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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!


West Houston Dining Favorite, The Devine Affair, Finds New Patrons with Tendenci Website

Houston, TX — October 9, 2017

The Devine Affair has long been a favorite of West Houston neighborhoods, providing both innovative new dishes and traditional fare for an extremely loyal clientele. Originally focused on great Italian food, The Devine Affair has expanded their menu to include tender steaks, fresh seafood, and seasoned poultry dishes, creating delicious options for every palate. 

Owners, Lindsey and John Jeffery, and Chef/General Manager, Dane George, create an atmosphere that is both intimate and lively for their guests, with live music from the baby grand piano filtering through a relaxed happy hour crowd. The restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list, hand-selected by Jeffery, and a cozy outdoor patio.

The restaurant worked with Tendenci to create a website that reflected the dining experience offered by The Devine Affair.

"We are known as an Italian restaurant," says George, "but we offer so much more than that on our menu."

With innovation bubbling away in the kitchen, Tendenci built a site that showcases the entire slate of dishes with a spotlight on current specials. The natural SEO built into the software allows The Devine Affair to be found online by patrons looking for the perfect place to have dinner, host a party or meet for happy hour. The Devine Affair also provides catering and carry-out options for corporate events and in-home family dinners, services that Tendenci promotes on the site and in the search engine optimization strategy. 

The Devine Affair Responsive Website by Tendenci — The Open Source AMS Screenshots

With a built-in newsletter feature included in Tendenci, the restaurant is able to stay in touch with their customers about specials and events without incurring any additional operating costs.

"The Devine Affair is the hidden gem of the Energy Corridor," says George. "We look forward to welcoming new faces from all over the city to enjoy our hand-crafted dishes." 

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About Tendenci 
Headquartered in Houston with an office in San Francisco, Tendenci (https://www.tendenci.com) develops the Tendenci Open Source Association Management System (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 powers the websites of the Rice University's Baker Institute for Public PolicyAdvance.org, 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 is available at https://www.tendenci.com.


Serving through Knowledge at USC with Phi Alpha Honor Society's Tendenci Site

San Francisco, CA — September 1, 2017

The Purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society - Omicron Epsilon Chapter is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. "Through Knowledge - the challenge to serve."

Phi Alpha is a national honor society dedicated specifically to social workers across the U.S. Phi Alpha is founded on the values of humanitarianism, professional development and research. One of the missions of Phi Alpha Honor Society is to foster connections and bonds amongst social workers who uphold the values of the organization.

Using a customized Tendenci Membership Application and our Comprehensive Membership Profiles, USC's Phi Alpha Honor Society is going completely digital to manage their organization!

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usc phi alpha - comprehensive membership profiles

About Tendenci 
Headquartered in Houston with an office in San Francisco, Tendenci (https://www.tendenci.com) develops the Tendenci Open Source Association Management System (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 powers the websites of the Rice University's Baker Institute for Public PolicyAdvance.org, 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 is available at https://www.tendenci.com.


Main Street Ministries Provides Services for the Homeless with Tendenci

Houston, TX — May 18, 2017

"Main Street Ministries Houston was established in 2009 to unite and strengthen Operation ID and Shepherd’s Center, two long-running, volunteer outreach ministries of First Presbyterian Church Houston.  Both ministries were founded by FPC members whose concern for the growing needs of the poor and homeless on Main Street led them to action.  These grass roots efforts began with a few compassionate friends meeting at church, armed with a folding table, great faith, and a desire to help others.  Over the past three decades, by God’s grace, those efforts have blossomed into Main Street Ministries, a multifaceted center of faith and restoration that touches the lives of thousands in our community each year." — MSMHouston.org

MSM on desktop

Main Street Ministries (MSM) Houston has a completely responsive, mobile friendly site using Tendenci.  The Tendenci platform enables the team at MSM to be in contact with people in need in their community and give them access to the many services they offer.

Visit MSM Houston on their Tendenci-powered site to learn about what they do!

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About Tendenci 
Headquartered in Houston with an office in San Francisco, Tendenci (https://www.tendenci.com) develops the Tendenci Open Source Association Management System (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 powers the websites of the Rice University's Baker Institute for Public PolicyAdvance.org, 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 is available at https://www.tendenci.com.


DePelchin Helps Kids in Foster Care and Adoption Using Tendenci

Houston, TX — April 14, 2017

DePelchin Children’s Center believes that every child deserves to be safe and healthy.   An accredited foster care and adoption agency, DePelchin serves the most vulnerable children and families in Texas and works to break the cycles of abuse and neglect.  Our approach to caring for children integrates prevention, foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs to improve the mental health and physical well-being of children who are at risk of entering or are in the State’s child welfare system.  Founded in 1892, DePelchin is a nonprofit organization with locations throughout Houston and across Texas and gratefully receives support from individuals, foundations, corporations, government grants and the United Way.

depelchin on ipad

With the Tendenci platform, DePelchin has a completely responsive, mobile friendly site, allowing viewers to access information about their services and more!

