The fine folks at WordPress.com have announced that webhooks are now available on WordPress.com blogs. However, as evidenced in the comments below the announcement, this news is a little beyond the technical knowledge of the average WordPress.com user. That’s where web developers like me step in.
Webhooks Let “Us” Help You!
Webhooks allow third-party developers like me to build cool tools that work with WordPress.com. These “hooks” work by transmitting data from your WordPress.com blog whenever you or your visitors interact with your blog. As an example, the announcement mentioned that a webhook could be used to send an SMS notification anytime someone comments on your blog.
Taking them up on their example, I’ve coded one of the first public and freely available WordPress.com compatible webhooks. Now you can receive an SMS notification anytime some comments on your WordPress.com blog. To do so, simply visit my QwikTxt.com Webhook page and follow the instructions:
How does QwikTxt.com work?
In case you’re wondering how things work over at QwikTxt.com, let me explain further. QwikTxt.com is a pet-project of mine where I’ve customized a self-hosted version of WordPress to be a text messaging web app. The home page of the site prominently features a form where you can quickly and easily send text messages to mobile phones.
Given that I already had the text messaging system in place, it was easy for me to spend a couple of hours programming my new WordPress.com webhook. It works by pulling in your cell phone data from some custom fields I’ve added to the user profile on QwikTxt.com.
Now, once you activate your QwikTxt.com Comment Notification Webhook on your WordPress.com blog, anytime someone comments on your blog, the webhook will send the details of that comment to QwikTxt.com. Over at QwikTxt.com, my webhook processor takes that data and sends it along to you as an SMS.
This is Gonna’ Be Cool!
Obviously, this is a pretty elementary implementation of this new feature; however, it does show you the potential for all sorts of third-party developers to build cool tools that interact with your WordPress.com blog.
So, do you wanna receive comment notifications on your WordPress.com blog via SMS? I’d love it if you give my QwikTxt.com webhook a try, and let me know what you think.