Entityform Notifications and Emails

Entityform uses the Rules module for its notification system. When editing an Entityform Type, you can select rules to be run upon saving an Entityform Submission under the Notifications Settings tab for the Entityform Type. Rules and Rules Components that are tagged with "entityform submission" will be shown in this list.

Installation

  1. Install and enable Rules and Rules UI. Note: if Rules UI is disabled, then the Entityforms Rules will not show up.
  2. Install and enable Entityforms.
  3. Create an Entityform Type.
  4. Click on the Notifications Settings tab.
  5. Configure the notification settings as desired.

Note: there are also settings at Configuration » Content authoring » Entityform settings. (I assume these are for defaults that will be used when creating a new Entityform Type, but this needs confirmation from the module maintainer.)

Entityforms Rules

There two default Rules that come with the module:

  1. Email Entityform Submitter: Sends an email to the submitter.

Creating a simple site chat solution using shoutbox

Here is a simple way to leverage the power of rules, views bulk operations, private message, private message growl and shoutbox to create a simple chat solution for your site. Site runs on shared server with limited resources and php 5.2
Please note that after one month of using this solution I found envolve chat module which is what I am using on my site now as it reduces the burden on the system.
My Requirements:

  1. One single public chat on the site which auto updates
  2. Notifications to active logged in users on the site only
  3. Per user ability to opt out from the notifications messages

Step 1: Module Requirements (D7 versions):

  1. Private message
  2. Views
  3. Views Bulk Operations
  4. Private Message growl
  5. Shoutbox

2. Site Builder Documentation

Rules is an effective tool for Drupal site builders, that many users find dramatically improves their Drupal skills. The Drupal Learning Curve: a configurators view documents this effect.

Rules, like Drupal, reuses its great features at the most basic level and all the way through to the most advanced. So learning the concepts for basic configurations will have compounding benefits leading to very advanced usages.

The NodeOne Introduction to Rules video series provides a great way to easily see Rules in action and have a guide when learning how to use it. And there is also Learn Rules with NodeOne - Drupal 6 video tutorials.

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