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May Update: Say hello to version 7.0, and a new look for Wild Apricot​

Shawn Klerer 29 May 2019 2 comments

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Version 7.0 is nearly here! We’re currently planning to release the version in mid-June, and we’re excited for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, we’re excited to introduce some new features, including two new payments features for everyone who uses Wild Apricot Payments:

  • Recurring donations, so you can increase revenue by collecting donations on a regular basis.
  • The option for members and all your contacts to save their credit card details, so they can check out with just a click.

We’ll be giving you more details on these features and tutorials on how to use them once version 7.0 is released.

If you're thinking about switching to Wild Apricot Payments and have any questions, you can find lots of information on our Help Site, or you can get in touch with our Support team.

We're also updating the way the admin view looks. The admin view of Wild Apricot has looked the same for quite a few years now, and it’s about time that it got a new, more modern look. 

You’ll still have all the same options and buttons available, and they’ll be in the same places, so you can continue to do everything just the same as you did before. 

If you use other products in the Personify family, Wild Apricot will now have a similar look, so your experience will be unified. 

Here’s a sneak preview of what it will look like: 

Look and feel dashboard

 

Look and feel members

Here’s what happened since 6.0


Since we launched version 6.0 in March 2018, we’ve released 21 versions of our software. 

Here are some of the changes we’ve made under 6.0:

And lots more, including fixing around 250 bugs, and resolving over 70 suggestions from our Wishlist forum with more than 2,000 votes in total.

Thank you for all your feedback on what you’ve liked, what needs more work, and what you’d like to see next – it's a major part of our planning process! Please take a moment to visit the Wishlist Forum and vote on the features you’d like us to build – click here to visit the forum.  

 

Also in this month’s newsletter, you’ll find:

 

How to Get Started Using Website Themes, Layouts and Templates

Website template - change theme

If you have a vision for how you want your organization’s website to look, but you’re new to using the Wild Apricot website builder, this guide will help you get started.

By using website themes, master layouts and page templates, you can choose whether to make changes to your whole website, particular sections, or individual pages.

In this guide, we cover:

  • What themes, layouts, and templates are
  • How to customize them
  • The differences between these elements
  • How they connect together
  • How to switch the theme, layout, or template you’re using

And more!

Click here to read the guide.


May Support FAQs


This month, we focus on frequently asked support questions about our payment system, Wild Apricot Payments (powered by AffiniPay).

My application’s been approved by AffiniPay, so now what?

Now that your organization has been approved by AffiniPay, there’s one step left before you can start receiving online payments via Wild Apricot Payments. Go to the Payment settings screen and click the Connect button that appears on that screen. 

WA Payments account approved

You'll be asked to log into your AffiniPay account. After logging in, you'll be returned to the Payment settings screen, where you can adjust various payment settings.

 

A lot of my members live outside North America. Can I still accept payments from them via Wild Apricot Payments?

You need to be based in the US or Canada to accept online payments via Wild Apricot Payments but you can accept payments from people anywhere in the world except those countries that are on the US Treasury Department's sanctions list. 

 

Every day, AffiniPay does a batch deposit to my bank account. How can I see the details for each transaction?

Start by logging into your AffiniPay portal at secure.affinipay.com click the Reports option and run the daily, monthly, or transaction reports. To view full transaction details from Wild Apricot, click the appropriate transaction from the list, or click the Show Payment Page Field button to view full details within the transaction list. 

May support FAQ transaction report 2

 

Webinar of the Month: 3 New Strategies to Boost Your Member Onboarding, Engagement, and Retention

Engagement webinar 2019Is your organization struggling to increase your member retention rate? Do you find it difficult to keep members engaged?

In this webinar, membership research expert Amanda Kaiser will share insights from over 400 interviews with members to help you boost member engagement and increase renewals. You’ll learn how members really think about renewals, how membership organizations of all sizes are delighting their newest members, and the steps you can take to engage new members fast, in order to engage them for life!

By the end of the webinar, you will learn:

  • How to get better results from your renewal process by turning it upside-down.
  • How engaging new members within a critical 3-day to 3-week window is helping highly successful organizations.
  • The most powerful (yet most under under-leveraged) key to engaging your new members fast!

Monday June 24

2PM - 3PM ET

Click here to register

 

Blog of the Month: 

Crowdfunding for Nonprofits: How to Succeed + 5 Platforms You Can Use


Crowdfunding blog imageHow did New York-based nonprofit Project EPIC raise over $25,000 to help homeless people? They ran a crowdfunding campaign — and in this post we’ll show you how you can too.  

You’ll learn exactly how crowdfunding works, 6 best practices to help you do it the right way, and 5 crowdfunding platforms to consider. 

Click here to read the full post.

 


Organization Spotlight

 

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Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) was launched in 1985 by a group who saw the need to provide information and resources to communities to reduce the suicide rate and minimize the harmful consequences of suicidal behavior.

Their website includes contact details for crisis centers across Canada, details of the CASP annual national conference, and information for people who are concerned about someone. 

Website theme: Kaleidoscope - Overcast

 

Visit the website

 

Thanks for reading! We'll be back with more updates in June.

Shawn Klerer

Posted by Shawn Klerer

Published Wednesday, 29 May 2019 at 2:25 PM

Comments

  • Norma Jean Thornton said:

    Saturday, 15 June 2019 at 4:05 AM
    I ABSOLUTELY HATE WHAT YOU'VE DONE TO THE EMAIL ~ I HAVE A DEADLINE, AND CAN'T EVEN FIND OUT HOW TO ADD CONTACTS, TYPE A SUBJECT, OR SEND THE DAMNED THING ~ AND YES, I'M YELLING! WHY DO YOU KEEP DOING THIS!!!!!?????
  • Kate Hawkes said:

    Monday, 17 June 2019 at 9:53 AM
    Hi Norma, Sorry to hear that - if you get in touch with our Support team, they can talk you through how to do everything you need. We haven't made any changes to the email wizard in the 7.0 release, so all options will still be in the same place as before: to add contacts and type a subject, click the tab titled '4. Recipients', and to send the email click the tab titled '5. Review and send'.
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