Get an SMS Text From Your Contact Form

Get a text from a contact form

Get an SMS Text From Your Contact Form

I had a client who just wanted to get a text notification when someone filled out a contact form on their website.  I started researching and thought I was having a brain fart or losing my mind.  I couldn’t find an easy way of just getting a text when a form was submitted!  My search results were turning up plugins, PHP, Zapier and Twilio zaps, and other paid services. Nothing against Zapier, but I knew there was an easier way!

Because I had to dig (dig = conducting more than 1 Google search and maybe even 2nd page results LOL), I decided I needed to write a post about this solution.

If you just want to get a text when some submits a form on your website, you just need your cell phone number and your service provider (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, etc).  You don’t need to pay for any service.  You do not need Zapier or Twillio or any kind of PHP.  You don’t even need a plugin.

This works with every WordPress form plugin I know of (Gravity Forms, WP Forms, Contact Form 7, Ninja Forms).  If you’re using something else, or even if you’re not using WordPress, just give it a try and see if it works!  It takes 10 seconds and it’s free (you know my cheap ass is allllll about free!).  If you try it on a non-WordPress site (Wix, Squarespace), let me know how it goes!

HOW IT WORKS: SMS GATEWAY = EMAIL TO TEXT

In the notifications settings for your contact form, where you have your email address, you’ll add your cell number, @, and your cell provider’s SMS gateway.  That’s it.

I finally found this answer from some obscure website that I can’t even find now, but Gravity Forms does mention it too, granted as “The Somewhat Harder (But Free) Way” (not sure how it’s harder because it takes 10 seconds and you don’t have to sign up for a service, add a credit card, etc., but whatevs).

All cell phone providers have a “SMS Gateway” that allows you to send an email to your mobile number.  Most have a separate address for SMS (text-only) and MMS (media – photos, videos); for this purpose, you should only need the SMS/text message.

The Gravity Forms article lists out each cell phone company’s email extension to add to the phone number, but here’s a more complete list of both SMS and MMS from Wikipedia:

Mobile carrierSMS gateway domainMMS gateway domain
Alltelsms.alltelwireless.commms.alltelwireless.com
AT&Ttxt.att.netmms.att.net
Boost Mobilesms.myboostmobile.commyboostmobile.com
Cricket Wirelesssms.mycricket.commms.cricketwireless.net
MetroPCSmymetropcs.commymetropcs.com
Project Fimsg.fi.google.commsg.fi.google.com
Republic Wirelesstext.republicwireless.com
Straight Talkvtext.commypixmessages.com
Sprintmessaging.sprintpcs.compm.sprint.com
T-Mobiletmomail.nettmomail.net
U.S. Cellularemail.uscc.netmms.uscc.net
Verizon Wirelessvtext.comvzwpix.com
Virgin Mobilevmobl.comvmpix.com

So take your 10-digit number, put the @ symbol, then the SMS gateway at the end, and that’s the “email address” for your phone!  So if your number is (330) 555-4444 and you use Verizon, it’s [email protected].

Now add that email address to the “Notifications” settings of your contact form where your regular email address is and do a test!  I was having issues at first then tried adding a comma after the 2nd email address and Voila!

screen shot of WP Forms notification settings where you add your cell phone number to text the contact form through SMS

Here’s how it came through on my phone; the text came “from” my website hosting server and the contact form info was an HTML attachment that I just clicked and viewed.

Easy, right!?

Questions?  Comments?  Let me know!

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About the Author

Abby Buzon

I'm Abby (Armstrong-Lehman) Buzon, Owner & Lead Designer of The Helpful Marketer, based in Medina County, Ohio. I got my start in marketing and website administration in 2010, became a mom in 2015, and left my day job in 2017 to begin The Helpful Marketer. I'm happier than I've ever been and I truly love what I do, so I'm here to share my story and give some marketing tips along the way!

 

5 Comments

  1. Gilberto on May 7, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Abby!!

    I noticed today early in the morning that I lost 2 caterings (worth around $2K), because the emails were sent to the spam folder, I felt depressed …

    But you saved my life! I have just put the text message notification into my Ninja Forms, and it works phenomenal!

    Thank you!

    Gilberto

    • Abby Buzon on May 7, 2019 at 7:12 pm

      Oh Gilberto! As a small business owner, that makes my stomach turn that that happened to you, but also as a SBO, I am elated that I could help ensure it never happens again. I literally went into this blog feeling like as long as I helped one person, it was all worth it. You’ve fulfilled my purpose!
      I never even thought about what a great fail-safe a text notification could be when a simple little Spam filter could wreak such havoc and be so destructive to a small business.
      Thank you so much for writing in!

  2. Jodi Burgess on May 9, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Hello,
    I have been researching all day for an answer as well but it doesn’t work on Contact Form 7. Do you have any thoughts?

  3. Jodi Burgess on May 9, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    I missed the add a comma at the end….it now works!

    • Abby Buzon on May 9, 2019 at 6:46 pm

      I’m so glad! I was just about to reply “try adding a comma at the end. otherwise, double check the mobile carrier’s gateway”. Glad it worked for you Jodi!

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