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wordpress text message not working (24 posts)

  1. dragonsjaw
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Does anyone have this plugin working on their site?
    I have question on the plugin forum and direct to the developers, but no response.
    ( http://wordpress.org/support/topic/plugin-wordpress-text-message-options-page-not-right?replies=1 )
    It seems so simple no idea why it's not working.

    So what other SMS plugins will do this same thing?
    This isn't for marketing, it is for alerts updates.

    Ideas?
    thanks

  2. dragonsjaw
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Does anyone understand this error message:

    Warning: /home/******/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-text-message//59944a91f6256dd6c1f8b1a4190eeb56.spc is not writeable in /home/******/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-text-message/simplepie.inc on line 1774

    I have changed permissions on both the .inc file and on the whole wp-text-message folder.. and still no joy.

    Odd, I just searched on this part:
    59944a91f6256dd6c1f8b1a4190eeb56.spc
    and found links to other sites parent directorys..
    guess I will move on from this plug in.

    Seems so simple.. why isn't there one out there that works?

  3. totalbounty
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @dragonsjaw - try the latest 2.03 release, works with WP 3.3

    most of the other SMS plugins do different things

    of course it's for marketing, why else would people subscribe for SMS updates?

    plugin works fine, tested on Hostgator, Dreamhost, Bluehost, 1&1, godaddy, etc.

  4. dragonsjaw
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Well a very good use (way better than marketing) would be SMS for emergency notifications. I haven't played around with this since the last post, will get the latest version and do some testing.

  5. jtprattmedia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    your use is noted, but something a website owner would use for themselves. This plugin is for update notifications to website visitors. If it was for SMS emergency notifications is would be, well...a different plugin.

  6. cdberkman
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Using this plugin for a while now and it was hit or miss as to whether or not it wanted to send out messages. Now after a clean install of both wordpress and the new WordPress Text Message plugin (2.06), I am confused. When I attempt to send out a text message, the message remains in the queue either "forever" or 10 minutes. When I say "Forever", it either won't send and just remain in the queue or take upwards of an hour to send. Other time it will send immediately or 5, 10, or 20 minutes. Is there something that I am missing as to how this thing is supposed to work? NOTE: I am simply sending the message to my own phone to test this.

  7. totalbounty
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    WordPress cron is not the same as Unix cron. With a UNIX cron job, the operating system uses the cron job (that you've scheduled) to do something at a specific time and date.

    WordPress cron allows you to schedule things at a specific time / date / interval - but it gets triggered in the background (at that time and date) when a WordPress page is called.

    In other words - let's say you have a plugin scheduled to do something "in 20 minutes", but you don't get a lot of traffic to your website, and the next time you get a page hit is in 30 minutes. The WordPress cron will run 10 minutes late.

    So the reason the WordPress text message plugin would send out SMS messages immediately, or in 5, 10, or 20 minutes depends on how busy your site is.

  8. cdberkman
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @Totalbouty.... Thank you for the response, but here is my issue. I have modified and added cron jobs on both WordPress and on my server. The plugin is still not sending any messages. Yes, now it will not send at all (both before and after creating cron jobs). To ensure that it wasn't my site, I recreated another wordpress site using only what was provided with the install. The only Plugin that I added was the WordPress Text Message from Total Bounty. Again completely clean install. Everytime I attempted to send a message, it just gets stuck in the Queue. You are now thinking that this has to be a server issue on my side....... Well I downloaded and installed another SMS plugin from another provided via WordPress and it works every single time, instantainiously. I have used WordPress Text Message for over 2 years (started with Semper-Fi). The first year it worke great everytime. The second year when it was re-written, it was sporatic. And now it won't work at all with the latest release. Not sure what the issue is but I just sent myself 4 messages and all came through immediatly with the other SMS plugin.

  9. totalbounty
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @cdberkman There's nothing special about our plugin - it sends email out the same way as any other WordPress plugin that uses the email function. It may be a server issue - it's really hard to say.

    We can fix major issues that we can replicate, but had the problems you describe. What webhost are you using? I'm glad the other plugin works for, if it's a server issue maybe the other plugin is your best option.

