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Yes, CiviCRM works fine with WordPress on Nginx. However, since Nginx doesn't use .htaccess you'll want to add any changes to your site-specific configuration. For example, there are a few upload directories that have .htaccess files denying access to their contents. To do the same thing in Nginx, you'd want to add a location block to your site's ...


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CiviCRM is open source, so the software itself is free to download. So depending on your skills and availability of hosting it could be free. In practice, hosting costs (a bit of) money. It will cost your organisation time to learn to use CiviCRM. And if you would want extra help you would pay it to one of the CiviCRM Partners you could hire. (The Partner ...


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We have around 14 million contacts & 35 million contributions. I believe our budget is less than $100 million per year but it's in the ballpark I think we've used CiviCRM for over 10 years. We did evaluate changing about 4-5 years back and instead used a fraction of the cost of changing to invest in performance fixes & improvements which have been ...


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Yes. Specifically: CiviCRM is a web-app and therefore works equally well on OS X and Windows. CiviCRM has a case-management feature which incidentally was originally designed for homelessness services. There is a grant tracking feature but this is intended for organizations giving grants not receiving them. However CiviCase may be adequate for your grant ...


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No problems here. My local Wordpress dev environment (vvv) uses nginx and I've had no problems with Civi.


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CiviCRM needs to be hosted on a webserver that meets the proper hosting specs. See http://book.civicrm.org/user/getting-prepared/hosting/ Technically you could host it on your own computer, this would not be practical for an organization. I believe that your CiviCRM installation should be hosted where your website is hosted. Depending on the size of your ...


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No, CiviCRM must be installed within one of these CMS platforms: Drupal, Wordpress, Joomla, or Backdrop. But this doesn't mean you need to use that CMS for your organization's main website — you can install CiviCRM (within one of those CMS platforms) on a subdomain. The CMS handles the part of the application which deals with users (i.e. "reset my ...


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CiviCRM is unlike other online CRMs in that you can host it yourself, rather than rely on the corporation that writes the software to host it. So you can host it wherever you like. This is a major selling point for jurisdiction-sensitive organizations! If you don't want to host it yourself but would prefer your vendor handle it for you, that's also an ...


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Detailed install and configuration tutorial was just posted here: https://blog.rudeotter.com/install-civicrm-on-wordpress-with-nginx/


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See this question: Number of contacts vs. hosting space required Here is a thorough answer to that question: https://civicrm.stackexchange.com/a/3289/105. The short version: there is no formal limit to how many contacts CiviCRM can store. It really comes down to the amount and type of hardware you have supporting the software. For a record count of 5-10 ...


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CiviCRM licence: $0 For the rest: how long is a piece of string? How much it cost depends a lot of the specifics of your organisation, if you have the time to install and configure, if you need custom development, if you need more training and advices, if you need consultants to help migrating the data from various legacy systems... In my experience, it ...


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CiviCRM is a free, open source software package. You can download it for free, and you can do what you like with it. The number of contacts or memberships supported is not limited by licensing or restricted in any way. Practically speaking, the limit will be what your website hosting can support. For most cases this is effectively unlimited - some CiviCRM ...


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CiviCRM does not do anything special to either keep your data secure or insecure. It stores data in a MySQL database like lots of other applications. The security is more in the way you configure your database server and the way CiviCRM (which is a web application and not a desktop application) can be accessed from outside. A little more information in ...


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Good question. In broad terms I'd agree with the answer from William, with some reservations. To answer your question: "Can CiviCRM be implemented by a nondeveloper with limited time?" I would say yes, and to do so will take some learning and a good deal of trial and error, so if time is limited, don't expect to be able to get up and running in a few hours. ...


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Yes, CiviCRM would be a great match for what you're describing. CiviCRM is a central 'master' information hub that has quite a bit of reach out of the box: membership data (What Is CiviMember? and the following sections are a good start) mass emails (which can be integrated with MailChimp via an extension) Paypal integration for membership payments, ...


