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Quick API tutorial

- 5 MIN READ - 27 Nov 2012

Integrating Messente SMS sending API to your current framework is very easy. Here is a small tutorial to get you started with Messente API.

1. Sign up to Messente

First need to sign up to https://messente.com/ and apply for a sender name.

Signing up and requesting a sender name will take no more than 3 minutes.

2. Activate SMS sending API

To activate your API you need an active sender name and IP address of your server.

Quick way to find out the correct IP address, is to make a temporary file myip.php with following content:

<?php
$ip_address = file_get_contents('http://automation.whatismyip.com/n09230945.asp');
echo $ip_address;
?>

Always make sure you get the correct IP address. One symptom of invalid IP address is “ERROR 103″ response.

Now you have all the required data to activate your API for sending out SMS.


* note, that the “DLR Response URL” field is not required

After activating the API you will be shown the username and password of your API account.

3. Very simple SMS sending script

Download PHP development library for Messente API:
https://raw.github.com/jbaanus/Messente-API/master/php/messente.php

Let’s make a very simple test with no delivery reports or error validation to see if our account is set up correctly.

Always implement error validation to avoid any suprises, e.g. when your server IP address changes.

Create a file called simple_sms.php:

<?php

// API library from https://raw.github.com/jbaanus/Messente-API/master/php/messente.php
require_once('messente.php');

// Username and password acquired from step 2
$Messente = new Messente(array(
    'username' => 'xxxxxxxxxxxxx',
    'password' => 'yyyyyyyyyyyyy',
    'debug' => true,
    'error_email' => 'dev_null@messente.com'
));

// Fill in receiver and content of the test-message
$result = $Messente->send_sms(array(
    'to' => '+444444444444',
    'content' => 'This is my test message sent '.gmdate('d.m.Y H:i:s').' UTC'
));

echo "<p>Result from sending SMS:</p>";
var_dump($result);

?>

If the SMS sending failed, you can check Messente API documentation for error codes.

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Jaanus Rõõmus - CTO

Jaanus is co-founder and CTO of Messente and makes sure its wheels keep spinning and Messente always has a full tank of fuel.

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