Blue Collar Nerd Zapier

How to Automate Your Life and Everyday Tasks with Zapier

Every day, we carry out numerous little jobs. By themselves, they don’& rsquo; t take much time. But they can add up, especially if you consider that time for a whole year. However we’& rsquo; re technologists and it’& rsquo; s 2020. How can we use tools like Zapier to make robotics

What can we finish with Zapier Zaps?

The dazzling part about Zapier is each app combination makes its API offered through Zapier to other app combinations offering you a ton of options to connect and develop powerful workflows.

Particularly, we're going to discover how to do a few things:

Sending out a text every early morning if it's going to rain

Establish a weekly print job to keep your ink fresh

Get emails for brand-new tasks on Smashing Magazine's job board

While each of these jobs are little, they wind up conserving you a great deal of time. And if you're creative, you can build upon these workflows to personalize a great deal more.

What is Zapier?

Zapier is an automation tool that connects all of the apps you enjoy and builds effective totally automated workflows. Whether it's automating sending an e-mail or ensuring that brand-new post gets a tweet, we can remove the manual steps of mundane jobs to focus on other things that art essential.

Each time you produce a new workflow, you're producing a “& ldquo; Zap & rdquo;. It's basically Zapier's method to offer a name to the workflow you produce.Beginning with a Zapier account

Prior to we enter into establishing workflows, you'll need an account.

Registering for Zapier is totally free and you get 5 complimentary Zaps to begin, so we do not need to worry about cost here.

Now let's get into the Zaps.

Zap 1: Get a text if it's going to rain with Zapier

To get an idea of how this works, we'll start with something easy. We're going to set up a Zap that will send us a text if the weather condition anticipates rain.

To start, click the big Make a Zap button on the leading left of the page when you're logged into your account.

Making a new Zap Here, Zapier wants to know the very first app we wish to connect. Considering that we're going to base our Zap on the weather, look for “& ldquo; weather condition & rdquo; and select Weather by Zapier. Picking the Weather by Zapier combination It will then ask you to select a Trigger Event, where you'll choose “& ldquo; Will It Rain”Today? & rdquo;, then you can click the Continue

button. Picking the Will it Rain Today? event When selecting Weather as an event, it requires a little bit of details to offer us a tailored prediction. Especially, it needs your Latitude and Longitude, which we can search for utilizing latlong.net Finding latitude and longitude with latlong.net You can then enter your Latitude and Longitude into the Customize Forecast screen of Zapier, choose your Systems which defaults to Fahrenheit, and then click the big Continue button.

At this moment, you can click Test Trigger, which just makes sure it's working, and click Continue again.

Now we're going to inform Zapier what to do with the details once it understands it's going to rain.

In the Do this ... panel, look for “& ldquo; sms & rdquo; and choose SMS by Zapier

. Selecting SMS by Zapier We're going to leave the App and Occasion as the defaults, so the next screen you can simply click Continue.

SMS App and Event Now, for Zapier to send you a text, it needs to validate that your telephone number belongs to you or that the telephone number is intentionally signing up for these texts. To do that, it sends you a one-time PIN that you'll enter.

So click Check in to SMS by Zapier, which will open a popup window.

Here, enter your telephone number, and choose Sms or Call as the confirmation method at which point it will contact you with a PIN.

Sign in to SMS by Zapier and send out a PIN With that PIN, enter it into the field and click Continue.

Entering the SMS verification PING At this point the window will close and move you back to the original flow. Here, click Continue again.

Now we get to customize the text that we get.

In the From Number field, Zapier offers a lot of telephone number you can utilize. You can either choose one number to constantly send from, which you can set up as a contact so you know it's Zapier, or you can select Random, which will use a random number each time.

Then, click within Message, and it will bring up some options. I would like to know everything possible if it's going to rain, including the probability, max temperature, and summary, so we can pick all or as much as we want and once again click Continue.

Configuring Weather condition message Lastly we get to test if our Zap worked. At this moment everything need to be configured, so click the Test & & Evaluation button and you should get a sample text!

Note: If you choose a single From Number, you may be limited in how regular you can get texts, so if you do not get it immediately, that might be why. Setting random helps prevent that problem, however the the number isn't consistent.

And when you're happy with the configuration, you can click Turn On Zap.

Switching on the SMS Zap You'll now get texts in the morning if the weather is predicting rain!

Zap 2: Print a test weekly with Google Cloud Print

This one doesn't sound exciting, however have you ever gone through an extended period of time where you didn't print something, only to wind up with dried out printer heads or worse yet, a now unsalvageable printer?

We can avoid this by just running a weekly print job that keeps our printer ink good and fresh.

For this, we'll use Google Cloud Print. To make this work, you'll require to already have this set up with your Google account.

Let's develop a brand-new Zap and this time for our “& ldquo; When this occurs & hellip;” & rdquo; look for and select Schedule by Zapier.

Picking Arrange by Zapier We can then choose a Trigger Occasion of Every Week and click Continue.

