ether. Be kind. Especially with our families. I know all of you are really awesome people.
As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have supported us and the entire Tendenci community. With your help, we continue to work toward our shared goal – Connect the world’s people and do some good.
For many of us, it’s been a tough year with all the changes happening across the globe – natural disasters, wildfires, shootings, political issues, personal issues, and hardest of all, the loss of our loved ones. All lead us to the greatest lesson—love. It is the action of love that makes our world a better place.
It is why we are sending you our most loving holiday wishes as you embark on your journey into 2019. So Happy Holidays our dear Tendenci friends and we wish you all a Happy New Year!
As leaders in Open Source, we are here for you. Always.
The team at Tendenci has been working to make improvements to our T7 software. The batch of updates noted in this release are mostly centered on: the Tendenci Nav, Reports, and Newsletters. You can look for these changes on your T7 site.
New top menu (for both admin and logged in users)
Newsletters format update and clone feature
Reports format update (including invoices, memberships, ..)
Events views – Added sub menu for month view, week view, day view
Separated join approval and renewal approval for membership notices
Wysiwyg editor – Enabled the image title input field in the image dialog. Added class dropdown to the tinymce link dialog box
Updated the directories categories to make it easy manage
Added drag-drop functionality to the testimonials
Added memberships overview report
Added a link on Profile page to view past events.
More minor changes
(Security) Disabled GZipMiddleware to prevent BREACH attacks
(Security) Prevent fraudulent simultaneous reuse of PayPal transactions
Resolved the issue regarding manage.py hangs when caching is enabled. Re-enabled the cache for site settings.
Resolved the subprocess venv issue.
Fixed exports for directories, jobs, resumes, pages.
Fixed “Most Viewed Files” report.
The Tendenci Nav has been reorganized to help you find what you’re looking for. We hope you’ll take the time that review your new Tendenci Nav and get familiar with some of these changes. Here’s a screenshot of what it should look like:
*For all of these updates, some sites will display slightly different fonts and design features based on the site theme.
Updates in the Reports module includes consolidation of all reports into their own Tendenci Nav item.
This release also includes an update to the Invoices module, making invoices faster to browse visually in a table-based format. To view invoices in the new navigation on your site, click: Reports > 5. Financial > Invoicing.
The Newsletters module works almost exactly the same as before. We have made a few features a little bit easier to use. For example, if you’d like to re-assign the newsletter to a different group, you can now do so even after you’ve generated the Newsletter in the first step. We’ve also made some layout improvements that take advantage of Bootstrap’s framework.
The “clone” feature has also been added to this module. With clone, you can send a test e-mail, then clone it and send it to your target audience rather than copying and pasting the contents from the first send.
To our clients. The above graph is a filtered subset of what is a *typical* day of network alerts. As the media has stated, the issue is quite real.
We greatly appreciate you and it is important to us that you remain safe. To further advance that objective in the current geopolitical environment, all hosted Tendenci sites will be encrypted going forward per our CEO.
Why? Because security. The Internet has changed and we must adapt.
Adapt? Remember when that Steve Jobs guy invented the iPhone and suddenly sites that were awesome the week before… well… they weren’t as awesome the next day? The. Next. Day. Technology is like that.
Get comprehensive information about your members using our member Profiles. Including: Contact Info, Professional Affiliations, Invoicing, Groups, and Contributions.
Make a personal connection with your members by knowing who they are! Our profile images are powered by Gravatar, so members don’t have to upload their image more than once!
You work hard to keep your organization healthy! Get in touch quickly and easily by having fast access to member contact info.
Professional Affiliations and Personal Relationships
Personal information about your members helps give you information about what they might be looking to get out of being a member. Members can also attract business sponsorship. Get to know who works for an organization so that you can thank them for their support and involvement with the community and serve them better!
Keep everything in one place, from event tickets to memberships. Your members can avoid having to ask if they paid for something by accessing invoices directly from their Membership Profiles!
Committees, Study Groups, and Groups are all integrated in to the Tendenci platform to cover your organizational needs. Grouping people together means delivering more targeted content to those users. You can address groups with things like: Events, Newsletters, Articles, and more.
Users can track their contributions on your site. If they have permissions to write articles, create events, or edit other content, they will be able to find which content they have changed by looking that their Profile’s Contribution Logs!
At Tendenci, we pay attention to how your website performs. Our goal is to drive traffic to your site so that you are getting maximum touch with your members and prospective members.
There are tons of tools out there to help your organization make better choices for Search Engine Optimization (SEO.) In fact, there are so many that it can be really overwhelming to make a decision about which ones to use. Here are some of our favorite tools to use to boost SEO!
1. Headline Analyzer
Coschedule’s headline analyzer rates your headlines based on key metrics that draw people to click and read, including your word balance of: common, uncommon, emotional, and power words. Yes believe it or not, you might get a higher score here for being more emotional!
You probably write a ton of content for different pages of your site. It’s hard to keep track of which words you’re using most on any given block of writing, but your SEO depends on it. Check out if your pages are being read the way you want them to with Keyword Density Analyzer.
Trying to make a decision about whether to call your Job listings a “Job Bank” or a “Job Board?” Back up your decision with powerful data by doing a comparison on Google Trends. (Tip: Job Bank is over 3x more heavily searched!)
As marketingland states in their article, it’s not that the desktop doesn’t matter given most commerce still happens there. It is just that the buyers or donors started the journey with a search on a mobile device.
For the designers out there it is official that serving the clients means showing them the site on their mobile devices FIRST.
Mobile first design simplifies the information architecture process and focuses the team on outcomes. Focusing on your end users, the people googling your site on their iphone the vast majority of the time, is a success for everyone.
Mobile first changes the question from the ego-driven and outdated mindset of:
“How does my website look on the giant 4k monitor in the conference room?”
to a results oriented view of:
“Does this site reach our audience on their mobile devices effectively?”
Mobile first has been baseline for years. This data just confirms it once again.
Note: Tendenci, The Open Source AMS, is fully responsive across all viewports. If you are on an older version of Tendenci (v5 or earlier) we strongly recommend you talk to your developer to upgrade your site.
Written specifically for the NPO/Association market, Tendenci has continued to grow and adapt to meet the specific needs of these groups. From building on an open source framework that allows complete freedom – to mobile responsive software design – to online forums and newsletter features that keep the community involved, Tendenci continues to invest in the NPO sector. And the NPO’s have responded!
We are pleased to continue our relationship with the following organizations that have recently released upgraded websites and extend a warm welcome to those that are new to the Tendenci community.