May 10, 2013
Drupal

Rules checklist

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Rules is one of the most sophisticated modules you can find in the drupal sphere. It can be used to build complex and flexible systems that respond to a specific event. The three most important components of the module are events, conditions and actions. A reaction rule always needs a specified event to happen on the site, but the action takes place only if the criteria match.

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This blog post was written to provide a checklist before someone starts to write a custom module. In many cases a well built rule will give the same result.

Rules default settings

Events Conditions Actions

Comment

 

  • A comment is viewed
  • After deleting a comment
  • After saving a new comment
  • After updating an existing comment
  • Before saving a comment

 

Node

 

  • After deleting content
  • After saving new content
  • After updating existing content
  • Before saving content
  • Content is viewed

 

System

 

  • Cron maintenance tasks are performed
  • Drupal is initializing
  • System log entry is created

 

Taxonomy

 

  • After deleting a term
  • After deleting a vocabulary
  • After saving a new term
  • After saving a new vocabulary
  • After updating an existing term
  • After updating an existing vocabulary
  • Before saving a taxonomy term
  • Before saving a vocabulary

 

User

 

  • After a user account has been deleted
  • After saving a new user account
  • After updating an existing user account
  • Before saving a user account
  • User account page is viewed
  • User has logged in
  • User has logged out


 

Data

 

  • Data comparison
  • Data value is empty
  • List contains item
  • Text comparison

 

Entities

 

  • Entity has field
  • Entity is new
  • Entity is of bundle
  • Entity is of type
  • User has field access

 

Node

 

  • Content is of type
  • Content is promoted to frontpage
  • Content is published
  • Content is sticky

 

Path

 

  • Path has URL alias
  • URL alias exists

 

User

 

  • User has role(s)
  • User is blocked


 

Data

 

  • Add a variable
  • Add an item to a list
  • Calculate a value
  • Convert data type
  • Remove an item from a list
  • Set a data value

 

Entities

 

  • Create a new entity
  • Delete entity
  • Fetch entity by id
  • Fetch entity by property
  • Save entity

 

 

Node


 

  • Make content sticky
  • Make content unsticky
  • Promote content to front page
  • Publish content
  • Remove content from front page
  • Unpublish content

 

Path

 

  • Create or delete a content's URL alias
  • Create or delete a taxonomy term's URL alias
  • Create or delete any URL alias

 

Rules scheduler

 

  • Delete scheduled tasks
  • Schedule component evaluation

 

System

 

  • Page redirect
  • Send mail
  • Send mail to all users of a role
  • Set breadcrumb
  • Show a message on the site

 

User


 

  • Add user role
  • Block a user
  • Remove user role
  • Unblock a user


 

Rules bonus pack

Events

Conditions

Actions

Rules Bonus: Views

  • After a view has been built
  • After a view has been rendered
  • Before a view is being built

Rules Bonus: Miscellaneous

  • Check number of results from a view
  • String contains number
  • User has permission(s)

Batched Rules

  • Alter batch context

Rules Bonus: Block

  • Disable a block
  • Place a block

Rules Bonus: Miscellaneous

  • Clone a node
  • Create a date from a number
  • Get integer from string
  • Load a comment list with Views
  • Load a node list with Views
  • Load a path alias
  • Load a user list with Views
  • Load the first node in a Views list
  • Merge two strings
  • Set page title

Rules Bonus: Theme

  • Set body classes
  • Set head title

Rules Bonus: Views

  • Unset a view handler

Flags

Events

Conditions

Actions

  • A node has been flagged, under "Bookmarks"
  • A node has been unflagged, under "Bookmarks"
  • Comment has flagging count
  • Comment is flagged
  • File has flagging count
  • File is flagged
  • Node has flagging count
  • Node is flagged
  • Taxonomy_term has flagging count
  • Taxonomy_term is flagged
  • Taxonomy_vocabulary has flagging count
  • Taxonomy_vocabulary is flagged
  • User has flagging count
  • User is flagged
  • Fetch content flagged by user
  • Fetch users who have flagged a comment
  • Fetch users who have flagged a file
  • Fetch users who have flagged a node
  • Fetch users who have flagged a taxonomy_term
  • Fetch users who have flagged a taxonomy_vocabulary
  • Fetch users who have flagged a user
  • Flag a comment
  • Flag a file
  • Flag a node
  • Flag a taxonomy_term
  • Flag a taxonomy_vocabulary
  • Flag a user
  • Trim a flag
  • Unflag a comment
  • Unflag a file
  • Unflag a node
  • Unflag a taxonomy_term
  • Unflag a taxonomy_vocabulary
  • Unflag a user

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Events

Conditions

Actions

  • After deleting a profile
  • After saving a new profile
  • After updating an existing profile
  • Before saving a profile
  • Profile is viewed

 

 

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