ECHO Service Transition
Intuit has given notice that the ECHO electronic transaction processing services will be terminated soon. This is a shame, but also an opportunity to upgrade! There will be a new release of ChurchInfo replacing the ECHO service with a similar service from Authorize.net. This version should be available in time to transition before the ECHO service is discontinued. Please contact your bank and see if they offer merchant services through Authorize.net. If so, you should be able to complete an application and activate merchant services through your own bank. If you cannot use your own bank you can still transition to a new back-end service through Intuit. If you have any questions please use the Contact Us button to send a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
World's Smallest ChurchInfo Server
ChurchInfo user and contributor Robert Bennet has built an image for Rasberry Pi that includes everything required to run a ChurchInfo server. This tiny server is inexpensive, uses hardly any power, and can be set up fairly quickly. The basic steps are to transfer the image to a flash card, log into the new system via ssh, and tell it to expand the file system to use the whole flash card. For a dedicated server in the church office this may be all that is required. If the system will be exposed to unfamiliar networks or users the default passwords should be changed.
Here is a link to the documentation: churchinfo-pi.pdf
Read Before Downloading
ChurchInfo is a web server application, which is nice because you can use it from anywhere with a browser but it isn't your typical download/install application. If you just want to run stand-alone on a PC please read the article below "Simple Installation on Windows". You can get the server infrastructure from xampp and then browse to localhost. The general instructions for installing on any server are in the distribution file Documentation/Readme.txt. There is a shared demo running on our web site; see article below "Try our demo". You can also register for a private demo that will run for a few weeks. See the article below "Private Demos Now Available". Your experience running a demo on our web site will be exactly the same as running your own installation. If you have any trouble with the shared demo, or a private demo, please use the "Contact Us" link above and tell us what happened. We can normally fix issues with the demos the same day.
If you want to use a commercial server please do not use GoDaddy. Their servers seem to be overwhelmed and trying to use the admin interface is terribly frustrating.
This is a very quick demonstration video showing operation of our demo installation. You can use the demo any time starting from the link near the bottom of this page. If the shared demo gets too messed up please send me a message and I will reset it.
Financial Features Video
A lot of people have been watching the quick introduction video so I decided to make another one focusing on the deposit slip. I get a lot of questions about the financial features of ChurchInfo and this video answers many of the most common questions. If you would like to see more videos for other subjects please use the contact link to send me email.
These two videos take you through the entire process of installing on a commercial server.
Private Demos Now Available
We can now host private demo installations to facilitate your evaluation process. These demo installations are created in randomly named directories. The purpose of these private demos is to give you a chance to experiment in your own space. You can enter a little data, show your minister and your treasurer how it works, without having to worry about someone changing the admin password or deleting half the menu options. Your demo space will be private but not particularly secure or permanent. Please don't put a lot of work into it as it will be deleted in about a week unless you ask for more time. Assuming your evaluation goes well please plan to download and install in your own world as soon as possible.
Please don't put nonsense for contact information. Your contact information will only be used to communicate about ChurchInfo and will not be shared or sold for any other purpose. If you put nonsense in the Private Demo Form your demo will probably be recycled soon and you will get Error 404 page not found while trying to use your private demo.
To get started with your private demo use this link: Private Demo Form
If you have any trouble with the private demo please use the "Contact us" link at the top of the page and tell us what happened. We should be able to fix it for you.
To our international users
You can set the language by changing sLanguage in Admin->Edit General Settings. ChurchInfo currently supports the following settings: de_DE (German), en_AU (Australian English), fr_FR (French, not updated recently), it_IT (Italian, not updated recently), nl_NL (Dutch), pt_BR (Brazilian Portuguese), sv_SE (Swedish). If you would like to develop a new translation please let me know!
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