The WordpreSMS plugin allows you to use WordPress as a mobile SMS content management system. You can set up a Keyword on a given Short Code. If users send that keyword to the short code, the system will reply with an up to 600 characters long SMS to the user. You need an account on www.wordpresms.com to get started.
Due to the nature of SMS services and short codes, the usage is limited to certain countries. At the moment, WordpreSMS is supported by mobile phone operators in:
- United Kingdom
Live demo under demo.wordpresms.com
Important: This project is still in Beta phase. All feedback, recommendations and ideas should be fed back to email@example.com
How does the end user request content?
The end user sends a couple of keywords to a short code to get the content. The default keyword is BLOG followed by an account keyword of your choice (e.g. BOB) and an optional subkeyword (e.g. ADDRESS). The keywords are not case sensitive.
The end user will send: BLOG BOB ADDRESS to your country short code and receive the Address of your blog back as an SMS.
You can also choose either a dedicated keyword or a dedicated short code at additional costs if you’re not happy with the defaults.
What are the short codes in the countries?
- UK 83333
- DE 31000
- CH 266
- AT 0900414141
Do pictures or videos work with this?
No, this service works only with text content. However the text can contain links to URLs which are mobile capable so the user can be pointed to a mobile site via SMS.
But if the text is longer than 160 characters?
Today’s mobile phones can cope with so called ‘long SMS’ of up to 800 characters. WordpreSMS supports long SMS up to 480 characters. But please be aware that the end user pays per 160 characters. If an SMS is concatenated of multiple messages, he has to pay each SMS.
Does this service cost?
No, this service is free to you as a blogger. However for people requesting information, there will be a small premium charge to cover the messaging costs.
Does this service work all over the world?
No. This plugin only works in certain countries. We are constantly expanding the reach of WordpreSMS however we focus on the European markets, currently.
Can I change my keywords as much as I want?
Yes, you can change your keywords as much as you like. The only restriction is that it needs to be available when you change it. Keywords are given away on a “First come, first serve” basis.
What Keywords can I use?
Keywords must consist of letters and numbers and must not contain special characters. Furthermore they must be 3 characters or more. Other than that, there is no restriction.
Contributors & Developers
“WordpreSMS” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.
- Initial Version