From 0 to 15 Million In A Few Months: Relay Scales Their Texting Platform For Organizers

On September 1st, 2016, Relay had sent a total of 0 text messages. The day after the United States Presidential Election, they’d sent 15 million. Scaling a peer-to-peer texting platform from zero to election-season level traffic isn’t light work, but it was easier than Relay CEO and Founder Daniel Souweine expected. “When organizers find something that works, they’re not afraid to go big. So it was… Read More

Connecting SMS To Slack With Twilio and Zapier

SMS to Slack Channel

When you’re looking for a customer’s feedback, don’t make them jump through hoops to give it to you. Let’s wire up a Twilio number to a Slack channel using Zapier. This will let users text their feedback to your number, and their feedback will pop up in a Slack channel for easy reference. There’s no code required and we’ll have this running in a matter of… Read More

How to Receive SMS in WordPress with a PHP Plugin

SMS, WordPress and PHP logos.

In this tutorial, we’ll walk through on how to set up receiving SMS in WordPress with a PHP plugin. When the plugin is installed you will be able to respond to SMS and handle two-way messaging in your WordPress sites. Prerequisites A ready WordPress installation. If you do not have one set up, here are the installation instruction. A Twilio phone number. You can use an… Read More

Reduce SMS 2FA Risks By Using Device Data

Using SMS for 2FA security has recently been getting a legitimately bad rap, with a significant increase in successful attempts to intercept or redirect the 2FA codes sent via SMS as part of a login. We’ve addressed these issues (and more) with updates to the Twilio 2FA API (formerly known as Authy); making it possible to bypass sending SMS-based 2FA for a more secure, and less… Read More

How to Send SMS in WordPress with a PHP Plugin

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Writers want to stay in touch with their readers. Sending bulk SMS is a great tool to have in your toolbelt. Let’s build a WordPress plugin in PHP so you can send text messages to readers about topics they care about. WordPress Plugins Plugins let you extend and add functionality to your WordPress site. Since we are adding an entirely new function to WordPress, we have to… Read More

Forward incoming SMS messages to email with Node.js, SendGrid and Twilio Functions

If you want to read incoming SMS messages sent to your Twilio number in your email then do I have a neat solution for you today. We’re going to use Twilio Functions and SendGrid to forward SMS messages directly to your email address. Things you’ll need A Twilio account and a phone number that can receive SMS messages A SendGrid account Let’s get building The entire operation of forwarding… Read More

How to Send an SMS in Haskell

Functional programming languages are gaining in popularity so let’s hop on that Haskell bandwagon. With Haskell, you can write clean, concise, and expressive code. Don’t believe me just yet? Now let’s dive into setting up your Haskell developer environment by configuring two package managers installing Haskell making a “Hello, World” program sending our first SMS with Twilio using Haskell (get a Twilio phone number here) IDEs for Haskell… Read More

Reading Excel Spreadsheets with Python, Flask, and Openpyxl

  Data stored in Excel spreadsheets can be hard to read with anything other than Excel and it’s especially tough to compare two specific datasets within all that data. One possible solution is Python. It can do the dirty work of finding the information for us while also being pretty fun. In this post we will read NBA statistics from a Microsoft Excel sheet using the Openpyxl… Read More