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  Activate the SMS functionality in kOOL

kOOL offers the possibilty to send sms messages to addresses stored in the kOOL database using an external sms provider. At the moment this is possible with one of the providers Clickatell (www.clickatell.com) or aspsms (www.aspsms.com).

As an administrator of your kOOL installation you'll have to follow the steps outlined below to activate the sms sending functionality. After that kOOL users with the sms module will be able to send messages from kOOL.

Clickatell: Create an account

First you'll have to go to www.clickatell.com and create a new account for the "Clickatell Central (API)". This should give you a username, client id and a password which you can now use to log in.

Now you'll have to go to "Manage my products" and add a new connection of the type "HTTP". You can give it any name, all you need is the API ID, which you'll find in the list of your connections after having added the new connection.


Now you can adjust the settings in kOOL. You can either do this by manually editing the configuration file config/ko-config.php in your kOOL web directory or by calling the installation tool of kOOL.

The installation tool will simply adjust the following line in config/ko-config.php.

(The array $SMS_PARAMETER is already defined in the default configuration file, but the values are empty. So make sure you adapt the existing one if you edit the file manually).

$SMS_PARAMETER = array("user" => "USERNAME", "pass" => "PASSWORD", "api_id" => "API_ID");

If you entered the above values correctly you should be able to send messages from kOOL. But please read on about the sender ids!

aspsms: Create an account

Register on www.aspsms.com to create an account with aspsms. After registration you'll find your userkey in the user area on their webpage. With all this data you may configure kOOL to send SMS through aspsms by editing you config/ko-config.php file:

$SMS_PARAMETER = array('provider' => 'aspsms', 'user' => 'USERKEY', 'pass' => 'PASSWORD');

Replace USERKEY and PASSWORD with your settings and you're good to go. But please read on about senderIDs!

Register sender ids

What is a sender id?

A sender id is either a mobile number or a string which will be used as the sender for your messages, which you will send out of kOOL. If you add your mobile number, the recipients will be able to respond to your message and you will receive their answer.

How does kOOL handle sender ids?

In order for kOOL to be able to use your mobile number as the sender id of your sent messages the following conditions have all to be true:

- You have to be logged in to kOOL

- A person's record from the people module of kOOL has to be assigned to your login

- This person's record must have a valid mobile number

- Your mobile number must be registered as a sender id with Clickatell or aspsms

- Your mobile number must be registered with kOOL (see below)


If all these conditions are met, your mobile number will be used as the sender of your messages. If one or more of these are not met, the default sender id "kOOL" will be used. This is only a string which will show up on the mobile phone of your recipients, and they will not be able to answer to your messages.

Register your sender ids with Clickatell

Go to "My settings -> Manage Sender IDs" when logged in to Clickatell and click "Add sender ID" to add the default sender id "kOOL".

For every user that will be allowed to send SMS messages from kOOL, you can add their mobile number as a sender id. This step is not mandatory - as outlined above.


Now you'll have to let kOOL know about the available sender ids, so it may use the sender id of the currently logged in user - if available.

To do so go to the general settings in the admin module and find the sms settings. You'll find a list of registered senderIDs and the possibility to add a new senderID - which you have to activate with Clickatell first.

Register your senderIDs with aspsms

You can register new senderIDs for aspsms directly in kOOL. Go to the general settings in the admin module and enter your mobile number in "SMS Settings > Register new senderID". You will receive an activation code on your mobile which you'll have to enter in kOOL. After this, your mobile number will be registered as senderID.

About the format of mobile numbers

Clickatell expects the mobile numbers in the international format without any leading zeros of plus signs or spaces. But storing your numbers in this format in kOOL doesn't look very nice, so kOOL will take care of this for you.

As most of your addresses in kOOL will have the same country code, you will most likely not store it for every address but you can set the default country code in "Admin->General settings" in kOOL. This default country code will be used for all mobile numbers without a country code.

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