Initial configurations for CiviCRM

CiviCRMAfter you have installed CiviCRM you will need to make some configurations.  This article describes some of the inital steps that you might take.


Start by logging into the back-end of Joomla with a Super User account.

  1. Go to Components > CiviCRM.
  2. In the CiviCRM main (top) menu, go to Administer > Administration Console > Configuration Checklist.

This checklist allows you to go through some important initial configurations.  Each section is fairly self explanatory and the link goes green after you have visited it.  I've noted the links where I needed to make some changes.

  1. Localization.
    1. Check Language, Currency, Default Country and click Save.
  2. Organisation address and contact info.
  3. Enable Components.
    1. I added CiviCase.
  4. Register your site.
  5. Mapping and Geocoding.
    1. You might need to get an API key from Google.  Remember to log on to your Google Apps account before clicking this link.
    2. Also you will likely need to verify to Google that you own the domain.
  6. Misc (Undelete, PDFs, Limits, Logging, Captcha, etc.)
    1. Enter the reCaptcha Site key and Secret key, and don't forget to Force reCaptcha on Contribution pages.
  7. Payment Processors.
    1. e.g. Stripe Payment Processor.


Additional tasks

  1. Force redirect for to
  2. Set up your Cron Job.
  3. Set up CiviMail.
  4. Configure your Resource URLs.
  5. System Workflow Messages.
  6. Improve performance.


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