I need at least 50 different "categories" or "custom fields". Everything from Contact Info like Name, Address, etc. to specific information that I would have to uniquely name. I am getting extremely confused on how to do any of it. Is there a tutorial on here, or something? I am really new at this.

  • Civi has core fields for Name and Address, so it would help if you explained why you don't want to use the core fields for these tasks.
    – petednz - fuzion
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 0:45
  • I apologize, I wasn't very clear. I guess I was just overwhelmed. However my issue is other than the main fields that civi provides, I have several other fields that I would import from a CSV. I have tried setting up these fields so importing would be easy, but nothing I do works. I watched numerous webinars on youtube, with no sucess. Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 14:30
  • if you can spell out the steps you took, with a 'title' that focuses on that, i would expect someone helpful would come along. eg if you go to Customise > Custom Fields and add a field, what is the outcome that happens and what is it that you want to happen. HTH
    – petednz - fuzion
    Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 20:23

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Welcome to Civi! A great place to start is this wiki post about Groups vs Tags vs Custom Fields:


There are also sections of the Civi book that might help:



  • @erinefree you're very welcome. Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 19:46
  • @erinefree please do mark this as the best answer if you think it is the most useful one [=
    – John
    Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 21:44

Under your 'Administer' menu there's a 'Customize data and screens' and then a "custom fields" option. There you can add all the fields that you need.

  • See my most recent question please Commented Dec 14, 2015 at 21:24

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