Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the questions I'm frequently asked about my services and my site. If you've got more questions, please contact me.

CiviCRM is an open source constituent relationship management solution for the civic [non-profits, charities, political parties, unions, associations] sector.

CiviCRM describes itself like this:

CiviCRM is an open source and freely downloadable constituent relationship management solution. CiviCRM is web-based, open source, internationalized, and designed specifically to meet the needs of advocacy, non-profit and non-governmental groups. Integration with both Drupal and Joomla! content management systems gives you the tools to connect, communicate and activate your supporters and constituents.

I have been working with CiviCRM since 2005, see a list of CiviCRM projects I have worked on.

I strongly recommend CiviCRM to many of my clients and am happy to talk to you about whether it might be a good solution to your needs. I also host the domain "civicrm.ca".

I only provide website hosting to my development clients, I don't provide a hosting service on it's own. I prefer to host the projects I work on because before I started hosting them, I found I was wasting a lot of time propping up bad hosting services. The hosting I provide is on a pair of dedicated servers, optimized for Drupal and CiviCRM websites only, as described here.

The lame but only correct answer to that question is "it depends". Most of the projects I have worked on are less that $20,000. Some of them I have done for free. The best answer to this question is for you to tell me your budget, and I can tell you what I can achieve within that budget. If you're lucky, you'll have some left overs.

I decided to name my business with just my name because:

  • I wanted to emphasize that you're not getting a generic service, you're getting access to my experience and expertise
  • the goal of most web start ups is to sell themselves to someone bigger, at the cost of their current clientele. My ambition is to do exactly what I'm doing now, which is serve my clients.
  • I've been around the Canadian non-profit world long enough that lots of people already know my name
  • I'm not young, cool, hip and obscure, and neither are the websites I work on
  • when I visit other web shops, the first thing I want to know is who is actually behind it - so I'm saving my visitors the hassle

I have a few answers for that question.

  • I needed some colour and images for this site, and they were the first thing I thought of.
  • I just finished Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, so that's why I was thinking about them.
  • I built this site in early October, and there are a lot of interesting vegetables in my garden.
  • There's a metaphor in there for something, left as an exercise for the reader.