Breaking News Example

This module provides a simple way to show a short-term urgent message on the website. Think of CNN Breaking News, when they show a short message the top of the site (or the 'Welcome!' style messages at StackExchange websites). This module works for both anonymous and authenticated users by using a cookie, and recording actions in the database. This solves the need to show messages independent of the users authenticated status.

With User Alerts, you can:

  • Alert users about breaking news, or a special same-day sale for ecommerce
  • Schedule publishing of alerts via Scheduler
  • Override display with TPL and CSS

How to use this module:

  1. Enable User Alerts
  2. Set the appropriate permissions for selected roles
  3. Set the User Alert block in the appropriate region of your theme.
  4. Create a user alert node.

You can also set some global settings for alerts at admin/settings/user-alert.

Unpublished alert nodes are removed from the system automatically. This is to prevent an old alert being seen by a user (if the cookie was cleared or expired, for example) if a node was republished accidentally.

You can also enable Drupal core caching / block caching and still use this module. It's content is generated by AJAX to be usable even when displayed on a cached page.

User Alert also supports multilingual websites via Locale, Content Translation and Entity Translation (field level translation).

7.x-2.x Branch (Development)

This branch aims to remove User Alert from being a content type and transition it to a fieldable entity with its own bundle types. This will grant instant usability with Views, Rules, and other Entity contrib modules for maximum flexibility. It is under development.

This module was sponsored by the US Travel Association and developed by Inclind.

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