CiviCRM: Hands on Clinic

** Pizza and beer will be provided! We'll kick off at 6:00 PM with a meet & greet.

Bring your laptops or webhosting credentials along with questions and anything that may be holding up your project. We will set up small groups in which users will assist each other with installation, configuration, or walk through any steps that you would like to learn about.

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  • Richard P.

    Thank you. Great discussion at the meeting.

    October 11, 2013

  • Peter P.

    We've used the path redirect functionality to create a 301. Since CiviCRM doesn't take well to changing the URL, this way a friendly URL can be used in promotions and publications.

    October 11, 2013

  • Richard P.

    Here's a question for tonight: What is the best practice for renaming a contribution pages to more friendly URL – example.com/donate instead of example.com/civicrm/contribute/transact?id=1&etc

    We have tried URL alias, creating a menu router and even hacking the browser history with Javascript, but there has got to be something better.

    October 10, 2013

    • Allen S.

      Hi Richard,

      Yeah, there's a way to do this, using Apache's mod_rewrite. As you know, the query string gets dropped with Drupal path aliases, but with mod_rewrite you can get around that.

      Something like this in .htaccess should do the trick:

      # RewriteEngine on
      # The above line should be in Drupal's .htaccess anyway.


      RewriteRule ^donate$ civicrm/contribute/tra­n­sact?id=1&etc [PT]

      The [PT] flag in the above RewriteRule will serve content from one page (civicrm/contribute/...)­, when the user requests info from another URL (donate), without telling the browser about it -- meaning, without changing the URL in the browser's address bar.

      The downside here is that you need to add a RewriteRule entry for each donation page, but that may not be much of a concern, depending on your situation.

      - Allen

      October 10, 2013

    • Allen S.

      BTW, thanks for bringing this up -- we had a blast figuring it out at the meeting!

      October 10, 2013

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