WordPress today launched a new WordPress.com Text Messaging feature. Through its shiny new 77377 (PRESS) shortcode, you can now manage your blog using SMS messages. At times, you may not have access to your computer, but you may really need to handle something important on your blog. That’s where this new feature will be able to help you!
“With WordPress.com Text Messaging, your blog comes with you wherever you are. By activating your phone number with our Text Messaging service you can receive notifications via SMS text when various changes happen on your blog. With the purchase of the Text Messaging upgrade you can add a two-step login, receive and moderate comments, create posts and more via text!”
To sign up for the service, visit the ‘Text Messaging’ link in the ‘Settings’ tab while in the dashboard of your blog. Enter your 10-digit phone number and click ‘Send Activation Code’. A code will be sent to your phone from the 77377 shortcode that you will enter in your Dashboard for verification.
Once the activation is successful, the settings page will load the notification options for your blog. For free, you can receive notifications when the theme changes, when a user is added or removed, and when the privacy settings change on your blog
Many excellent additional features are available with the Text Messaging upgrade. Get notified of new comments and moderate them on the spot with a simple text reply. Need to post something short and sweet right away? Fire off a text and it’s on your blog instantly. Add another layer of security to your blog by requiring a code to be texted to you before you can sign in. To purchase the upgrade, visit the ‘Upgrades’ link from your dashboard.
The feature is currently available in the USA only.