We’re excited to announce that we are enhancing the default Neon theme! After years of the existing theme, we’re changing up the look and feel of Neon — based on client feedback and user experience (UX) standards.
Here’s a preview of what the new menu will look like:
And what it looked like before:
Exciting, right? Here’s how we worked to create this new theme:
Client choice. Of the Neon theme options, the Water theme is the most popular — chosen by about 85% of theme users. When designing the new default theme, we wanted to create something that looked like what most of our users had already chosen.
UX design updates. Like our ongoing UX updates across all areas of Neon, our main priority with the theme update was to make it easier to use. We’ve accomplished that by increasing contrast, making the font larger, and streamlining the top menu to make more space for the main page content. This is a big first step in modernizing and streamlining all Neon pages.
Neon branding. Finally, the theme update will help align the NeonCRM interface with standard Neon branding. This means the interface itself will have the look and feel you’ve gotten to know from our website, newsletter, and support center — hopefully making things more consistent and easier to use!
From a functionality standpoint, the new theme should work almost exactly the same. The only small change to navigation is the Advanced Search option — that will now pop up as an option when typing in the search bar.
Here are some additional improvements:
When the sidebar is expanded, the “Menu” tab only displays when you hover over the sidebar.
The “Menu” tab scrolls with you so that the user can expand or collapse the menu tab without scrolling back to the top of the page.
With this update to the default theme, users will no longer be able to choose alternative themes. Why? For each different theme option, our developers have to duplicate their work to accommodate for the different colors of each theme. Standardizing to one single theme will allow us to update the rest of the system faster and focus on building even more new features and improvements for you!
We’re so excited to share this new theme update with you, and we hope it makes using Neon easier for you! You can expect to see the new theme in Neon starting on Saturday, February 11. As always, let us know any comments, questions, or concerns.
We’ve streamlined the process for adding new NeonCRM system users to enhance security and save time.
System Administrators will no longer have to choose a login and password when creating new system users. Instead, simply enter a name and email address — Neon will automatically send a verification email, prompting the new system user to set up their own login and password.
Here’s a sample verification email that new system users will receive:
System users will now also receive a similar verification email to confirm any future password changes. This will enhance account security and give users warning if their account may have been compromised.
We’ve updated the System Email & Letter Defaults page to make it easier to customize communications with your supporters. As with all of our upcoming interface improvements, the new page follows User Experience design best practices — part of a larger initiative to make all areas of Neon even easier to use.
The new page also includes additional settings to configure the “Pay Later” emails and letters.
Here’s a preview of the new interface:
And here’s what the old page looked like:
For more information about configuring System Emails and Letters Defaults, check out our guide.
Happy (fiscal) new year! As many of us wrap up the fiscal year, the Neon team has been working on improvements to our QuickBooks connection. We’ve made several updates to make sure your accounting and fiscal reporting goes as smoothly as possible — so you can easily tie up any financial loose ends as we wrap up the fiscal year.
Here are some of the updates that you’ll see in your system on Saturday, June 25:
Processing mobile donations? There’s an app for that.
We’ve recently updated the NeonCRM iPhone app to include a powerful new feature — mobile payment processing. Yes, your nonprofit will now be able to enter donations directly from your NeonCRM iPhone app, while you’re on the go! Unlike other nonprofit mobile payment systems, NeonCRM’s mobile donations are made securely via a credit card scan using your phone’s camera — there’s no external hardware required.
This is our second release this month, and it’s a big one. As we approach spring and dive into the nonprofit event season, we wanted to focus making improvements to Neon that will help you promote, manage and follow-up on events more efficiently.
Here are the updates that you’ll see in your system on Saturday, April 30:
It’s been a busy month for us at Neon — we moved into a new office and we’re releasing our second product update this month! But we know that you all have been just as busy, wrapping up loose ends from 2015 and following up on your year-end campaigns. That’s why these new features will help you streamline your work and get your organization off to an efficient start in 2016.
Here are some of the updates you’ll see on Saturday, January 30:
You know what they say: new year, new NeonCRM updates! We’ve been working on some major improvements to help make sure your organization gets off to a great start in 2016.
This release includes significant updates to the NeonCRM iPhone app. If you haven’t checked out the app already, you can download it in the App Store. It’s a great way to engage with constituents, manage accounts, see donations in real time, and review activities — all while you’re on the go. The app connects with the native functionality of iOS, so you can directly call, email or get a map to someone based on their contact information.
Here are some of the updates you’ll see on Saturday, January 9: