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The Nehemiah Center of Houston Releases Fresh Design for their Tendenci Website, Just in Time for the Holidays

Houston, TX — December 20, 2018

The Nehemiah Center of Houston has provided a safe haven and enriched learning environment for at-risk children since 1996, serving and following these children and their families from early childhood to college years.

Nehemiah website Showcased on laptop

Nehemiah Center relied on the feature-rich Tendenci Content Management System (CMS) to build a fresh modern look and an engaging interface that makes information readily accessible.

Their updated website's mobile responsive design allows users faster and easier access to information and forms needed for families to connect to the Center, helping to build lasting relationships with families and their children, as well as Center volunteers. The Nehemiah Center website boasts a wealth of information from individual program descriptions and Center events to volunteer and parent portals. In addition, supporters of the Center can donate to their cause at the click of a button in a seamless experience with an embedded donation form. Nehemiah proudly highlights their all-stars on their hompage with easy to manage data and their sponsors using the Tendenci directories module. The random select in their Tendenci photos module allows for a unique experience with every site visit.

Tendenci -The Open Source AMS is proud to partner with Nehemiah Center on their mission to provide assistance to low income families who are invested in seeking a better future for their children through education, emotional wellness and spiritual enrichment, and excited to see what their future brings to the communities of Houston.

View the Nehemiah Center Site Live

 

About Tendenci - The Open Source AMS
Headquartered in Houston with an office in San Francisco, Tendenci - The Open Source AMS. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over one million users overall and earned a spot in Capterra's Top 20 Membership Management Software Products

Tendenci also powers the websites of the Rice University's Baker Institute for Public PolicyDePelchin Children's Center, and Americans Citizens Abroad, among hundreds of others. Tendenci also offers web design services and integrates other open source applications into the websites of its international client base. Tendenci Open Source powers websites that encompass a variety of NPO and industry segments around the world. Additional information about Tendenci - The Open Source AMS is available here.


North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness Releases Revamped Tendenci Website Following Hurricane Florence

Houston, TX — October 4, 2018

The North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness, NCCEH, serves as an advocacy group and central resource for agencies,organizations and individuals that address the needs of the homeless residents of North Carolina. The recently upgraded Tendenci website has been critical to collection and dissemination of information following the devastation of Hurricane Florence.

NCCEH screenshot on ipad display

Mobile responsiveness was crucial to the design of the new site in order to deliver an optimal user experience to NCCEH members and constituents. The added challenge for the Coalition was the enormous amount of information they host and determining the best way to structure their resources for ease of access and maintenance. NCCEH relied on the feature-rich Tendenci Content Management System (CMS) to build an engaging interface that makes information readily accessible.

Using Tendenci Events, NCCEH hosts a variety of informational meetings, trainings and community events. The flexibiilty of the Events module allows NCCEH to post both paid and free events, collecting registrations and payments online when needed. Event reminders, rosters, invoicing reports and quick addition of offline registrations makes event management simple and complete.

NCCEH is supported by the community it serves. A multi-tiered Membership structure provides price points that support various levels of donation and support. The Coalition has individual members, premium members, and organizational memberships for supporting associations based on their operating budgets. Dialogue Groups provide self-selected inclusion in discussion groups with other members for support and knowledge sharing. 

Fully committed to their members, NCCEH also hosts a Job Board and accepts postings from the community. 

We are proud to partner with NCCEH on their mission to end homelessness and are excited to see the many features of Tendenci implemented to serve their members.

View the North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness Site Live

 

 

About Tendenci - The Open Source AMS
Headquartered in Houston with an office in San Francisco, Tendenci - The Open Source AMS. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over one million users overall and earned a spot in Capterra's Top 20 Membership Management Software Products

Tendenci also powers the websites of the Rice University's Baker Institute for Public PolicyDePelchin Children's Center, and Americans Citizens Abroad, among hundreds of others. Tendenci also offers web design services and integrates other open source applications into the websites of its international client base. Tendenci Open Source powers websites that encompass a variety of NPO and industry segments around the world. Additional information about Tendenci - The Open Source AMS is available here.

