Customising Your CRM System

Customising Really Simple Systems CRM to your business has never been easier. You are able to add fields, widgets and more

Notes to accompany the Webinar “Customising your CRM”

With Really Simple Systems CRM you have the ability to customise your system in order for it to better suit your business needs. You can remove and add fields and create new dropdowns in order to create a personalised CRM system for your business.

This post will walk you through some of the available options for customising your CRM.

Getting Started With Custom Fields

You are now set up with your new CRM system and getting started with your data import. But you realise that some of the data you would like to record in the system doesn’t have a field to add it to. With Really Simple Systems you can easily change and add fields in the system yourself.

Let’s say you want to create an “interest” field for your contacts. You are looking to record what type of sports your contacts are interested in.

You can create a new Custom Field in your Contacts grid by going to Settings, System Settings and select Custom Fields, go into the table called Contact. Once in the table you can create your field by giving it a name, in this case, we will call the field Interests, and then tick the Live box next to the field and then save. The field will now appear as a simple text field on all your Contact grids.

N.B. You are able to run reports on all the custom fields you create in the system. For example, if you wanted to run a report on how many of your Contacts are interested in Golf. To find out more about creating reports take a look here.

Creating Dropdown Lists

You may want to create a pre-defined list of customer interests, so your users don’t add in any other interests to the field that aren’t relevant. So rather than having a text field you can create a field with a dropdown list option.

To give your new field a dropdown list you first need to create one with all of the interests you want to display in it. To do this, go back to Settings and the System Settings tab and select Custom Dropdown Lists. Click on the blue “Create Dropdown” button at the top right-hand side and give it a name. Add in your options in the fields provided and save.

N.B. The dropdown will automatically be sorted in alphabetical order. If you don’t want your options displayed alphabetically you have a sort order field on the left-hand side in the dropdown list where you can determine what order you want to display the options in.

After you have created your Dropdown List it’s time to add it to your custom field. To do this go back to Custom Fields in Settings and in the section LookUp Table, type in the name of the dropdown list you created and save. Your field will now have a dropdown list attached to your field.

But what if some of your customers have more than one interest? If you want to be able to pick several interests for your Contacts you can do this by making the field “Multi-Line”. Going back to Custom Fields in the Settings, System Settings tab and select the Field Type and change it from a text field to a “multi-line” and save.

If you want to remove non-mandatory fields in the system please contact our support team and they will remove them for you.

Really Simple Systems Dashboard Widgets

Dashboard Widgets

Your CRM users might work in a different department and therefore have specific interests using your CRM data. This is where your Dashboard Widgets come into play.  Within each of the CRM dashboards, each user can easily add widgets that provide personal visuals of key data, easy access to areas of the CRM system, display reminders of tasks, and much more.

Dashboard customisation is taken even further by our new feature Custom Charts. Available in the Enterprise plan, Custom Charts allows users to create their own custom widgets. These widgets are created by using our simple chart builder and once made, provide a more specific indicator of performance as you’re able to visualise specific KPIs as they can display any of your data in the CRM system, including data from custom fields.

Custom Pages & Sub-Domains

When you log into the CRM system, viewing key information takes priority. That’s why you’re able to edit the layouts of the tables/grids in your Accounts, Contacts, Opportunities, Campaigns and Cases pages to create Custom Pages that show the information important to you.

If you go into Settings, you can set up a Custom Sub-domain for your CRM, for example,, adding your company name or abbreviation to the URL. This makes the CRM feel more personal for your users and is particularly useful for consultants who might be managing multiple CRMs.

CRM User Security Options

User Security

In the Professional and Enterprise plans, you can set up User Permission Levels for your CRM users. User Permission Levels limits what access different CRM Users have to the Accounts and Contacts in the system. You can set your Users up so that only some have access to certain Accounts and Contacts. You can read more about User security settings on our Support Hub.

If you are looking to make a specific change not covered in this post or encounter any problems when customising your CRM system please contact our Support team by emailing and they will be happy to assist.

Advanced Customisation

On all paid for plans, you can set up and search for your Custom Fields in the system. By setting your Custom Fields up as grids in the CRM you can use the search bar to find Accounts with the Custom Field as well as being able to sort your data using the field on the CRM screen.

On our Enterprise plan, you also have the ability to create new objects in your CRM. Objects are sections such as Accounts, Contacts and Opportunities that exist in your system. You can access the Objects from the table on the left-hand side of your CRM. With Enterprise you can add new sections to the CRM. For example, if you wanted to create a new Object for Inventory in the system.

If you want to make any of the above changes to the CRM please contact our Support team.

Join Our Webinars

If you’d like some help in getting started with customisation, we run two monthly webinars; Customising Your CRM, and Advanced Reporting & Custom Charts. Please join us to explore how you can make the most out of these customisation tools.

If you are looking to make a specific change not covered in this post or encounter any problems when customising your CRM system please contact our Support team by emailing and they will be happy to assist.