Help setting up site for non-profit

Crinstam Acres's picture

I downloaded and installed open outreach without too many problems. Had to get my server to make some changes to their setup but mostly it was a breeze.

However, I know find myself at a loss... I've started to set it up, you can see it here

Right now, my main confusion is getting profiles set up. They don't seem to contain any information and I don't know how to change that.

I am using social login, if that matters.

Even if someone could point me to a page that says "Do this", it would be greatly appreciated.

Beyond that, if anyone wanted to help on the site it would be appreciated.

It is for a free natural health retreat for people who are sick with generally terminal illnesses.

Thanks in advanced



First, before you get too

bhosmer's picture

First, before you get too far, what functionality of the Openoutreach distribution do you need?

The reason I ask, is because sometimes it is much easier to start from scratch, than pick apart a distribution and redo the parts that you need.

If you do want most of the functionality that is already in place for open outreach, to answer your original question, you need to add fields to the user profiles.

I assume that when you say "profiles" you mean the user profiles and want to add things like "Location" "Social Media Links" etc. right?

You'l find the user profile fields at admin/config/people/accounts/fields

Or by clicking on Configuration>Account Settings>Manage Fields

I don't have an option that

Crinstam Acres's picture

I don't have an option that says anything about managing fields... there is nothing under Account Settings to choose from, no section for it on the account settings page that I can see.

Are you logged in as an

bhosmer's picture

Are you logged in as an administrator? Can you visit this url in our browser:

Edit: I just tried to visit that url and I got a 404.

I think you have a problem with your .htaccess file. How did you install this?

I installed it using the

Crinstam Acres's picture

I installed it using the directions;

As for that address, like the menu option, it just isn't there.

Actually... I just checked the actual directories...

There is no admin folder at all...

Why did I choose open outreach?

Oh, I don't know... From the open outreach About page;

"Open Outreach provides an out of the box feature rich website for nonprofits."

It sounded like something that would be useful for a non profit and not cause me extra bs trying to figure out things that should be simple...

Good plan so far eh?

You won't find an admin

bhosmer's picture

You won't find an admin folder or a config folder. These urls are generated by drupal when the url is requested.

Can you log in to your server and verify whether you have an .htaccess file present in the site's root directory?

I think this is your problem. You should be able to at least be able to visit and not get a 404 error.

Are you planning on using the functionality offered by open outreach? Image galleries etc.? That was why I asked originally if you planned on using the features it offers. What features do you want your site to have?

No there is no .htaccess

Crinstam Acres's picture

No there is no .htaccess folder in the root directory. I also find no mention of anything about it in any of the install instructions.

And yes, I am planning on using the extra parts of open outreach.

That is your problem. You

bhosmer's picture

That is your problem.

You need to get an .htaccess file at the root of your site.

Most likely when you copied the files over, it was hidden since it is preceded by a . in the filename.

The Drupal Installation guide may prove helpful as well.

Part of the installation

Crinstam Acres's picture

Part of the installation instructions are this;

From the main cPanel page, click on “File manager”.
Click the “Upload” button, browse to find the Open Outreach file you downloaded and click “Open”.
Click the “Extract” button to extract the uploaded file.
Rename the directory with the name of the site you are installing.
Within this directory, you now have the core Drupal files, as well as in the “profile” folder Open Outreach and all its modules, themes and libraries.
Within the “Sites” directory, go into the defaults folder.
Copy the file default.settings.php, paste into the same folder and rename settings.php."

Unless I am not understanding something here, it wouldn't be possible for me to miss it if it was included in the package AS IT STATES IT IS;

"Some of these settings are contained in the default .htaccess file that ships with Drupal, so you shouldn't need to set them explicitly. "

So, if I am missing it, it was missing from the install file that open outreach is putting out no?

I downloaded it as a tarball from the open outreach site; version 7.x-1.0-rc3

and then (as per the instructions), extracted it right to the site.

I am offering no explanation

Crinstam Acres's picture

I am offering no explanation for this, but apparently, even though the htaccess file IS in the archive, and I extracted it right to the site, it didn't include it...