    Not that it's consolation to you - but we've nearly 3,000+ downloads in the last month - and your complaint is the only single one of this nature (so far). If we get any others we can investigate, but to date we don't have any.

  10. cdberkman
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @totalbounty. Again, Thanks for the feedback. I am currently using Dreamhost, and have been with them for the last 12 years. SMS is critical to the WordPress install (3.3.1) that I am using and the only one that requires it. I unfortunately cannot provide the site name or link as it is a privacy issue. In any case I am glad that it is working for others and appreciate your help. That said, I have attempted hundreds of plugin installs, and 9 times out of 10, they simply don't work. I will usually not respond to the makers of the plugin. I don't expect "free" to work all the time. The only reason why I am providing feedback, is because I have been using this plugin for such a long time and it went from working to not.

    Again thanks!

  11. jtprattmedia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @cdberkman - if you've installed hundreds of plugins and 9 times out of 10 they don't work, you have to consider if there's an issue on your end. We've been doing WordPress since 2005 and building websites for 17 years. I don't know your entire situation, but 2 things that resonate with me are the fact that (it sounds like) you've been on the same shared webhost server for a very long time. Also, it sounds like you've possibly been on the same WordPress database for a very long time (updated again and again through multiple versions).

    I don't know your experience level with either development or WordPress, but nearly every time you install a plugin you add database entries (and in most cases) new tables. Even if you just try it for a few minutes, and then delete it (the tables and entries remain). The standard WP install has less than a dozen db tables - if you've installed hundreds of plugins - you could have 80-100+ tables, in additional to hundreds of extra records in the options tables. Plugins are written by different developers that set their own naming conventions (that sometimes conflict). All I'm saying is - we see more conflicts with a setup like this, than a new WP installation. We also have 10x more issues with a WP website that has been upgraded over time through multiple versions, than a fresh install. The same can be said for an older webserver (in most cases).

    You may or may not want to do this, but (if we were you) we would get a $5 account at hostgator on a new server, export your db and content - create a new db on hostgator, import your db and content, and add fresh versions of your theme and plugins one by one. I guarantee that updated version of your website will run completely different. We only know this because we fixed hacked websites all the time - and this is how we do it (export content, fresh db). We noticed how much better the sites run (and the excessive db tables on existing sites) - so we started doing it for aging sites needing a tuneup.

    Whether you love your webhost or not, the hardware and OS might be aging and patched to infinity and beyond (as well as your WordPress db).

    In regards to the plugin and previous version, the very old version from Semper FI is still available - bugs, security holes, and all. We didn't take over his version, we forked his plugin into a new one.

  12. cdberkman
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @jtprattmedia. Appreciate the feedback and your resonance with what I stated in my post is my fault. I have been building websites for 12 years now and with that said, I have been using WordPress and Joomla for a few years now. I build and maintain numerous sites/domains using both programs. Straight to the point though. Because I thought that it may have been the install that was causing the problem, I installed WordPress under an new domain. No custom templates, no packaged plugin/themes. Completely bare bones install with only WordPress Text Message. When I say that I have installed hundreds of plugins, I have done this over time using different domains and installs. I am not using the same databases/tables etc. I also have a domain that I use strictly for testing in the event something doesn't work on one of my sites. The whole background behind this thread was not to say anything bad about the plugin. The issue may be between Dreamhost and the plugin. I just don't know. But I did find a plugin that sends SMS messages immediately with absolutely no issues. I understand that not everything will work with every single host.

  13. jtprattmedia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @cdberkman No problem at all - we always try to get some background because (as you prob already know) a great bulk of the time the issue is another plugin conflict, bloated db, webserver settings - etc.

    All in all very few complaints / issues come up with this plugin. In the past there were maybe 2 inquiries about sending out emails (to sms), and we had initially thought it was the way the plugin sent out emails (and the reply to field). We were told by some sys admins on different hosts that it was some kind of "x-mailer issue" (again the differences in webhosts and how they send out email). When the latest updates were made - we checked the plugin (and the way it sends out emails) to make sure it was working the same as other email notification and sms plugins (and it was). So to that effect, if there is an issue (besides webhost mail server settings) we haven't been able to find it.

