CiviCRM is used by more than 8000 organizations to provide contact, contribution, membership, event, and mailing management including several organizations most people using open source will recognize:
- Drupal Association
- Free Software Foundation
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Creative Commons
This distribution bundles Drupal and CiviCRM into a single download along with some of the most popular CiviCRM related modules making it much easier to get started. This is a STARTER KIT! These are not the only modules you will likely want to add to Drupal or extension to CiviCRM. You can find additional Drupal modules and native CiviCRM Extensions you may want to add in the CiviCRM Extensions Directory. The CiviCRM Starter Kit is a great starting point for a non-profit, but additional use case specific distributions can extend this configuration. The Community Media Starter Kit adds media management and class based certification to the features included the base CiviCRM Starter Kit. Additional distributions could be created to customize Drupal and CiviCRM for schools, churches, political organizations, mountain biking groups, etc.
Pantheon provides a FREE, one click install option for the CiviCRM Starter Kit. Live sites cost as little as $25/month to run on your own and $100/month to run with A Little Help. There are also several ways this can be installed locally or on any other host.
CiviCRM Related Drupal Modules Included:
- Download and Install the Current Versions of Drupal and CiviCRM < 10 minutes
- Using Profile Switcher to Migrate an Existing Drupal Site to Pantheon
- Enabling CiviVolunteer Extension
There are several free options for general Drupal Support and CiviCRM Support. In addition, each module included in the starter kit has their own issue queue. If an error is being caused by Drupal, CiviCRM, or a specific module, feel free to open an issue for the CiviCRM Starter Kit. PLEASE, don't be offended if your issue is moved to another Drupal issue queue or marked as a 'duplicate' here after recreating it in CiviCRM's Jira queue. This distribution brings together code from hundreds of developers and issues are often best addressed with the issue tracking system those developers use.
The project version number indicates the version of CiviCRM included. Drupal.org doesn't support packaging a 7.x-4.4.2 release, so the -rc (release candidate tag) is used instead. New CiviCRM releases or security release to Drupal modules will be packaged into a new 7.x-4.4-rc5, 7.x-4.4-rc6, etc release. Then CiviCRM 4.5 is released, we will start using the 7.x-5.x branch.