 


Brennan's of Houston Launches New Tendenci Website To Showcase Cuisine and Venues

Houston, TX — August 14, 2018

Brennan's is a longtime Houston favorite for fine dining with a true touch of Southern hospitality. Beautiful facilities provide the perfect backdrop for a special evening out, influential business meeting, or one-of-a-kind wedding. Brennan's upgraded their Tendenci website to showcase the menu options and amazing facilities enjoyed when making lasting memories.

Brennan's of Houston Homepage

Brennan's implemented a mobile-friendly design that builds excitement about visiting the restaurant while keeping the business goal of having visitors make a reservation available at all times. A floating action button (or FAB) keeps options for calling or accessing the embedded online reservation system at your fingertips.

Using the Tendenci Events module, Brennan's promotes special events, such as wine tastings or cooking classes, with online registration, payment and event reminders for their customers. Event planners can view registrants, pull rosters and run reports on the detail of their events for easy event management.

Special attention was also given to the Private Party rental options to highlight the multiple venues available. Custom inquiry forms are embedded with each room detail explanation so interested brides and event planners can request information when they find the perfect space.

With this release, Brennan's has also modified the Tendenci News module to share their favorite recipes with fans everywhere. Using the News module for the Brennan's company blog, recipes are tagged and filtered for a quick link to delicious recipes that can be replicated in kitchens around the world. In addition, Tendenci's CMS makes it easy for Brennan's to update their menus with seasonal favorites. 

We love Brennan's stated mission of Creating Enduring Memories and are proud to be the partner of choice for Brennan's of Houston.

View the Brennan's of Houston Site Live

 

About Tendenci - The Open Source AMS
Headquartered in Houston with an office in San Francisco, Tendenci - The Open Source AMS. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over one million users overall and earned a spot in Capterra's Top 20 Membership Management Software Products

Tendenci also powers the websites of the Rice University's Baker Institute for Public PolicyDePelchin Children's Center, and Americans Citizens Abroad, among hundreds of others. Tendenci also offers web design services and integrates other open source applications into the websites of its international client base. Tendenci Open Source powers websites that encompass a variety of NPO and industry segments around the world. Additional information about Tendenci - The Open Source AMS is available here.


Luxembourg American Chamber of Commerce Expands Their Online Community with Tendenci

Houston, TX — March 19, 2018

The Luxembourg American Chamber of Commerce, based in New York City, brings companies and executives from Luxembourg and the United States together to advance mutually-beneficial business opportunities. The organization, known locally as LACC, selected Tendenci as the AMS best suited for their membership and networking programs.

Luxembourg American Chamber of Commerce website

The new website easily handles multiple levels of membership to support the Chamber's growth strategy. Company membership tiers are based on a respective number of chamber delegates and club benefits. Individuals seeking networking opportunites are also encouraged to join independently. A complete public directory of Chamber members can be searched by individual name, company, location or industry to facilitate business relationships.

LACC is eager to send Newsletters through the site using Tendenci's time-saving newsletter generator, informing members and prospective members of recent news and upcoming events. Links within the newsletter direct readers back to the website for full news coverage and the ability to register and pay for chamber events. Features such as automatically adding the newsletter to the site as an article and detailed analytic reports on reader response allow LACC to fine tune their efforts at member engagement with minimal effort.

The Luxembourg-American Chamber of Commerce aims to stimulate and promote economic development, trade and investment, between North America and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

View the Luxembourg American Chamber of Commerce Site Live

 

About Tendenci - The Open Source AMS
Headquartered in Houston with an office in San Francisco, Tendenci - The Open Source AMS. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over one million users overall and earned a spot in Capterra's Top 20 Membership Management Software Products

Tendenci also powers the websites of the Rice University's Baker Institute for Public PolicyDePelchin Children's Center, and Americans Citizens Abroad, among hundreds of others. Tendenci also offers web design services and integrates other open source applications into the websites of its international client base. Tendenci Open Source powers websites that encompass a variety of NPO and industry segments around the world. Additional information about Tendenci - The Open Source AMS is available here.


