Messages XR is an extension of the Messages module that has additional requirements and setup. The extent of setup required will depend on your current configuration and Messages package.
- Constituent Manager roles: Messages XR features are only available for constituents, not Messages subscribers. Additionally, the email, phone number, and preferred language fields should all be populated in the user profile to take full advantage of all Messages XR features.
- Your website must be live. Sites that are still in deployment cannot send messages using Messages XR features.
- Groups created in Groups Manager: Important Announcements can only be sent to existing constituents as defined by groups in Groups Manager.
Additionally, a student information system (SIS) integration is highly encouraged, for best data management.
Adding preferred language field
The preferred language field will first need to be added to the included fields for the specific role. This is done in the Settings of Constituent Manager. It is recommended to keep the privacy settings of this field set to the default so that it only displays to admins. This keeps this field from displaying in directory information. For more help adding this field and checking its privacy settings, view Customize constituent profile data.
The preferred language default value will always be set to English. The choices in the dropdown include all languages available in Google Translate. The user's preferred language can be changed manually in Constituent Manager, with a datasheet upload, or through a data sync with your SIS, depending on your configuration. Please contact our support team if you need additional assistance configuring your SIS or uploading a datasheet.
Enabling list for SMS
To configure a list to be used for sending SMS text messages, go to the message list and select the list settings. Check the box to "Allow SMS Notifications" and Save.
Sending test messages
While there is no “Test Send” functionality with SMS and Voice messages, you may want to create a test group of users as you learn the process. You can create a message to send to your test group, then clone the message and send it to your constituents at the appropriate time.