Blog posts by AllenShaw

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July 28, 2020
By AllenShaw Filed under CiviContribute, Extensions, Finance and Accounting, Interface and design

The CiviCRM Easy IPN URL extension is pretty simple. It just adds a new link in CiviCRM's Payment Processor listing that displays the proper notification URL, with a single click. This way you don’t have to piece together a URL on your own or instruct clients on how to formulate such a URL themselves.

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July 11, 2019
By AllenShaw Filed under Extensions

Three new extensions were approved this week for in-app installation, thanks to the generosity of extension developers and the hard work of volunteer reviewers.

The CiviCRM Extensions Directory is already filled with over 300 available extensions, many of which have passed the community review process and are thus available for in-app installation.

Take a look at the goodies that await you:

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December 23, 2016
By AllenShaw Filed under Extensions, Teams

Over at the Extensions Working Group, we’re making careful progress toward improvements to the extension ecosystem, aiming to make it easier for all of us to do what we want with extensions: End users and site admins: easier to find, select, and install the right extension;  Extension developers: easier to publish extensions and set clearer expectations for support and maintenance, and easier to avoid duplicating existing extensions; Community volunteers: easier to conduct extension reviews and help them get qualified for automated distribution.

As an early step in those improvements, I’d like to point you to the relatively new Extensions Lifecycle documentation, which describes the process of publishing extensions through the CiviCRM ecosystem, along with clear definitions of concepts like stewardship (who’s managing this extension?), project maturity (exactly what is meant by saying an extension is “experimental” or “stable”?), and more.
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March 12, 2012
By AllenShaw Filed under CiviCRM, Finance and Accounting, Interface and design

A member sends several separate payments to cover outstanding dues on a single purchase, like an expensive membership or a table at an event. How are you going to record this?

A conference participant selects “Pay Later” on several different event registrations, and later wants to pay them all in a single credit card transaction.  How are you going to support this?

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January 9, 2012
By AllenShaw Filed under CiviReport, CiviCRM, Drupal

A couple of weeks back I wrote here some thoughts about letting users manage and modify their own private collection of reports without actually having site-wide "administer reports" privileges. I've since gone ahead and written up the code to make this happen, and I would love to get feedback from the community on its usefulness and ways to improve it.

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December 19, 2011
By AllenShaw Filed under CiviReport, CiviCRM, Drupal
A client of mine at NS Web Solutions is looking to solve a problem involving the way their users need to handle reports.  I think this might be common enough to be relevant for others, so here's a bit about what we're planning to do.   Note: This is based on a short forum thread here:,22307.msg93500.html  
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