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(DP43) Events System 3.0.0

$20.00

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With this app you can allow specific groups in selected forums to add and manage special "Topic Events"! Only topic author could manage events in own topics.

All participants get SMS with the details and code event (it's usefull for example to entry on the event or get discount on the external site or gifts once they will arrive on the event - it has multiple usages).

To get notified via SMS you must as an admin add custom profile field and set it in the settings.

Note: to manage SMS you must have twilio.com account.


What's New in Version 1.0.0   See changelog

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Brainy S.

· Edited by Brainy S.

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This app allows you to specify which user group(s) [in which Forum(s)] can create an "Event" tied to a particular forum and allow a certain number of people to sign up (with just a single click) for that "Event". People who click to sign up receive an SMS text message through integration with the Twilio SMS-gateway service on the back-end. (Note: these events are not related to the IPS Calendar/event system)

A user's phone number must be defined with a pre-existing custom profile field as a telephone number that does need to be pre-populated (i.e. it won't ask you for a number if your profile doesn't have one yet). You have to add the widget to your forum layout. 

The event can include something like a URL, password, or discount code for use elsewhere. The functionality is very basic at this point, but it definitely works as I describe it. 

To be clear, it does not do anything more advanced like let you send later (bulk or individual) SMS reminders, nor see who all who signed up for an event (though you can see phone numbers on the Twilio management console side of things). Lastly, it does not use the Twilio API to verify international number formats are in the required E.164 format, but for US/Canadian numbers it does work without difficulty [e.g. the profile field must have "15551234567" not "(555) 123-4567" as neither Twilio nor this App reformats or strips down the phone number].

It also does not support more advance features like accepting input (replies) from users sent an SMS.

You can get a Twilio account phone number for $1/month, pre-paid ($20/minimum buy-in), and Twilio DOES let you control whether you want to automatically top-up or not, so that is really, really nice.  It only costs a fraction of a penny for each message sent. Twilio also let's you search for words as phone numbers, so that's nice too.

Although the functionality is very basic currently (sort of a "usable proof of concept"), it's a great inexpensive option for some minimal one-way SMS event-notification integration into IPS, without needing to write your own custom code (which is the norm for Twilio), plus I'm pretty impressed with Twilio itself as the back-end service provider.

Hopefully, if there's enough interest the author will decide to enhance it further down the road! But, even as it is right now it's a great addition to IPS.

As the screenshot shows, you get a text message in the form of:

"Hello <IPS Username>,

You've sign on on event in <Topic Name> at <Date/Time>.

Address: .

Event code: <the data in the field you define goes here>

 

<IPS Username of event creator> 

Events Screenshot.jpg

Tested w/ IPS 4.4.4 running version 3.0.1 of this Events System app.

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