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Automation Rules - FULL 1.4.4


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  • Automatically update/modify content and member attributes, statuses, and properties
  • Automatically send emails, create conversations, and send notifications
  • Add your own custom data fields to any content, categories, or members
  • Build relationships between fields and content to keep data synchronized
  • Create rule sets that work together to form automated workflows
  • Define your own custom actions that can be used in rules
  • Schedule actions to happen at specific times (one-time or recurring)
  • Schedule bulk processing routines for content and members on your site
  • Share and refine your rules with other communities using import/export

Example Rule #823:

  • WHEN: New content is posted
  • IF: Content author’s post count equals 1
  • THEN: Send “Congratulations, Welcome to our community!” email

This will send all new members a welcome email after their first post.

Example Rule Set #56:

Rules also allows you to attach new “custom data” fields to any member, content container, or content type in your system which you can use to create all new features and behaviors on your site that go beyond what was ever imagined with the core IPS suite. For example, you can create a new “integer” data field for members and call it “Prestige”. Then you can create a rule such as:

  • WHEN: Reputation is given
  • IF: Member giving reputation belongs to the “Elder” member group
  • THEN: Add the reputation value to the member’s “Prestige” field

Congratulations, you’ve just created a brand new type of reputation system. And to take that example a step further, you could write another rule such as:

  • WHEN: Member’s “Prestige” is updated
  • IF: “Prestige” is greater than 100 (and) Member is not already an Elder
  • THEN: Change the members group to Elder

You have just created a whole new social promotion system within your community! The possibilities of what you can do with rules are only limited by your imagination.

Expansion Packs (plugins that add ECA's to apps):

Enhanced Applications (apps with customized ECA's):


Notable Features

  • Over 500 built in events, conditions, and actions for stock IPS products and contributed apps.
  • Rule actions can be configured to happen in real time or at a future time.
  • Schedule and unscheduled actions from inside of rules or manually through your ACP.
  • Built in lists of “replacement tokens” for including variable data in text entry fields (like email content)
  • Fully extensible by other apps and plugins to add new tokens, events, conditions, and actions.
  • Look for Rules Expansion Packs in the marketplace which add new events/conditions/actions.
  • Create your own custom actions within the rules app which can be invoked by rules.
  • Create your own custom data fields for any entity on your site to manipulate with rules.
  • Rules can be grouped together into rule groups and rule sets for easy management.
  • Easily import and export rules and sets to share with friends or distribute as your own rule packs.
  • Built-in rule debugging console for full visibility of what your rules are doing on your system.
  • Built in rules error and performance logging console.

Complete Stock ECA List:

Standard Content Driven Events

Content has been created or updated
Content has been approved
Content has been pinned / unpinned
Content has been featured / unfeatured
Content has been locked / unlocked
Content has been hidden / unhidden
Content has been reported
Content has been deleted
Content author has changed
Content Item has been published / unpublished
Content Item has been moved
Content Items are being merged
Content Item tags have been updated
Content Item is being viewed
Standard Custom Events

Custom data has been updated
Custom event has been triggered
Standard Member Driven Events

Member logged in / out of system
Member account is created
Member profile is updated
Member is flagged as spammer
Member is unflagged as spammer
Member is banned
Member is unbanned
Member account is validated
Member accounts being merged
Member account is deleted
Member receives reputation points
Member has been given a warning
Standard Global Events

Any record is created or updated in the database
Any record is deleted from the database
Any page is being viewed
Standard Content Conditions

Content is of a certain type
Content has a particular status ( pinned, locked, featured, etc )
Content has a particular author
Content has particular tags
Content attribute values ( comment count, start date, last post, etc )
Content is in a particular container ( Forum, Category, etc )
Standard Member Conditions

Member is in certain member group(s)
Member has a particular status ( validated, banned, etc )
Member attribute values ( post count, join date, title, etc )
Member is following another member
Member is ignoring another member
Standard Global Conditions

String values ( starts with, contains, ends with, etc )
Number values ( greater than, less than, equal to, etc )
Truth values ( is true, is false, is not empty, etc )
Value type ( string, integer, currency, etc )
Array (list) values ( list length, list contains, etc )
Date comparisons ( before, after, on, etc )
Object comparisons ( object class, object subclass, etc )
Board Status ( Offline / Online )
Execute Custom PHP Code
Standard Content Actions

Modify content tags ( add to, remove from, set explicitly )
Pin / unpin content
Feature / unfeature content
Lock / unlock content
Hide / unhide content
Delete content
Change content author
Move content to a new container
Create new content
Create new comment
Standard Custom Actions

Trigger custom action
Update custom data value
Standard Member Actions

Change primary group of member
Add secondary group(s) to member
Remove secondary group(s) from member
Set secondary group(s) on member
Change member title
Flag / unflag member as spammer
Ban / unban member
Prune member
Standard Global Actions

Send an email
Create new private conversation
Create new member notification
Display inline message on page
Redirect to another page
Delete a scheduled action
Execute Custom PHP Code


New in Version 1.1.x

  • New range of custom data input fields for public/admin use
  • Limit custom data fields by category/container
  • Set member group permissions on custom data fields
  • View complete overview summaries of rules and rulesets
  • Choose content items from autocomplete form input

New in Version 1.2.x

  • added ability to manually schedule custom actions
  • added ability to schedule custom actions on a recurring basis
  • added ability to bulk process records with custom actions
  • added new table filters to scheduled actions page


What's New in Version 1.4.4   See changelog


Maintenance Updates

  • IPS 4.3 compatibility updates

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