Wild Apricot Updates and Roadmap

Lori Halley 26 February 2008 2 comments

Another month - more exciting updates about Wild Apricot integrated website and membership management software. We appreciate ongoing comments and suggestions - and Wild Apricot keeps evolving to address your feedback.

Our early February release included:

  • Ability to add multiple private website sections, e.g. one section for regular members, another one for premium members, yet another for the board etc.
  • Saved searches. Create a search as usual, save it - and instantly re-run it later on. Here is a quick visual illustration:


  • Search Engine Optimization Tools - Editing page titles and meta-tags (keywords, description, raw headers). This is helpful for search engine optimization of your Wild Apricot website - and for some special cases like site verification for Google Apps email or Google Webmaster tools:


(This change means you can use a favicon for your website - see https://help.wildapricot.com/display/DOC/Inserting+favicon+-+favorites+icon )

  • Function to delete all member records (e.g. to re-import)
  • Enhancements to Advanced search , including Search by exclusion 'Is not' and search of date fields by period (this/last month/year).
  • Ability to change group administrator for group membership levels
  • Member profile page customization - ability to select fields which are used as page heading. For example business associations might want to use organization name while clubs and other groups can use a person's name
  • Event start and end times are now actual time fields instead of text fields they were. This ensures that event will be properly sorted in the list, in the RSS feed and when it's imported into desktop calendar like Outlook or iCalendar.

For more information see https://help.wildapricot.com/display/DOC/0.+Release+history

We are hard at work on our next release - planned for the first week of March.

Big focus for future release is to improve manual management of transactions. Wild Apricot by design focuses on online transactions with emphasis on member self-service. However, there are always pesky exceptions :-) - people who do not want to pay online, registrations which do not go through on the first try and so on. The best systems are the ones that not only automate 'normal situations' but also gracefully handle exceptions. We have to admit that Wild Apricot had a number of gaps in this area - and here are the improvements coming up in our March release:

  • Ability to manually add new attendees to an event - both members and non-members
  • Functionality to manually renew a member by the administrator
  • Record a donation received offline
  • People who tried to apply for membership and had their online payment fail on the first try can now re-try the payment (no need to re-enter the data)

You will also see:

  • Significantly increased file size upload limits (for pictures, PDFs etc.)
  • Rich text formatting available to members in blog and discussion forum modules
  • Ability to specify a custom currency
  • System performance improvement (We have uncovered that system was randomly slowing down for about 5 minutes several times each day so we had to hunt down and revise the code responsible for these glitches)

Items at the top of the list for subsequent releases include:

  • Customization of member database fields separately for each level
  • Integrated online payment (built-in credit card entry screen and processing so that people do not have to go to the PayPal website)
  • Overhaul of our hosting infrastructure (tripling the number of our servers)
  • More visual design options and customization capabilities
  • Allowing member records without email
  • Customization of donation form

We really do appreciate the ongoing input from all of you - keep it coming and be assured that every comment is being analyzed and taken into consideration.

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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Tuesday, 26 February 2008 at 10:00 AM

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Comments

  • Deanna Tharpe said:

    Wednesday, 27 February 2008 at 6:01 AM

    Thank you so much for the upgrades!  I am very excited at being able to register attendees for events manually (we get a lot of phoners) and I want to be able to keep up with them electronically rather than exporting the excel file and adding them to that.  

    Another feature that will help our organization is being able to become a member without having an e-mail address.  

    One item I would like to see before August (our major event fundraiser starts then) is the ability to type in the amount of the donation/event registration rather than choosing an amount.  Or just be able to give the option of a blank field that will do that along with the normal registration amounts.

    Keep up the good work!  I am thrilled at our decision to switch to Wild Apricot!  

  • Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot] Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot]

    Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot] said:

    Wednesday, 27 February 2008 at 7:55 AM

    Hi Deanna,

    We do have a change planned to allow members without email on our roadmap. It did not make the cut for our next release (starting development Mon March 3, to be issued ~ end of March) but should go into development very soon.

    Regarding donation amount:

    Online donation form already uses open-amount field. But it sounds like for the fundraiser event you want to have such option on the event registration form: ~'Donate as much or as little as you can ' [Open entry field]. Let me know if I understood you correctly.

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