I want to send out membership reminders 6 weeks, 3 weeks, etcetera before membership lapses. To send them out, i see multiple cron jobs:

  • process_membership, named Update Membership Statuses and Send Renewal Reminders
  • send_reminder, named Send Scheduled Reminders, and
  • process_membership_reminder_date, named Set Renewal Reminder Dates

The first one should be on, I guess, like daily or so ? It may depend on the second one - not sure ? The 3rd one comes with a warning that it should be off:

WARNING: Membership renewal reminders have been migrated to the Schedule Reminders functionality

indicating that perhaps the first one doesnt have to be on at all.

I'm all confused :-) How do I set this up ?

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The first one, process_membership, goes around and updates the membership statuses. It's what sets a member's status to "expired" once the end date comes around. Once upon a time, it sent reminders, but it doesn't anymore (new installations don't have that label for the job). You should be able to have it run daily.

The second one, send_reminder, is for all reminders--activity, event, birthday, etc. in addition to memberships. Although you could get away with running it daily, you should run this hourly, because you may have time-sensitive reminders set up for events.

Once you have the job running, you should go into the Scheduled Reminders admin page and set up the appropriate reminders.

The third one, process_membership_reminder_date, should stay disabled--it's obsolete, as the warning says. You could even delete it if you like.

  • wtf .. i was going to delete process_membership_reminder_date .. but its gone today. and the label for process_membership has changed. I had to come back here to see what I wrote yesterday. hm, whatever happened, i suppose its good.
    – commonpike
    Commented May 28, 2015 at 12:02

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