We are discussing the best and widely used WordPress SMS plugins here.

WordPress Text Messaging Plugins

1. SMS Global SMS Plugin

The SMSGlobal SMS Plugin helps you in getting more traffic at your WordPress site. It also helps in increasing post read rates of your site by informing your readers about the new posts through SMS alerts. With the help of this Plugin, you can send SMS manually to all your readers with the SMS tab from your control panel.

It also gives you a choice of either sending SMS to all the users or select users from individual groups such as editors, admins, subscribers, contributors and authors. You can enter mobile numbers that you wish to add with the help of Send SMS Tab. It is very simple to configure the settings of SMSGlobal. You should need the best WordPress hosting for the successful running of your blog.

The choice of sender ID, password and username can be accessed through SMS Settings Tab. The users of the site have the option of receiving SMS alerts about new posts through entering the mobile number in profile. This mobile number is then used by this SMS Plugin for sending SMS. As you are the administrator, you can update all this information from the profile page.

The various features of SMSGlobal Plugin are:

  • It gives you the power to choose or reject the mobile number display with the help of Screen Option from the user page.
  • It enables you to send SMS about every new post through Post Tab and SMS will include the title of Post.
  • It enables you to select as well as save the settings for Send Post Alert with the help of SMS settings sub-tab.
  • You can select or deselect the column display of Send Post Alert.
  • It enables you to select the types of users for sending post alerts (choice of authors, editors, subscribers, contributors, admins or all users).
  • The column display of Send Post Alert depends upon the Send Post Alert Settings (Yes-Column appears, No-Column disappears).

Installation

  1. Upload zip file to Plugins tab.
  2. Activate the Plugin.
  3. Configure SMSGlobal settings in the SMS settings tab.

You can download it from here.

2. International SMS Subscription Manager

This plugin is created by iGeek and it is inspired by WebAddiCT(s). It enables you to build a widget on your blog from where your readers can subscribe or unsubscribe their cell phone numbers for receiving SMS Text messages about the blog updates.

In case, you use registrations for your blog, the registers users can get SMS message about the blog updates by subscribing their mobile numbers from their profile page. The owners of the blog can use the WordPress dashboard to send SMS Text messages to all the subscribed members of their blog.

They can manage the subscribed numbers as well. They also have the option of exporting or importing contacts in CSV format. The blog owners have the choice of sending SMS messages to registered member or widget subscribers or to all.

It enables the blog owners to alert their blog subscribers about a new post on their blog. It has a new feature of automatic country code detection on the basis of the IP address. In case, this feature does not work, the users can select the country from the dropdown menu.

The various features of this Plugin are:

  • Widget for SMS subscribes or unsubscribe option.
  • Registered users can subscribe or unsubscribe from their profile.
  • Custom widget header and footer.
  • WordPress dashboard is used for sending SMS text messages.
  • Ajax enables Widget (Requires no reloading of page).
  • Auto country detection on the basis of IP address or dropdown menu.
  • Export or Import contacts in CSV format.
  • IP tracking for readers who subscribed their mobile number.
  • WordPress dashboard is used for managing the mobile numbers which are subscribed.
  • Mobile number is added without adding zero or country code.

Installation

  1. Upload clickatell-sms-subscription-manager folder to /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through Plugins menu from WordPress.

You can download it from here.

Basic Setup

  1. Sign up with the Bulk SMS Provider.
  2. Build a new HTTP connection type with Bulk SMS Provider.
  3. Enter the connection details under SMS manager from the Options menu of WordPress dashboard.

Adding Widget to Sidebar

  1. Go to Appearance->Widgets from the dashboard of WordPress
  2. Drag SMS Subscribe Widget to the Widget area where you wish to add it.

There are some other SMS Plugins for WordPress that are also very good.

3. WP-Frontline SMS

You can download it from here.

Installation

  1. First, upload wp-frontlinesms directory to /wp-content/plugins/directory.
  2. Activate the plugin from Plugins menu in WordPress.
  3. Place widget to bar.

4. Quick SMS

You can download it from here.

Installation

  1. Unzip the downloaded package and drop Quick SMS folder in WordPress Plugins folder.
  2. Log in to the admin panel of your WordPress.
  3. Go to Plugins and Activate this Plugin.

Basic Setup

  1. Go to Options and then select Quick SMS tab.
  2. Use Teleflip for Canada/US or select your network.
  3. Enter the Mobile number where you wish to receive SMS text messages.

Adding Sidebar with Widget

  1. Go to Presentation, Sidebar Widgets.
  2. Drag Quick SMS widget to right.
  3. Check the blog to check whether the Widget is at the proper place.
  4. Send a trial message to yourself to ensure that it is working.

Adding Sidebar with Code

  1. Edit the theme of your WordPress (Recommended theme is the sidebar, PHP) to include the SMS box where you want it to appear.
  2. Check blog to check if the Quick SMS form in at a proper place or not.
  3. Send a trial message to yourself to ensure its working.

So now you really don’t need much time and effort to enable SMS capabilities on your blog or website with WordPress. You might want to have your own SMS gateway to have personalized short numbers and better efficiency with timely delivery.
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