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About Tendenci 
Headquartered in Houston with an office in San Francisco, Tendenci (https://www.tendenci.com) develops the Tendenci Open Source Association Management System (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 powers the websites of the Rice University's Baker Institute for Public PolicyAdvance.org, 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 is available at https://www.tendenci.com.


Labtopia's Tendenci Upgrade Highlights "Mobile First" Approach

Houston, TX — April 12, 2017

EM2 Solutions, Inc. was founded May 13, 2006 in Houston, TX by two quality professionals, Jeanne Mensingh and Gretchen McAuliffe.  Initially envisioned as a consulting company, the business was established by offering ISO, NELAC and GMP guidance to small and mid size companies.

Labtopia Phone Mocks

With the Tendenci platform, Labtopia has a completely responsive, mobile friendly site, allowing viewers to access information about their services, jobs, and more.

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About Tendenci 
Headquartered in Houston with an office in San Francisco, Tendenci (https://www.tendenci.com) develops the Tendenci Open Source Association Management System (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 powers the websites of the Rice University's Baker Institute for Public PolicyAdvance.org, 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 is available at https://www.tendenci.com


AAMA Upgrades Seamlessly from Tendenci's T5 to T7!

Houston, TX — April 1, 2017

For more than 46 years, AAMA has helped Latinos achieve their potential. AAMA has motivated at-risk youth to finish school and encouraged many to go on to college. They have taught immigrant adults to communicate in English and have guided scores of them to gain the knowledge they need to become contributing United States citizens. AAMA has prepared them to enter workforce development courses and secure livable wage jobs. And also helped both youth and adults break the cycle of addiction and make positive choices that improve the quality of their lives.

AAMA has empowered men, women and children to pursue their dreams and inspired leaders within the community. In short, AAMA has helped tens of thousands of Latinos to achieve to be truly amazing.

AAMA Mockup

With the Tendenci platform, AAMA has a completely responsive, mobile friendly site, allowing viewers to access information about educational opportunities, events, and other services they offer.

Visit AAMA on their Tendenci-powered site to learn about what they do!

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About Tendenci 
Headquartered in Houston with an office in San Francisco, Tendenci (https://www.tendenci.com) develops the Tendenci Open Source Association Management System (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 powers the websites of the Rice University's Baker Institute for Public PolicyAdvance.org, 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 is available at https://www.tendenci.com


Contango Oil & Gas Company Website Gets a New Look with Tendenci

Houston, TX - March 21, 2017

Contango Oil & Gas Company is a Houston, Texas based, independent oil and natural gas company. The Company’s business is to maximize production and cash flow from its onshore properties in Texas and Wyoming and its offshore properties in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico and to use that cash flow to explore, develop, exploit, produce and acquire crude oil and natural gas properties in the onshore Texas and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States.

Contango - Responsive site

With the Tendenci platform, Contango Oil & Gas has a completely responsive, mobile friendly site, allowing viewers to access information about their operations, trading, and more.

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Contango Laptop

About Tendenci
Headquartered in Houston with an office in San Francisco, Tendenci (https://www.tendenci.com) develops the Tendenci Open Source Association Management System (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 powers the websites of the Rice University's Baker Institute for Public PolicyAdvance.org, 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 is available at https://www.tendenci.com



MAM's Employment Services Website Increases Usability with Tendenci!

Houston, TX — March 20, 2017

MAM’s Employment Services Programs offer person-centered, supportive, strength-based approaches to helping job-seekers effectively prepare for their next great job.  In certain cases, we help clients obtain the vocational training they need, help them identify their employment obstacles, develop clear messaging that inspires confidence in their skills and experiences and to develop an effective job-search strategy. For those who obtain employment we continue to serve as a resource and sounding board for issues that come up, such as conflict with a colleague, performance evaluation or asking for a raise.

MAM Jobs Website

With the Tendenci platform, MAM Employment Services has a completely responsive, mobile friendly site, allowing viewers to access information about jobs in the area, classes at MAM, Coaching services they offer, and more.

Visit MAM Jobs Tendenci site to learn about what they do!

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About Tendenci 
Headquartered in Houston with an office in San Francisco, Tendenci (https://www.tendenci.com) develops the Tendenci Open Source Association Management System (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 powers the websites of the Rice University's Baker Institute for Public PolicyAdvance.org, 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 is available at https://www.tendenci.com


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