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Support and Participation

Developer Resources

CiviCRM book!

Make sure to check out Understanding CiviCRM as well! You can also support this project by ordering a hard copy.

The primary support and discussion tool for our great community of users is CiviCRM Forums:
We encourage everyone to use the Forums for all support questions and discussion, except for technical developer topics.
Use the civicrm-dev mailing list ( for developer discussions.

Why Forums?

Forums are meant to provide a safe-space for non-technical users to post questions, get answers, discuss and exchange their experience without the need to dig through tons of programmer talk (which we like, but not everyone does!). (smile)

How Do I Get Started?

You can check out the forum site at anytime. However, in order to post or reply to messages, you need to create an account on the main CiviCRM site:
Registering here will create an account for both the main site and the Forums (with the same user name and password).

If you already have an account on, please log in there first (once) and your account will be automatically duplicated to the Forums.

After you log in, review the available "boards" which are organized by topic, and then you can either reply to one of the posts in existing topics or create a new topic.

How can I check recent posts?

Who are the moderators?

All the forum boards will be initially moderated by CiviCRM Team members. However, we strongly encourage EVERYONE to participate in answering questions and responding to posts!

We would also like to call for volunteers to help us in moderating. You don't need to be an expert to help — just a friendly attitude and willingness to chip in. Drop a note to if you are interested. We'll get back to you with specific information.

What software are you using?

The forum engine we are using is the Simple Machines Forum ( courtesy of Simple Machines LLC.
Drupal integration is provided by the SMFforum Integration module (

Big thanks to the developers of both projects for providing these great tools to our community.

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