PRSA San Francisco Bay Area Launches Integrated Tendenci Site for Increased Member Engagement

San Francisco, CA — March 2, 2018

The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of PRSA provides opportunities for networking and professional growth to its West Coast members. Building on the flexibility of Tendenci, PRSA-SF has released a site that takes advantage of Tendenci's CMS and Job Board features while integrating with EventBrite and MailChimp for calendaring and newsletters.

PRSASF - responsive showcase of the website on different screen platforms

The site for PRSA-SF contains full bios for board members, custom forms to gather information about interested volunteers, opportunities for sponsorship, and a blog featuring select members and their contributions to the industry.

PRSA is the nation’s largest community of public relations and communications professionals.

View the PRSA San Francisco Bay Area Site Live

 

About Tendenci - The Open Source AMS
Headquartered in Houston with an office in San Francisco, Tendenci - The Open Source AMS. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over one million users overall and earned a spot in Capterra's Top 20 Membership Management Software Products

Tendenci also powers the websites of the Rice University's Baker Institute for Public PolicyDePelchin Children's Center, and Americans Citizens Abroad, among hundreds of others. Tendenci also offers web design services and integrates other open source applications into the websites of its international client base. Tendenci Open Source powers websites that encompass a variety of NPO and industry segments around the world. Additional information about Tendenci - The Open Source AMS is available here.


The Public Relations Strategist 'Best Of' Includes 'Age of Disruption' by Ed Schipul

'Finding Creativity in this Age of Disruption', authored by Ed Schipul, Founder and CEO of Tendenci - The Open Source AMS, was selected by the Public Relations Society of America in 2014 for publication in The Public Relations Strategist. This year it was chosen for inclusion in the PRSA Winter 2017 'Best Of' issue.

From the article:

This is the age of disruption. Whether you realize it or not, disruptive forces are at work in your industry. As a communications leader, it is important that you keep an open mind about change and be hypervigilant to provide your CEO with pertinent information about emerging trends and opportunities inside and outside your industry or sector. 

From your CEO’s perspective, this is where creativity has real value. 

Read the full article online here

See all articles included in this issue of Best Of here

 


Doctor to All Stars, Dr. Walt Lowe Launches Tendenci Site to Reach Patients

San Francisco, CA — December 13, 2017

Dr. Walt Lowe has been doctor to Houston-based All-Star athletes for many years.  A professor at University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Medical Director of the Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Institute, Dr. Lowe specializes in Sports Medicine with an emphasis on diagnosing and treating a wide range of knee, shoulder, and elbow injuries and disorders.

Dr Walt Lowe Tendenci Website Responsive Mockups

The site for Dr. Walt Lowe takes advantage of Tendenci's custom forms to gather patient feedback and appointment requests.  It also hosts an array of instructional media, recovery exercises, and more.

View Dr. Walt Lowe's Site Live

 

About Tendenci - The Open Source AMS
Headquartered in Houston with an office in San Francisco, Tendenci - The Open Source AMS. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over one million users overall and earned a spot in Capterra's Top 20 Membership Management Software Products

Tendenci also powers the websites of the Rice University's Baker Institute for Public PolicyDePelchin Children's Center, and Americans Citizens Abroad, among hundreds of others. Tendenci also offers web design services and integrates other open source applications into the websites of its international client base. Tendenci Open Source powers websites that encompass a variety of NPO and industry segments around the world. Additional information about Tendenci - The Open Source AMS is available here.