I uploaded it now, give me a few minutes...

No, it isn't missing. It just

bhosmer's picture

No, it isn't missing. It just didn't get copied over to your server. Are you using windows by chance? I just extracted that same file and it is there. Do you by chance see a .gitignore file there? If you don't then you aren't seeing files that start with a .

You need to simply upload the .htaccess file to the root of your webserver. You could just copy and paste the text from the link I provided earlier and call it 1.htaccess. Upload that file to your server and then rename it to .htaccess

ok, now that link that you

Crinstam Acres's picture

ok, now that link that you posted earlier goes to the main 'Accounts' page... still nothing about fields

niether the .htaccess or the

Crinstam Acres's picture

niether the .htaccess or the .gitignore file extracted to the site from the archive, although I can confirm they are indeed included in it...

No clue why.

and yes, I am using windows

You need to log in as an

bhosmer's picture

You need to log in as an administrator. This: says "Access Denied" for me.

You are so close now to getting it working!

that links logs me into this

Crinstam Acres's picture

that links logs me into this page


Still no fields there.

send me an email and I'll make an admin account for you

Now that you are logged look,

bhosmer's picture

Now that you are logged look, in the upper-right-hand corner for the manage fields manage fields tab.

... except I don't have those

Crinstam Acres's picture

... except I don't have those tabs... or any tabs for that matter... lol

Click on account settings.

bhosmer's picture

Click on account settings.

Field UI module

rosemarymann's picture

Field UI is not enabled by default on Open Outreach as many site administrators will make not changes to the fields being used. So if you do want to access this, you need to enable the Field UI module (same for View UI and Context UI if you need access to those.)

Fields UI it was!!! Okay,

Crinstam Acres's picture

Fields UI it was!!!

Okay, thanks for both of your help so far... I'll come back when I next get confused lol

Ok, next question, same topic

Crinstam Acres's picture

Ok, next question, same topic (profiles)

Where do I find what fields have already been defined?

Also, where do I map the info from social login to the fields?

For a list of fields:

bhosmer's picture

For a list of fields: /admin/reports/fields

For a module specific question, like Social Login, you might try the specific module's Documentation page.

You're welcome for all of the

bhosmer's picture

You're welcome for all of the free support and help I gave you yesterday. Please don't contact me any more.


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You know... I do realize that you are trying to be helpful, however, something apparently needs to be pointed out to you.

I am not a web designer, I am not a web developer, nor am I a rich playboy with nothing but time on my hands.

I am a guy who was told he had less then a 27% chance to be alive in 5 years, who is doing their best to build something that will help others.

Would it be better for the website if I took the time to read every single word I could find on the topic at hand? Absolutely it would... And if the website was the biggest priority in my life, I just might.

Seems real life issues, such as me not dying, getting things ready to move into the middle of nowhere, and trying to raise money for this project so we can do more then offer a spot for people to pitch a tent, trying to sell our current farm and so on and so on, are by FAR, much more important, so chances are, although I do choose to learn as quickly as I can, when I have a question, I just may ask for some help instead of pouring through yet more almost useless documentations.

Get it?

Now, I was going to post this in the thread and make it a public bitch slap to you... instead I choose to send this privately to give you a chance to understand that if you want to offer help such as "read the docs", then you are best off just going away and staying away.


Okay, you want to be an ass,

Crinstam Acres's picture

Okay, you want to be an ass, be an ass.

I did NOT contact you, you contacted me. I asked specific questions for help. Telling me to read the documentation is the act of a troll... so how about you just stay away from my posts and not respond to them.

And remember, I tried to keep it quiet in order to not point out to the community at large what an ass you are.

Field name: body

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Field name: body Field Type: Long text and summary (module: Text) Used in: Article, Blog, Book page, Event, Forum topic, Link, Member page, Section

I am assuming that when it says something like this, there is further definition of the field somewhere to differentiate which part it has been used in, or are they just saying the same input shows in all those places?

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