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Install Telegram Desktop: How to integrate WordPress site with WP Telegram

Telegram is a cross-platform, cloud-based instant messaging system. The service also provides end-to-end encrypted video calling, VoIP, file sharing, and several other features. delivers messages faster than any other application. Telegram has no limits on the size of your media and chats. It is also worth mentioning that Telegram has an open API and source code free for everyone. Also, groups can hold up to 200,000 members and their messages are heavily encrypted and can self-destruct. Below are some related guides: How to install and configure Jitsi video conferencing server on Ubuntu, and how to install Mattermost on Ubuntu and Debian.

Telegram is one of the most growing messenger apps that is incredibly fast, powerful. It has an open API that allows anyone to hookup their own apps with Telegram. In this article, we will show you how to integrate your WordPress site with Telegram. 

Why use Telegram with WordPress?

Telegram is a communication app and its Slack-like features are making it quite popular among developers and remote teams that rely heavily on online communication tools. It also enables you to send notifications from your WordPress site to your Telegram group, channel, or profile. You can create private groups for your team for collaboration and communication.

How to integrate Telegram with WordPress

You will need to navigate to the plugin section as shown in the image below. Click on Add New.
– Search for the Plugin name “Telegram for WP” and click on Install Now.
– Note: You can also download this plugin and upload it, but we are not using this method.

Next, you will have to Activate the installed plugin as shown below.

Upon activation, the plugin will add a new menu item labeled “WP Telegram“. As you can see below, the Instructions on what to do next will be given on the Dashboard under Basic as shown below.

Create a /newbot

Before doing this, we will have to access the Telegram Desktop App. This can be downloaded from the following link if you do not already have it.

I do not have it previously, therefore I will be installing it by clicking on the downloaded tsetup.dmg file.
– Ensure you drag the Telegram App to the Applications folder. See how to install Zoom on macOS Big Sur, Mojave, Catalina, High Sierra, and Capitan.

Next, access the Telegram Apps via the Launchpad or search for it as you wish.
– Click on start messaging as shown below.

You will be prompted to scan the QR code or log in using your phone number.
– I will be using the QRcode.
– On your mobile device, launch Telegram and navigate to Settings and Devices. You should be able to find the Scan QR code option here.
– Scan the code below.

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You will be required to enter your cloud password. Enter the password and click on submit as shown below.

You should be able to have full access to the Telegram app on your desktop. You can also access Telegram on the web in a similar fashion.

Search for @BotFather as shown below. Click on Start

Create a Bot by sending /newbot command to @BotFather. Please follow the steps below. Ensure you guide your Token securely else it can be compromised.

You will need to navigate to the WP Telegram menu on WordPress and paste the token into the Bot Token field.
– Ensure to test the Token for correctness.

Note: You cannot save yet, as errors will be prompted. Ignore and continue with the configuration.

You will have to switch tabs to the Post To Telegram and activate it as shown below.
– Follow the instructions below.

Below are the steps to create a Channel. Ensure you enter as much information as you wish 🙂

Navigate to the Desktop and add your bot (@WPxxxxxxxx) as Administrator to your Channel/Group.
– Click on the three dots (ellipses) as shown below and also on the Manage Channel afterward.

Click on the Administrators group as shown below

Afterward, you will be prompted to save as shown below.

Next, add a Channel Name or ID as shown below. This is the Channel name you created above.
– Click on Add and add the Channel name and ensure you test afterward for correctness.

This Channel is only available for the Publich Channel. You can also use the Chat ID of a group or private chat. Get it from @MyChatInfoBot by forwarding your Private Channel to the @MyChatInfoBot. 
- Please read more on the WP Telegram guide.

With the Telegram for WP plugin, you can receive your WordPress notification emails directly in your Telegram App. Here is how you would set this up. Below is our test performed and everything is working fine.

Ensure you set your Delay in Posting to 0. This I have done in my case and save, please.

Add an inline clickable button for the post URL just below the message.

I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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