Lighthouse Consulting & Design (LCD) provides professional web development services to businesses and not-for-profit organizations.
LCD specializes in the implementation and customization of CiviCRM. CiviCRM is an open source constituent relationship management software package that integrates into Joomla!, Drupal, and Wordpress. It is geared for charitable not-for-profits and professional/trade associations, and includes components to manage contacts, track memberships, manage event registration, receive contributions and pledges, and distribute broadcast emails. Direct integration with your website allows you to provide realtime access to membership data through your website, including empowering constituents to manage their contact details, register for events, join or renew their membership, and conduct other financial donations and contributions.
Our website development work specializes in implementation of the Joomla!™ open source content management system (CMS). Joomla! is an award-winning content management platform and is one of the most widely-used open source CMS solutions in the world. What does this mean for you? It means you have a site built using reliable, well-supported, web-based software, allowing you to manage site content without the need for additional software or licensing fees.
In addition, we provide Drupal and WordPress support as it pertains to CiviCRM implementation.
Note: Lighthouse Consulting & Design is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Joomla Project or Open Source Matters. The Joomla logo is used under a limited license granted by Open Source Matters the trademark holder in the United States and other countries.
This article, in many ways, is an extension of my earlier article about importing activities. Many of the principles and key considerations are the same. Rather than repeat the content of that article at length, I'll simply refer you to it where the principles and recommendations are the same.
Importing Activities (and Contacts)
Activity records are an incredibly useful and flexible tool for tracking engagement with constituents. The ability to create new activity types and extend them with custom fields provides an easy way to store information about your constituent's involvement and interaction with your organization in a customized way.
Quite often those points of interaction will happen outside of the database, and may be collected in spreadsheets or other data export formats which must be imported into CiviCRM. In this article, we'll walk through the steps and considerations when importing activity records. This article is not exhaustive; it's goal is to touch on key matters to consider when doing an activity import.