How to set up data expiry in Bubble.io: Step-by-Step Guide

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How to set up data expiry in Bubble.io?

Setting up data expiry in Bubble.io involves creating a data field that holds the expiration date or time for given content. This guide will walk you through adding an expiration field to your data types and setting up workflows to check for expired content.

Step 1: Log into your Bubble.io account and open your app.

Step 2: Go to the Data tab within the editor, which can be accessed from the left-hand menu.

Step 3: Select the datatype you want to add an expiration to. In the context of a blog, this could be a 'BlogPost' or 'ContentChunk' type of data.

Step 4: Add a new field by clicking the '+ New field' button. Name this field 'Expiration' and set its field type to 'date'.

Step 5: Once the 'Expiration' field has been created, you can define data entries with an expiration date. When creating or editing entries for this data type, you will fill this field with the appropriate date and time when the content should no longer be available or displayed.

<!-- Example of adding a new data entry with an expiration field -->
<input type="text" placeholder="Content Title">
<input type="datetime-local" placeholder="Expiration Date">
<!-- More fields as necessary for your datatype -->
<button type="submit">Save Content</button>

Step 6: Create a workflow that checks for expired content. This can be done by setting up a recurring event (such as a daily check) or by triggering checks before displaying content to users.

<!-- Example of triggering an expiration check -->
<button type="button" data-action="check-expiration">Check for Expired Content</button>
// An example logic to check expiration. This would need to be translated into Bubble's workflow actions.
document.querySelector("[data-action='check-expiration']").addEventListener("click", function() {
  // Here, you would interact with Bubble's workflows to check the 'Expiration' field 
  // against the current date and time and handle any expired content.

Step 7: Create logic in your workflows to handle expired content. This might include hiding it from view, marking it as expired, deleting it, or moving it to an archive.

Step 8: Test your expiration logic thoroughly to ensure that it behaves as expected. This includes setting up test data with various expiration times and verifying it gets handled correctly by your workflows.

Remember, whenever making changes to data types and workflows, you need to test these changes in the development version of your app and deploy them to the live version once you're satisfied. Following these steps should help manage data expiry effectively within your Bubble.io app as referenced from an example in their documentation.

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