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How to send basic mail notifications to users in Laravel

Chinweuba Elijah Azubuike

Overview

Notifications are a vital aspect when it comes to the development of a robust application. In this shot, you will learn a very basic way to send notifications to your users in Laravel.

You should already have your mail set up, as this method sends the notification via email.

Let’s use the User model.

Go to your User model and you will see use Notifiable traits. Execute the following command:

php artisan make:notification PostAdded

In the App directory, you will see a new directory, Notifications; this directory houses all of the notifications you will be adding. For now, open PostAdded.php.

In via(), you will see mail which is what we’ll be using. toMail() comes with a default mail, which you can edit to suit your application; for now, we’ll just leave the default.

Go to your Post controller and add the following:

$user->notify(new \App\Notifications\PostAdded());
//after inserting the Post to the database

If your mail is set up properly, you have just notified the user with the default notification.

Summary

Notifications send a message through whichever channel you prefer (in this case, mail) to users whenever an action is performed. Notifications can also be used to monitor the activities of an end-user in an application. Laravel makes it easy to utilize and set up on your own.

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