    Sounds like on your end it is a webhost issue if another plugin works and ours doesn't (on a new install). My suggestion was get a $5 account on another host and do the barebones test to see if it works (to confirm it).

    Hope that helps.

  14. lpgalady
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have a site where I have been using this plugin for 2 years now and its been working fine. All of sudden it is no longer showing on the sidebar - the template has not been changed, it appears in the backend in widgets and not on the live site - weird. Has this happened to anyone else? I have deactivated and deleted and uploaded a new fresh version of the plugin hoping maybe that would do the trick but...alas...it did not.

    'http://www.looneyslaxclub.com' is the website and it was in the right sidebar, however as you can see its not showing up

    any assistance would be gratefully appreciated.

  15. totalbounty
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @lpgalady - this plugin hasn't been available in the repository for 2 years.

    having said that - no we haven't seen this. Could be latest version of WP conflicting with your theme and/or the plugin.

  16. lpgalady
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    hmmmm interesting...however that doesn't answer my question.
    Ok so the plugin maybe was more than 1 year but less than 2 years.

    its not showing on the sidebar and the template has remained the same for the entire time - are you saying the WP upgrade to 3.3 could be why it is not showing any longer.

    I noticed earlier in the week that I was directed to a Total Bounty website for support forums on this plugin - I take it that is YOU..however when I posted something there I received no response which is why I came here to try to get this resolved.

    So basically I will need to do without this plugin or use another SMS plugin that works :) too bad there is no solution for this issue.

  17. jtprattmedia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @lpgalady - this plugin hasn't been in the repository 2 years (but the original one has)...meaning if you didn't have issues with that you could go back to it (but you wouldn't have any of the updated features).

    You're saying your "theme" hasn't changed at all, but the widget disappeared from front end view. The plugin works, you add the widget from the backend - it just doesn't appear on the front end. That means some code in your site is likely surpressing it. We fix client sites with issues like this all the time (especially with the last several upgrades of WP).

    If your template hasn't changed, you've probabably updated WordPress and all your plugins along the way. Problems and conflicts do occur (especially with older plugins and newer WP updates). So yes, that could occur. Also, we would guess most likely you have a conflict because there hasn't been any other complaints about the widget disapearring from the front end. If it was a widespread issue, there would be more complaints than yours (with the same issue).

    Of course this issue is important (to you), but the type of troubleshooting required to fix it would be something a developer would have to get into your site to do (and find and fix the conflict(s)). If it was a widespread issue, we could of course fix it for all - but we can't fix individual site issues.

    Unless you have an issue that would affect the majority of users (or users of a popular plugin or theme), from your current description your issue is limited to your website.

    Sorry we couldn't be of more help.

  18. lpgalady
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    yes I know how to put the widget into the sidebar etc. it shows up there on the backend - but it is not showing on the front end - needless to say, obviously it is something with the WP upgrade as nothing has changed otherwise.
    thanks anyway

  19. jtprattmedia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    @lpgalady - that's something too we tell clients. When you say "nothing has changed otherwise" - sometimes that's the whole issue. WordPress is software, which has to be maintained and updated. The plugins and themes you use with it also have to be maintained and updated over time (to stay current with WordPress). So if you've had the same theme (not updated for 2 years) and you have plugins (that haven't had updates in a long time) combined can equal something breaking. We fixed 2 plugins just yesterday broken by WP 3.3 upgrade and theme combination.

  20. lpgalady
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    all of the upgrades for WordPress and all of the involved plugins have been maintained all along - the theme was built by me and not needed to be updated - I built it.

  21. dragonsjaw
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    wow this thread has really taken off LOL

  22. clevernickname
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Had this one working - but hasn't worked in months now. Seemed to coincide with the TotalBounty takeover.

    Anyone found a replacement plugin? Have no need for SMS on new posts - just need the blast text send.

  23. totalbounty
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    try the latest 2.08 update - new features, freshly tested, works fine

  24. clevernickname
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    New version works. Sweet.

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