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Email users when story is published

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I know you can use the digest mode with cron to send a digest at the end of each day and you can use the Manual Digest Plugin to send digests if you don't have cron access (like me), but I wanted to automate this function for one of my websites.

This hack will send an email to all users (who have set it up in their preferences) when a new story has been published.

Step 0. Turn on and configure the digest settings in config.php

Step 1. Copy the function COM_emailUserTopics() from lib-common.php to lib-custom.php and rename it to whatever you want ( e.g. MY_emailUserTopics() ).

Step 2. Edit this new function to set the email subject and text to suit your needs.

Step 3. Add a call to this new function in the following files

I added it after the story had been saved to the database and after the lines:
COM_rdfUpToDateCheck ();
COM_olderStuff ();

Step 4. Test it on your self. The first email will include all stories on your site.

Step 5. Let your users know about it.


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