AIFIC Bridges Italian and American Culture with Their New Tendenci Site

San Francisco, CA — December 9, 2017

"The American Initiative for Italian Culture (AIFIC)'s mission is to enrich the cultural exchange between the United States and Italy through bi-lateral exchange programs with a goal to fostering greater appreciation and understanding of both the American and Italian cultures."  Since 2013, they have been producing and sponsoring events and programs in Contemporary Art, Literature, and Music.

AIFIC Responsive Mockups

With a custom feed to highlight events and news in each category of programming, the AIFIC site directs users to the information the're looking for quickly.  The built-in newsletter feature included in Tendenci allows AIFIC to stay in touch with their members and manage their mailing list seamlessly. 

 

About Tendenci - The Open Source AMS
Headquartered in Houston with an office in San Francisco, Tendenci - The Open Source AMS. Tendenci is a revenue generating online tool with over one million users overall and earned a spot in Capterra's Top 20 Membership Management Software Products

Tendenci also powers the websites of the Rice University's Baker Institute for Public PolicyDePelchin Children's Center, and Americans Citizens Abroad, among hundreds of others. Tendenci also offers web design services and integrates other open source applications into the websites of its international client base. Tendenci Open Source powers websites that encompass a variety of NPO and industry segments around the world. Additional information about Tendenci - The Open Source AMS is available here.


Tendenci 7.4.0 Release Notes

Release Summary

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.

Notable changes:

  1. New top menu (for both admin and logged in users)
  2. Newsletters format update and clone feature
  3. Reports format update (including invoices, memberships, ..)
  4. Events views - Added sub menu for month view, week view, day view
  5. Separated join approval and renewal approval for membership notices
  6. Wysiwyg editor - Enabled the image title input field in the image dialog. Added class dropdown to the tinymce link dialog box
  7. Updated the directories categories to make it easy manage
  8. Added drag-drop functionality to the testimonials
  9. Added memberships overview report
  10. Added a link on Profile page to view past events.
  11. More minor changes

Fixes:

  1. (Security) Disabled GZipMiddleware to prevent BREACH attacks
  2. (Security) Prevent fraudulent simultaneous reuse of PayPal transactions
  3. Resolved the issue regarding manage.py hangs when caching is enabled. Re-enabled the cache for site settings.
  4. Resolved the subprocess venv issue.
  5. Fixed exports for directories, jobs, resumes, pages.
  6. Fixed "Most Viewed Files" report.
  7. More fixes

Tendenci Nav

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.

Screenshot of Tendenci Navigation

Reports

Updates in the Reports module includes consolidation of all reports into their own Tendenci Nav item.

Screenshot of Tendenci Reports Menu

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.

Screenshot of Tendenci Invoices List

Newsletters

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.

Screenshot of Tendenci Newsletter Edit Menu

Have software updates you'd like to share? Fork us on Github! Special thanks to @PaulSD for lots of fixes and updates!


SSL Encrypting all Tendenci Hosted Sites

network attack monitoring visualization

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.

FAQs

Wait, what is encryption again?

Remember writing notes to your friends and using different letters pretending you were a secret agent? It's like that. Encryption is just a way to make your data difficult for a hacker (or Russia) to read as it travels across the Internet.

If a board member is traveling and logs in to your site from St. Petersburg at the local cafe, you don't want anyone to be able to see their interactions on your site, right?

What do I need to do?

Probably nothing except update a few records. Keep reading please.

Does the new requirement that all sites be encrypted apply to me?

YES. OK possibly, because you probably already are encrypted.  If you see a lock at the top in your browser bar, then you are already encrypted and you can ignore this news release.

What if I don't see the lock?

If you don't see a lock on your site, then you will see it appear very soon.

What is my cost?

Zero. For the few sites not encrypted we will be using LetsEncrypt.

Non-Zero - Clients using their own SSL certs already - there is a support cost given the complexity of multi-domain SSL certificates. We *do* charge support (gotta pay people, right?) to install your certs. Yet as a best practice - we recommend using a different certificate for your public web site anyway.

