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  • Setup instructions
  • Video tutorial

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    How to contact site users via SMS in the Joomla 3.5

    Ozeki SMS Contact Component presented on this page makes it possible to contact the users of your site via SMS. This solution is based on Ozeki NG SMS Gateway that is a software product and it provides the SMS functionality to your system. After you have installed and configured this component, website visitors will be able to give their phone numbers (e.g. on the registration form). Learn more about this SMS solution on this page which also provides a requirements list as well as step by step setup instructions with video tutorials.

    Download: component file (47KB)

    For sending SMS messages to cellphones, your system needs to be connected to the mobile network. Please visit the following webpage to select the most suitable connection type for your system: Internet based SMS connections vs. GSM modem based (wireless) SMS connections.

    How this solution works

    To keep contact with the users of your Joomla website, you need to let them provide their phone numbers at the registration form or at the edit form of their own settings. The forms should contain a section where they can give their phone numbers. The phone number will be stored at the database. This way the Administrator will be able to keep contact with them by sending messages with the help of Ozeki NG SMS Gateway (see Figure 1).

    Figure 1 - How the Administrator sends SMS to registered users

    Note: The Administrator can only send SMS to those users who not only register but give their phone numbers, as well.

    Configuration of Joomla SMS solution

    To be able to send SMS to your contacts from Joomla with SMS Contact component, follow the installation steps in this guide and watch the video tutorial for further help.

    Installation Steps

    First you need to open the administrator webpage of your Joomla site. Provide th administrator user name and password and click on the "Login" button as the example shows in Figure 2.

    Figure 2 - Log in to Joomla back-end

    After logging in, you need to enable the User - Profile plugin to make it possible for the users to be able to register with their phone number.

    FIrst, click on Extensions \ Plugins menu, and select the User - Profile plugin by clicking on it (Figure 3).

    Figure 3 - Enable User - Profile plugin 1

    On the next page, enable the plugin on the right side of the web page and make the phone number field to be Required. Then click on Save and close button (Figure 4).

    Figure 4 - Enable User - Profile plugin 2

    The next step is to create a new user via the home page of your Joomla website. Click on Create an account link (Figure 5).

    Figure 5 - Home page

    On the registration page you need to fill the form, and provide a valid phone number (Figure 6).

    Figure 6 - Create an account

    Return to the admin page of your Joomla site, and install the Ozeki SMS Contact component under Extensions \ Manage \ Install menu (Figure 7).

    Figure 7 - Install Ozeki SMS Contact component

    If you have installed the module successfully, a new submenu appears under the Components menu: Ozeki SMS Contact (Figure 8).

    Figure 8 - Install Ozeki SMS Contact component

    After you have selected the new menu, click on the Options button on the right side of the page (Figure 9).

    Figure 9 - Options menu

    If you clicked on the Options button, the config menu of the component appears. Provide the IP address ang HTTP GUI port of your Ozeki NG SMS Gateway, and a valid username and password of one of the available user from your SMS gateway (Figure 10).

    Figure 10 - Configuration menu of the component

    Now return to the main page of the component, where the registered users will appear. Only those users can be found in the list, who provided a phone number during the registration. Select some users, write something into the textbox, and click on the Send SMS button. If you have provided valid data under the Options menu, your SMS messages will be sent out by your Ozeki NG SMS Gateway (Figure 11).

    Figure 11 - Main page of the Ozeki SMS Contact component

    If you login to the Ozeki NG SMS Gateway with your previously provided username and password, you can check whether the messages has been sent out or not (Figure 12).

    Figure 12 - Sent messages

    The configuration demonstrated in this section enables you to provide SMS Contact solution without changing core files. With this solution you become able to keep in touch with your users and inform them about important events, news immediately. It also helps you maintain your a list of your contacts and attain your business plans.

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