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first of all: I think you would be able to run CiviCRM without too much IT expertise or huge (subjective term though) consultancy costs. I would recommend you to contact a local CiviCRM partner and discuss your needs and costs with them. It does largely depend on your own requirements. If you realise you have a tight budget and it means you will adapt your ...


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I'd caution that 'standard' is a slippery word. Since CiviCRM is of the 'community' style of open source, there's no 'pro' version with extra features, so Ramesh has the right answer to that question. On the other hand, even after you put aside the financial hurdles, there's still the complexity hurdles of additional 'features'. So another answer is that ...


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The demo has the following extensions enabled by default, which are not part of CiviCRM core: CiviVolunteer (features under the "Volunteer" menu) CiviRules (Administer > CiviRules; this is a rather advanced extension) Civisualize (it might be disabled at the moment, it provides fancy graphics) All these extensions are freely available under the same terms ...


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It's tempting to discard this question as being too vague to give an accurate answer to, but capacity planning is a real and difficult challenge. Is CiviCRM resource intensive? That depends what you compare it with - compared to a static site, yes. A CiviCRM site with a few users occasionally looking up a contact needs far fewer resources than one with ...


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CiviCRM is a web-based tool and has no desktop component. It is thus as secure the server which hosts it, be that a local one or a remote one. There are occasionally security flaws found in the software, just like any other package. The CiviCRM team then fixes those and releases new versions. You can find more information about CiviCRM security here: ...


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Look into CiviCase for planning and tracking each animal's adoption appointments, vet visits, groomings, etc. CiviEvent has integrated location/venue components that might be useful in organizing your fostering and other volunteer activities. CiviContribute would be my first choice in setting up adoption applications, complete with payment tracking and ...


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All of it? Probably 10 years. (that's a serious answer - I know, as a member of the core team, I built a lot of it myself)


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We have a site for students and schools/providers. it is all run off Relationships and Activities and I think some of how we approached this could assist your project. I would make each Class a Contact, then you put a Relationship between the Teacher and the Class, and another one between the Class and the Student. That way a Teacher can change and it only ...


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The usual way of email integration is a bit different. CiviCRM can read a POP/IMAP account, this can be the full account or a subfolder in it. Then you have your own mailreader, be it outlook, thunderbird, gmail, office 365 mail or any other system. What I often do for customers is the subfolder option. When any email is worthy to be stored in the CRM it ...


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There's a difference between how many records a database can hold and how many users need to access the system simultaneously on a regular basis. For the latter it's a much harder question because it depends not just on hardware but usage patterns and where the users are located (network latency), and I mention that specifically because you mention Captive ...


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Our general strategy with payment processors is to get most of them out of core and into extensions, where they can be better maintained, so no, this is not going back into core. In fact, it's because Moneris didn't ever respond to the license questions about their mpgClasses.php file that it started falling out of core ... I'd be happy to work with you to ...


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How a report is sorted is defined in the Report Criteria. Depending on what data the report looks at, you can sort of different criteria. It's usually called something like "Order by columns" and appears below the Selected Columns. Reports generally sort in date order. If you want to play about with the data, the easiest thing to do is export to CSV and ...


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In effect Platform.sh supports any PHP application, though it does have some specific magic for Drupal, but you can run any PHP application unmodified. All you need is to know is how to inject the correct configuration for the infrastructure dependencies (MySQL, and possibly Redis or Solr in this case). The specific "Drupal Magic" brings support for ...


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It is INCREDIBLY difficult to migrate data from Raiser's Edge. You will definitely want to use an ETL tool, as suggested in another answer. I have made my documentation available here. I also have my Raiser's Edge to CiviCRM transforms available here. There's also a video available here.


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CiviCRM can do all the things you described above, with two caveats: Some of the requests you're making around primary contact and one account managing multiple members work in CiviCRM with any CMS - but if your CMS isn't Drupal, you'll end up with some clunky public-facing data entry. Stack Exchange is littered with people asking how to do forms like you'...


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