The solution was developed by a group of 50 Dutch Associations, under the name of "Ledenadministratie Online" ("LAO" as we call it). LAO only worked on a specific technical server setup, and the extension couldn't be downloaded. However it is very usuable for other associations in Europe (maybe even worldwide), so it was decided that the software should be open-source and multi langual. We developed the open-source version in the same manner as we did Ledenadministratie Online: by crowdfunding.
We concluded the following steps to make it open-source (GPLv2) and sell it international:
- Creating an official open source GPLv2 Joomla extension for the Joomla shop (JED).
- Creating data interfaces to accountancy programs to collect subscriptions and one time events. The data interface synchronizes member data to Conscribo (completed) and e-Boekhouden (completed). So the secretary can overview the member administration on the website and the treasurer can work in the accountancy program. More interfaces are investigated: for example Exact.
- Translating to Norwegian (completed), German (work in progress) and Spanish.
- Research how to integrate My Member Software in the other important open source Content Management Systems (CMS's): Wordpress / Drupal.