Setting Trigger Occasion as Weekly Next, you can choose the Day Of The Week and Time Of Day you 'd like to print. I personally run this task weekly at 8pm on Sundays right before the start of a brand-new week. As soon as configured, click Continue.

Setting up Zapier schedule At this point, we can click Test trigger, which similar to before makes sure it's working properly, and then we can click Continue.

Now, for our “& ldquo;” Do this & hellip; & rdquo; we wish to print, so look for and choose Google Cloud Print

. Choosing Google Cloud Print And for the action, select Submit Print Job.

Setting Send Print Task as Action Event At this point, you'll require to sign into Google Cloud Print. This will open a window and have you log in through Google so that Zapier can interface with the service.

As soon as linked, click Continue.

Now we can configure out print job. Here we'll wish to specify what we print.

Configuring Print Job in Zapier In the above, we're configuring:

Which Printer: the printer we wish to print to linked to Google Cloud Print

Material: this can be a URL to a document, HTML, or plain text. I'm using a URL which is an easy test page I made that has some color in it

Material Type: you'll want to set this depending on what you embed in Content. If you set a URL like I did, it needs to be URL

Title Of Print Task: the name of the task so you can see it in the print logs

Number of Copies: probably just want 1 so it doesn't waste ink and paper

Color or Black and white: you'll wish to clearly set this if you want color. The idea is to refresh all of the ink cartridges, so just printing black won't help the color ink, so in my case, I selected color

The remainder of the fields are optional, feel free to customize to your preference.

With our setup set, click Continue, and similar to previously, we can click Test to see our print task in action and if we're happy, we can click Switch on Zap!

Test print from Zapier print job If you want to utilize the exact same document, you can discover it here:

https://fay.io/printer-test.pdf

Zap 3: Smashing Publication Task Alerts with Gmail

If we're trying to find a job, it can be a pain to have to check out every task board every day (or every hour, am I right?). But we can automate this procedure when the task board supports it.

Thankfully, task boards like Smashing Publication and a whole lot of others supply RSS feeds which we can hook right in to Zapier to automate getting an email whenever a new task is posted.

To get going, let's develop a new Zap, and this time, look for RSS and select RSS by Zapier.

Choosing RSS by Zapier For our Trigger Event, select New Item in Feed, then click Continue.

Setting New Item in Feed as Trigger Event At this moment, we want to enter a feed URL. This will be the URL to the XML RSS feed that websites make available. For Smashing Magazine, you can find it here:

So go into that URL above into Feed URL (you can leave Username and Password blank), and keep Various GUID chosen for What Activates A Brand-new Feed Product. Then click Continue.

Setting RSS Feed URL Like normal, now you can test the trigger to make sure it works. If the RSS feed is valid, this will be smooth, otherwise you may see a mistake. The above URL should be valid!

Evaluating the RSS feed Next, we require to pick what we wish to finish with the new item. Since we desire it emailed, we can choose our e-mail service, which in my case is Gmail.

Picking Gmail in Zapier For our action, we want to Send out Email.

Setting Action Occasion as Send Out Email Next, you want to sign in to your account, similar to what we did with Google Cloud Print. This ought to be your Google account that you utilize Gmail with.

Check in to Gmail Now when we personalize our e-mail, we want to include the following:

To: any place you want these sent out to, most likely the same account you signed into Gmail with

From: pick your Gmail account

From Name: can be anything you'll acknowledge, like I'll use Colbybot

Subject: can be whatever you 'd like, however a valuable concept might be “& ldquo; New Job Alert: followed by selecting the title from the dropdown selection

Body Type: you can leave as Plain

Body: I would recommend including all tokens you'll discover valuable consisting of the Title, Description, and Link

Setting up job alert email Once you're done setting up, you can hit continue. Then, similar to in the past, click Test & & Review, and you should receive your test email.

Test task alert email Finally if you're happy with the setup, turn on the Zap, and enjoy your job search!

More Concepts

Here's more ideas to get you moving in the right direction:

Post Tweets to Slack: every time an account tweets or somebody from a list of accounts tweets, post that tweet to Slack

Submit Github Bugs to Jira: whenever someone tags a Github Issue with a label of “& ldquo; bug & rdquo;, develop a brand-new ticket in Jira with that Concern details

Post RSS Items to Twitter: do you compose your own material? Set up an RSS feed to automatically post a tweet with your brand-new article

Not Google Assistant

The only thing that it's missing out on for me today is Google Assistant, otherwise I would have included some Zap ideas for that.

IFTTT supports Google Assistant for simpler flows, however Zapier can get more effective.

Webhooks

Zapier supports web hooks indicating you can really do whatever you desire. Though this is a premium function, you can set up some custom-made workflows based off of new information Zapier sees or accept requests that you publish to activate other automations.

What's your favorite Zap?

Love hearing brand-new innovative ways to utilize Zapier.

Share with me on Twitter!

Blue Collar Nerd Zapier