I'm setting up civi on a Wordpress site and after reading all that I could find I still have tons of questions with no-one to ask.
My NGO that has members, volunteers, people interested in NGO's activities but who don't fall into the first two categories. My problem is that I'm unsure in how to properly setup the data, ie. should I just enter individual contacts and then segment them by adding them into member, volunteer or similar groups or stick with Member or Volunteer contact type? The problem in the second option is that when a volunteer decides to become a member, change from one contact type to another deletes the data from the first and the only way to go about it is to merge the data but it seems like a clumsy way to work with it. Similarly, if a person decides to stop his membership he's still a member contact type but with that added info.
Also, if I want to use civiVolunteer for working with volunteers does the choice from the second paragraph affect it in any way?
Same thing with wanting to add contact data of other NGO's, public administration bodies and similar - are groups or contact types the way to go?
Also, is there a way of expanding the demographics field that doesn't rely on adding new custom data segments because the custom data I would add would fit nicely into demographics? And, can one remove the employer, job title, nickname and so on fields from contact details because, for the life of me, I haven't been able to find it?
Thanks a bunch.