The HireBee SMS plugin will allow you to send SMS to employers and freelancers when they receive a notification via their projects / proposals / workspace. The plugin integrates the SMS service from Twilio, which is reasonably priced with an excellent API, via our WP Twilio Core plugin on the WordPress.org repository.
After activating the plugin, all you have to do is select the profile field being used for storing mobile numbers. There are numerous free plugins that extend user profiles by allowing you to add custom profile fields. If you are not already using any of that, you can use the aforementioned parent WP Twilio Core plugin to add a “mobile_number” field to user profiles.
HireBee SMS Features
- Send instant SMS to employers and freelancers when a notification is created for them
- Enter the name of the mobile number profile field, you can let WP Twilio Core handle that
- Leverage the excellent Twilio API via our WP Twilio Core plugin
WP Twilio Core Features
- Mobile Phone User Field added to each profile (optional)
- Shorten URLs using Google URL Shortener API (optional)
- Basic logging capability to keep track of up to 100 entries
- Directly send a text message to any permissible number from the admin panel for testing
Since Twilio API is a paid service, we suggest you make sure it will work for you before you purchase the plugin. Here’s how to do it:
- Sign up for Twilio’s Free Trial.
Yes you can! They give a few dollars worth of credit to all trial accounts, and you can use your credit to make sure it works in your country or target market. You can choose an SMS enabled Twilio number for a start. Be mindful of the fact that trial accounts have extra restrictions, for example, you may not have a local number available in your country for yourself (but you can send global SMS anyway), you will need to verify every number you send an SMS to beforehand and the message will be prefixed with a statement saying it’s a Twilio trial account. Of course, these restrictions will be lifted when you have a paid subscription, and do not apply to the excellent dev tools you can use to send SMS or access message history for debugging or testing.
- Install WP Twilio Core.
WP Twilio core is a simple plugin to add SMS capability to your WordPress website using the Twilio API. It’s available for free from WordPress.org. We have created this plugin so developers like us can extend it and integrate Twilio with a WordPress website of any niche/type. What it will allow you to do at this point is send messages directly from your admin panel to any permissible (verified for trial accounts, remember?) number. The HireBee SMS plugin also depends on this plugin, so best to familiarise yourself with it before you make your purchase.
- Read the Twilio SMS FAQs.
This is another important point, especially if the above steps aren’t working for you. If you are already sending messages to your verified mobile numbers but somehow not having them delivered to you, then you may find your answer on Twilio’s SMS FAQs. Make sure your target country/market and all their network providers are supported. They have pretty much made it clear who CANNOT receive a message. In India for instance, any number on the “National Do Not Call Regsitry” will not receive SMS via Twilio.
There are a couple of requirements in order to use the HireBee SMS extension:
- You must have a verified Twilio account (free trial or paid subscription).
- You must have the WP Twilio Core WordPress plugin (free) installed (1.0.2+).
- You must be using the Hirebee theme on your website (1.3.2+).
- You must have created a Mobile Number field and made site it appears on the profile form.