At Uncanny Owl, our team works hard to understand what people are doing with Automator…
Just 5 short weeks ago we launched the free version of Uncanny Automator. In that brief time the free version has been installed on over 700 WordPress sites, we’ve added 3 new plugin integrations, there are 6 new triggers and actions (in the free version!), it was featured by WPTuts, and we’ve seen a huge increase in interest from the WordPress community. It’s been a big 2 months!
Today’s release of Uncanny Automator 2.1.5 is one we’re really excited about because it adds integrations for 2 plugins that we really like: WP Fusion Lite and Paid Memberships Pro.
WP Fusion Lite
We are huge fans of WP Fusion. In fact, it’s installed on this site right now, we use it on most of the sites we support for other organizations, and the team at WP Fusion has always been very supportive of our work. We have nothing but good things to say about the product.
Uncanny Automator Pro has had WP Fusion (the premium plugin) support for quite some time, but today’s release makes 2 very big changes:
- We now support the Lite version, available for free at https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-fusion-lite/ and a very capable product even though it’s free
- The “Add a tag to a user” action has been moved from the Pro version of Automator to the free one
If you upgrade from WP Fusion Lite to the full version, all WP Fusion recipes will be retained. We’re confident that after you try Lite you will want the full version.
If you’re familiar with WP Fusion, you may be wondering why this integration is so exciting and what Uncanny Automator can add that WP Fusion Lite doesn’t already support.
Even the free “add a tag to a user” action opens up a world of possibilities. You can use it to trigger automations, add people to mailing lists, send notifications and more. Here are a few recipe ideas:
- When users complete a course (or a series of courses) tag them in a CRM and add them to an alumni mailing list
- When users attend an event, follow up in one week with a survey request email
- When users submit a form with certain values (maybe a job title or state), tag them accordingly
Here’s what it looks like inside Automator (tags are retrieved from your CRM by WP Fusion automatically):
For ecommerce and/or elearning sites, we know you’re going to find the combination of even the free versions of Uncanny Automator and WP Fusion Lite extremely useful if you use a CRM.
Paid Memberships Pro
Paid Memberships Pro is a plugin we relied on often when we first started building LearnDash-based elearning sites in 2013. It remains very widely used and currently has over 90,000 active installs.
Today’s release of the free Toolkit adds these 3 new triggers:
- A user purchases a membership
- A user cancels a membership
- A user’s subscription to a membership expires
Here’s what it looks like:
And here are a few recipe ideas for these free triggers:
- When a user’s subscription expires, remove them from LearnDash and BuddyPress groups
- When a user purchases a membership, pass the user’s details to another WordPress site running Automator, where an account can be created and the user added to courses
Paid Memberships Pro actions for Uncanny Automator are coming soon, but most of those will be restricted to the Pro version.
That’s it for the Uncanny Automator 2.1.5 release, but look for an imminent Automator Pro release that will include several new triggers and actions and allow anonymous recipes to automatically log users in when the recipe creates a new user.