• Facebook-style site notifications
  • Email digest: users can specify at which interval they receive notifications for each type
  • A tool to update preferred notification methods for all site users
  • Leverages Zend_Mail (email library used in core) to send out HTML emails
  • Allows to configure email transports (Sendmail, SMTP, File Transport, SendGrid, Mailgun, SparkPost)
  • Allows to send file attachments
  • Inlines CSS styles for improved email client experience
  • Simpler testing experience: catch all email address, email/domain whitelist

Notification preferences

Go to Admin > Administer > Utilities > Notification Methods to update personal and subscription notification preferences globally.

Notification event types

Notification event types can be filtered using 'notification_events','notifications' hook. Users will be given an option to unsubscribe from notifications about these events or batch them into a digest. Note that some instant notification events should not be added this list, e.g. password reset and other account related notifications should remain instant.

Notification testing

You can disable outgoing email by switching to File Transport in plugin settings, this will instead write email as txt files to the filestore under /notifications_log/zend/

Sample SMTP config for GMail

To use GMail as your SMTP relay, you will likely need to Allow less secure apps: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/6010255?hl=en

  • Host: smtp.gmail.com
  • Port: 587
  • Secure Connection: TLS
  • Auth: SMTP with AUTH LOGIN
  • Username: <your gmail email>
  • Password: <your gmail password>

Sample SMTP config for SendGrid

  • Host: smtp.sendgrid.com
  • Port: 587
  • Secure Connection: TLS
  • Auth: SMTP with AUTH LOGIN
  • Username: apikey
  • Password: <your api key>

File Attachments

To add attachments to your email, add an array of ElggFile objects to notification parameters:

notify_user($to, $from, $subject, $body, array(
   'attachments' => array(
      $file1, $file2,