WordPress WebSMS2u Plugin Introduction
Tested with flying colors with WordPress Version 2.1
This WordPress Plugin was developed so that people with self hosted WordPress Blogs are able to integrate into their blog systems the ability to send SMS to a phone number as well as receive postings from users.
- Send SMS to any Phone Number or Multiple Phone Number (separated by commas, e.g. 601212345678,601912345678 will send to two numbers at once)
- Send SMS to any telco provider as long as they are on WebSMS2uâ€™s coverage list
- Post Articles by sending in an SMS to your WebSMS2u account.
- Control how received messages are authenticated and posted
- Ability to send Normal or Unicode Messages
- Use either SEND and RECEIVE functions individually or BOTH at the same time. It is up to you.
- WordPress installed on your host server (Unix/Linux Server)
- Operating System follows WordPressâ€™ requirement of a Unix / Linux Server.
- A WebSMS2u.com Account Package.
- Available credits if you need to send Outgoing Messages
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Plugins can be adjusted and re-programmed by hackers or unscrupulous people to grab sensitive information like username and password settings. As such it is advised that copies of this Plugin be obtained only from WebSMS2u.com
This Plugin is downloadable and available at:
- Unzip the Plugin Zip File.
- Upload the entire â€˜wp-websms2uâ€™ folder to your plugins folder (E.g â€˜wp-content/plugins/â€™)
- All files should then be sitting on â€˜wp-content/plugins/wp-websms2u/â€™
- Activate the plugin on the plugin screen of your WordPress Administration
- Proceed to the Options Screen to configure your websms2u options.
Once you have activated the Plugin from your WordPress Administration, proceed to the Options Screen to configure your wp-websms2u plugin.
The latest version of this plugin (Current Version: 1.1) has the following configurable options which are basically split up between Incoming Message Settings and Outgoing Message Settings
- Incoming Message Settings
Allow Receiving of SMS Posts
If you wish to allow or enable posting of articles to your blog, then you need to check this option. Only when this option is checked will posts be accepted via SMS to your WebSMS2u Account. If this option is selected, please ensure your WebSMS2u Account (Login Here) has been set to forward messages to the URL where your Plugin is at. (E.g. http://www.yoursite.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-websms2u/wp-websms2u-receive.php)Â Â Â Â Â Allow anyone to post
If this option is checked, that means anyone will be able to post to your blog. This is to control so that normal people will not be able to simply post to your blog unless they are registered users.Immediately Publish Posts
As the name implies, checking this option will result in posts from SMS to be posted immediately. If this option is not checked, the status of the message is set as â€˜Draftâ€™ instead of â€˜Publishâ€™. This is a good way to ensure people do not post nonsense to your blog if you happen to allow anyone to post to your blog as per the option above.Default Post Title
This will be the Default Title that is used for SMS posts unless the sender specifies a Title for the Post in his/her SMS. To define the post title from the SMS, the user simply has to enclose the TITLE in brackets [E.g. (THIS IS THE TITLE) The rest of the message will be in the body].
SMS without specified TITLE in brackets will use the Default Post Title.
- Outgoing Message Settings
Allow Sending of SMS to Mobile Checking this Option will open this service and option to people on your blog.
Warning: You need to be careful of this option as Spammers can use this option to send Junk to your handphone at your expense. As all messages are charged to your WebSMS2u account, having a spammer hit your SMS sending page can quickly deplete your credits in your account. Please use this option at your own risk.Â Â Â Â Â WebSMS2u Username
If allow sending of SMS to Mobile is activated, you will need to enter your WebSMS2u.com Account here. This is used to authenticate the plugin with the WebSMS2u.com service to check if you are a valid user and whether your account has the required credits to send outgoing messages to your target number.WebSMS2u Password
Just like your Username above, your WebSMS2u.com Account Password needs to be entered for authentication and sending purposes.SenderID
Set the SenderID here so that the recipient of the message will see this as the Senderâ€™s ID. Normally you might put your Blogâ€™s name or your Name here to identify it. Please ensure that you adhere to the maximum 11 Alpha-Numeric Character limitation (or in the case of Numeric Characters Only, up to 16 characters maximum).
Set the Number of the Mobile Phone where you want all messages to be sent to. Ensure the number begins with the country code or messages might get lost. (For Malaysia, e.g. 601212345678 or 601912345678)
You can limit the number of characters per message where people are able to send to you. Each normal message has a 160 character limitation. Chinese or Unicode Messages has a 70 character limitation. You are able to set a maximum of up to Base Limitation multiplied by 3 (E.g. 160 x 3 = 480 characters for Normal Messages, 70 x 3 = 210 for Unicode Messages). Setting a maximum threshold level will mean people have the option to type up to the maximum level, but you will also be chargeable to a maximum of 3 credits depending of the length of the message.
To use this option, all you have to do is (1) ACTIVATE and configure the Incoming Message Options and (2)point incoming messages sent to your WebSMS2u.com Account to your Plugin URL. Once those two things are done, all you need to do is send â€˜SMS â€˜ to the phone number 32355.Â To use this option, all you have to do is (1) ACTIVATE and configure the Incoming Message Options and (2)point incoming messages sent to your WebSMS2u.com Account to your Plugin URL. Once those two things are done, all you need to do is send â€? to the phone number .Â Â Â
Â Â Syntax for postings without Subject Title specified:
SMS JOHN Hi how are you (Will send a message to Johnâ€™s account with the message â€˜Hi how are youâ€™Syntax for postings with Subject Title specified:
SMS JOHN (Greetings) Hi how are you (will send a message to Johnâ€™s account with the message â€˜Hi how are youâ€™ along with the Title â€˜Greetingsâ€™. Basically the plugin will recognise words in the brackets and treat it as the Post Title.
To use this option, all you need to do is (1) ACTIVATE and configure this Outgoing Message Options and (2) Create a Post or a Page with the following syntax:
[ wp_websms2u_form ]
(without the spaces)
To use this option, all you have to do is (1) ACTIVATE and configure the Incoming Message Options and (2)point incoming messages sent to your WebSMS2u.com Account to your Plugin URL. Once those two things are done, all you need to do is send â€? to the phone number .Â