We’re trying not to make a habit of Friday releases with lots of new features, but we tend to just get too excited about them to wait until Monday. Today’s 2.4 release of the free Automator plugin is no different, and it includes two fantastic new integrations: Tutor LMS and WP Fluent Forms. Yes, at this point we have the elearning and form spaces well covered for automations, but there are two other little changes in today’s release that might be even more exciting.
Tutor LMS is still a relatively new LMS plugin, but its growth rate, ease of use and fan base are nothing short of phenomenal. The popular LMS plugin now boasts an install base of 10,000 sites, and of the 179 total reviews (at the time of writing) on WordPress.org, 174 of them are 5 stars. (We sure hope we can eventually get Automator to that level!)
Today’s 2.4 Automator release makes it easy for Tutor LMS site owners to have student course activity trigger actions in other plugins (and sites!) and vice versa. Here’s a simple example that enrolls the user in the next course in a series when the introductory course is complete; it also notifies the user about the new access:
The free release of Uncanny Automator includes these new triggers for Tutor LMS recipes:
- A user passes a quiz
- A user fails a quiz
- A user attempts a quiz
- A user completes a course
- A user completes a lesson
These are all really useful triggers that open up a lot of recipe ideas and opportunities, but of course additional options (including several actions!) will be exclusive to the Pro release early next week.
Stay tuned for more announcements on the Tutor LMS website!
WP Fluent Forms
Two days ago we received a request to add an integration with Fluent Forms, and today, here it is!
Fluent Forms is another plugin with a very high growth rate, a loyal following and stellar ratings on WordPress.org. It’s a user-friendly form builder that makes it easy to create and add forms for every context to your WordPress site. Its Pro version actually supports many of the integrations that Automator does, but… you can still do a lot more with Automator in the mix, including many additional plugin integrations and site-to-site recipes (e.g. have form submission trigger user creation and other activities on another WordPress site, though this requires Automator Pro).
For the initial integration in the free version, our integration is limited to a single trigger: A user submits a form. The next release of Automator Pro will get the usual trigger and action support though, including the ability to create new users.
Create a User action
If you’ve ever wished your users could create other users in the front end, this new action will make your life much easier. Create a new page, add a form, and that form (without any extra add-ons) can create users with whatever details you specify, including custom values (e.g. Company Name, School, Job Title, etc.). Need an easier way for some of your staff to create users quickly? This is it.
And it’s in the free release of Automator 2.4.
The User Meta section at the bottom is where things get particularly exciting. Add any field you want in the form, map it to a key in usermeta, and the custom data is stored.
And one more thing…
You’ll notice that the Settings page in the latest version of Automator shows tabs. These tabs are needed to collect extra information for integrations to make some new things possible. When you install the update and check out the settings, you’ll see a very interesting hint about where updates are heading in the next few weeks!