The LetsEncrypt SSL cert installation being deployed is no cost to hosted clients. Please read on to determine which category of encryption your site is in.

What about credit cards? (Those are already encrypted.)

All financial transactions have ALWAYS been encrypted. This is just us expanding encryption to all content on your site.

NOTE: Tendenci does *NOT* store credit card info. And never has. CC data ONLY exists on your merchant provider. Tendenci only records the status of the transaction ("yes, card is ok" .... or .... "nope, card is not ok").

Is this going to be expensive?

Again no. Tendenci will be doing an automated roll out of LetsEncrypt from eff.org for any site that is not already using encryption. If you have your own SSL certificate then you will keep using that. Please just make sure it doesn't expire. If using LetsEncrypt then it gets renewed automatically. For some organizations with multiple sites you may need a multi-site SSL. (Your Tendenci site however will be encrypted regardless.)

What do we need to do?

There are three sets of hosted clients so I'll answer this in a numbered list:

  1. Already using encryption. Yea! You don't have to do anything. ACES! Go get a beer and enjoy the day!
  2. Not using encryption and do NOT take credit cards. Yea! You don't have to do much besides check your Google Analytics account. MAYBE ACTION .
  3. Not using encryption on the whole site but you DO take credit cards. And again, credit card data has always been encrypted and does not live anywhere on our servers. That's what merchant providers are for. ***** ACTION REQUIRED ****

WAIT! I'm in category 3 and it says "ACTION REQUIRED" - what?!?

Thanks to the EFF making LetsEncrypt free, for the most part, you probably will need to make one or two updates. These are things Tendenci, the community as well as the company, can't do for you for security reasons.

  1. Merchant Provider updates:
    (YOUR Merchant provider we mean.) You may need to update the "post back" URL at your Merchant Provider. We do not have or store cc information. This is something YOU will need to do. But it's OK. It's pretty easy - and explained fully here: https://www.tendenci.com/help-files/configure-online-payments-merchant-provider-tendenci/
  2. DNS updates (possibly):
    Your network admin will need to update your DNS records if requested. If you get an email from our team, first OBVIOUSLY MAKE SURE IT ISN'T A PHISHING ATTACK. Once you are sure it's from us, double and triple and check again and again to be sure it is a legitimate link and make your updates.
    *** OUR TEAM WILL NOT ASK FOR YOUR LOGIN INFORMATION. WE DO NOT WANT IT. WE DO NOT STORE IT. WE CAN DO BILLABLE SUPPORT SCREEN SHARE TO HELP YOU BUT THAT'S IT. *** (Seriously, don't email your merchant login to anyone. Please.)
  3. Analytics Updates (possibly)
    Google Analytics, Bing, etc, will score you BETTER if you are SSL encrypted. Yea! However, your canonical URL (official domain name) might need to be updated. All sites will, most do already, but they will need to have "https" and start with "www". Really anything in front of the example.org part.  For example https://example.og is not valid but https://www.example.og is valid. So is https://intranet.example.org.

Why doesn't Tendenci (the company) give us greater advance notice on security updates?

I get this question a lot and it still puzzles me. Pause and think this one through. It's the difference between calling the local telephone number for the police or calling 911.

Bad actors don't sleep. Even doing this news release gives them a brief advance notice and they are watching your site probably more than you.

Our clients are global. Time is fluid to our team. And you need to be protected. Anyone in the Tendenci community with permissions is not only allowed to, but strongly encouraged and sometimes required to, immediately run an update and reboot a site as needed. Most of it is automated - although we obviously monitor it and log it over and over.

I'd like to emphasize this point. We have ALWAYS done automatic security updates whenever they come out. This is automated. If a reboot is required your site may be offline briefly (usually two to three minutes). It doesn't matter what time of day it is - if a security update is needed it is installed. Period.

Your security is important to us. Let's do this!


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