SendGrid is the leading delivery platform for transactional and marketing emails. SendGrid's technology enables companies to deliver emails, SMS & push notifications to their customers with maximum ease, reliability, and speed.
SMS By Connect is our own communication platform that enables you to send SMS/text messages to a group of contacts in one go. This comes in real handy for people who don't have the time to communicate with their team members individually.SMS By Connect Integrations
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SendGrid is the leading provider of email infrastructure for transactional and marketing emails. SendGrid's mission is to build a better Internet through the reliable delivery of email. Today, more than 165,000+ companies use SendGrid to send and receive their email.
SMS By Connect is a simple and easy way to integrate with SMS Inc. It is designed for developers to easily integrate with SMS messaging systems from around the world. It has an easy-to-use API that allows users to send and receive SMS messages from any programming language. It includes all the features needed to send and receive SMS text messages. Message types include standard, unicode, group, bulk, MMS, email, MMS multimedia message, WAP Push, and Flash SMS. Message formats include HTML, plain text, URL links, phone numbers, T9 and multi-tap encoded text messages.
To begin with, I would like to introduce how SendGrid and SMS By Connect work together and what benefits they have. Then I will discuss how to integrate SendGrid and SMS By Connect.
SMS By Connect can be integrated into any application within a single step using just a few lines of code. When integrating SendGrid and SMS By Connect, you need to first create a new account on SendGrid by fplowing these easy steps. Head over to http://sendgrid.com/signup-free, then fill out the form on the right. Next you'll need to verify your account by clicking the link in the confirmation email that is sent to you.
Once you have created an account on SendGrid, it is time to set up your API credentials. Go to "Dashboard" and click on "API Credentials" under the "My Account" tab on the right-hand side menu.
Next go to the API Credentials page and click "Generate New Key" under the "Create API Credentials" section. Then go ahead and copy your API key. You will be able to use it later for integrating SendGrid into your application.
Now you are ready to integrate SMS By Connect into your application! To begin with, log in to http://www.smsbyconnect.com as an administrator or create an account if you don't have one already. Once logged in, click on "Create New App" in the "My Apps" dropdown menu. This will take you to the "Add New App" form where you can create a new application by giving it a name and specifying a short description of what the app is used for. If you wish to add more information about your app you can paste additional details in the "Description" field. After that, click "Create App".
After creating the app, you will be taken to the "App Settings" page. Here you can specify basic details about your app including its name and description as well as its website URL (if applicable. If you wish to change other settings such as your app's logo or icon (which appears on the app's profile page), you can do so by going to "App Settings" on the left-hand menu under "My Apps." Then click on "Change App Settings." Finally make sure that your app is enabled by checking the box next to its name on this page as well as clicking "Save App Settings." When done you should see a green checkmark displayed next to its name in the left-hand menu under "My Apps." You're now ready to start integrating SendGrid into your app! To begin with, click on "API Credentials" under the "My Account" tab on the right-hand side menu. Now go back to the API Credentials page and scrpl down until you find a section labeled "SMS By Connect." Here you can find your API key that was generated earlier in step #4 under "Public API Key." Copy this key down somewhere safe because you will need it later when integrating SendGrid into your application. Next go back to the App Settings page of your app by clicking on "App Settings" under the left-hand menu under "My Apps." Then simply paste your public API key into a field called "Public API Key." Finally save your changes by clicking "Save App Settings." You're now done integrating SMS By Connect into your application! Now head back over to http://www.smsbyconnect.com and log in as an administrator or create an account if you don't have one already once again. Next go to your app's profile page by clicking on "Apps" at the top right corner of the screen fplowed by selecting your app's name from the dropdown menu below it. Then click on "Profile" from your app's main dropdown menu underneath its name in the left-hand menu. This will take you to your app's profile page where you will see some basic information such as its logo and description as well as a button labeled "API Endpoint." Clicking this button will reveal an endpoint URL which looks something like this. https://api.smsbyconnect.com/v2/tasks?publicKey=<YOUR PUBLIC KEY>. The public key here is the same one that we put into both our application settings in step #7 above and our SendGrid account settings in step #4 earlier in this tutorial. Copy this public key down somewhere safe because you will need it later when integrating SendGrid and SMS By Connect together! Now that we've finished setting up our SendGrid account along with our API credentials for SMS By Connect, we're ready to integrate both platforms together! To begin with let's head back over to http://sendgrid.com/signup-free once again where we can select a plan for our application's free trial which lasts 30 days. As mentioned earlier, there are three different tiers of plans in total which fall into three different pricing categories based on their number of email transactions per month. We encourage users who are interested in learning more about sending email via SendGrid's platform through this tutorial to sign up for their free trial and fplow along with us here on how to integrate them together! Next we are prompted with an option to enter our credit card information as well as fill out a credit card verification form which needs to be mailed back in order for us to proceed with signing up for SendGrid's free trial service:
Now that we have signed up for SendGrid's free trial service, we are finally ready to start working on integrating them with SMS By Connect together! So let's go back over to http://www.smsbyconnect.com where we are going to set up a new connection between both platforms using only a few steps! First things first let's click the button labeled "Connect Your App With Other Services (Beta)" which is located at the top right corner of our screen fplowing by clicking on "Click here to see this tutorial." This will take us directly to a tutorial from SMS By Connect which allows us to integrate our app with any number of other services including SendGrid which we will be using throughout this tutorial:
On this page we will learn how to integrate our app with SendGrid starting with selecting our platform from a dropdown menu labeled "Platform:" fplowed by entering our Platform Name (this is optional but recommended. before selecting our Platform Type (the type of platform that we are connecting with. For example if we were connecting our app with Facebook then we would select Social Media for our Platform Type since Facebook is an example of a social media networking platform. Once we select our Platform Type we are presented with five options which include Google Suite, Social Media (Facebook), Email Marketing (SendGrid), Automation (IFTTT), and Data Management (Google Drive & Google Sheets. These five options are generally used by users who are looking to integrate their apps with other popular online services via SMS By Connect such as Facebook or Gmail while also providing them with extra benefits like access to Google Drive or Google Sheets from within their apps via SMS By Connect's platform. However these five options are not mandatory for users who would like to connect their apps with just one or two other services such as SendGrid or Facebook without needing additional services like Google Drive or Google Sheets so feel free to choose whichever option works best for your needs depending on whether or not you would like additional services like data management provided through SMS By Connect's platform as well:
Once we select our Platform Type we must then select our specific platform from a dropdown menu labeled "Platform Name
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