General plugins (Local): Moodle welcome

Maintained by Picture of Bas Brands Bas Brands
Sends a welcome message to new users, sends a notification to a moderator of the new user creation
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This plugin sends one email message to users that are new in Moodle and one email to a moderator.

This will work to all standard moodle authentication systems:

  • manually created users
  • users that signed up
  • users authentication through LDAP
  • all other standard authentication systems

Configuration can be done using:

Site administration->Plugins->Local plugins->Moodle welcome

Configurable fields are:

enable / disable welcome messages to users
enable / disable welcome messages to moderators

message send to user
message send to moderator

message subject for user
message subject for moderator

send from firstname
send from lastname
send from email address

moderator email address


Download and install in your /local folder in moodle's wwwroot

Run Moodle notifications,

Configure your email messages / moderators etc


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  • Picture of Bas Brands
    Sun, 12 Mar 2017, 9:34 PM
    Have you checked the plugin settings page? Is the manual authentication method enabled?
  • Picture of Sam Villamizar
    Fri, 7 Apr 2017, 6:31 PM
    Bas, is it possible to create different welcome messages for different courses? Or the plugin supports only one message for the whole Moodle site? I have instructors who would like to personalize their welcome messages and let their newly added students know what their expectations are, for this they need to create individual welcome messages. Thank you for letting me know.
  • Picture of Bobby Loscko
    Thu, 20 Apr 2017, 11:07 PM

    I have installed the plugin and it seems to work for the moderator message, but the new students I'm registering are not receiving an email. Do you have any ideas abut what may be causing this?
  • Picture of Bas Brands
    Fri, 21 Apr 2017, 4:31 PM
    Hi Bobby. Have you turned the plugin on for the email and manual authentication methods?
  • Picture of Bobby Loscko
    Fri, 21 Apr 2017, 9:40 PM
    Yes I have verified that the plug in is active and the manual authentication method has the box check. The email goes out to the administrator almost immediately but I created student accounts with two other personal email addresses and I didn't receive anything to either of them. Does the plug in look for the email address in a field other than the "email"?
  • Picture of Bas Brands
    Fri, 21 Apr 2017, 10:33 PM
    Okay, and have you enabled the message_user_enabled tickbox too?
  • Picture of Bobby Loscko
    Fri, 21 Apr 2017, 11:06 PM
    Yes sir, hat's the frustrating part. The plug in is well laid out and easy to set up and can't figure out for the life of me why only half is working. I've been looking at every setting I can think of in our email system that might be causing a conflict, but I can't see anything. IS there anything in the site admin you can think of that I could take a look at?
  • Picture of Bas Brands
    Fri, 21 Apr 2017, 11:31 PM
    If there is an issue sending email that might show up in your server logs. But there is no way to see that in Moodle logs. You could try some other email addresses too but other than that I don't know whats going on.
  • Picture of Bobby Loscko
    Sat, 22 Apr 2017, 12:09 AM
    Ok thank you very much. I'll see what I can find out from the logs.
  • Picture of Rajendra Prasad
    Thu, 8 Jun 2017, 12:38 AM
    Hi Bas,

    I am using Moodle ver. 3.2.2

    Since I wanted to send a welcome message when to a new user, I installed this plugin. The plug in installed successfully, and very easily. However on adding a user, the mail was neither sent out to the user nor to the moderator.

    I have confirmed the following:
    The 'enable user message' is ticked
    Auth Plugins 'manual' and 'email' are ticked
    Enable moderator messages is ticked
    To confirm the outgoing mail system is working I sent out an automatic mail for new user using 'auto password generation' option. In this case the standard mail was sent out to the new user with a system generated notification mail. The mail was sent by the system and recd. by user successfully. However the welcome mail from this plugin was neither sent out to user nor to the moderator.
    Please advise what I may doing wrong.

  • Picture of Amy Emanuel
    Tue, 20 Jun 2017, 12:53 PM
    Is it possible to send the welcome the first time someone logs in rather than when their account is created?

  • Picture of Bas Brands
    Tue, 20 Jun 2017, 3:10 PM
    Hi Amy, The plugin was designed to send it at account creation. Sending it on first login would be a new function that is not part of this plugin.
  • Picture of Amy Emanuel
    Thu, 22 Jun 2017, 9:21 AM
    Any chance you would consider modifying it? smile
  • Picture of Lynda Margaret
    Wed, 12 Jul 2017, 2:04 PM
    Hi Bas, I am still running 2.6. When I install this plugin, there is a blank page after the user signup page.
    This is the error: Fatal error: Call to undefined function local_welcome\profile_get_custom_fields() in /home1/ecourse/public_html/aladylikeyou/programs/local/welcome/classes/message.php on line 64
    Any ideas as to what I have done wrong?
  • Picture of Blair F.
    Thu, 3 Aug 2017, 5:28 AM
    Hi, Bas!

    I'm going to repeat my "wishlist" item from October, 2014: Filter who the message goes to. I'm probably asking WAY too much, but I'd like to send it only to teachers at our school ( and not students ( OR send different messages to the two groups.
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