Of all the ways to get more traffic to your website, one method in particular that I experimented with in 2017 was website push notifications.
Like the notifications you get on your phone, browser push notifications let you send messages to your website’s visitors even when they’re not on your website.
It’s a method that I’ve definitely seen success with and I encourage you to try it on your own website:
I’ve written more about the benefits of push notifications in the past. So rather than focussing on the theory in this post, I’m going to jump to the five of the best WordPress push notification plugins to make it easier for you to add push notifications to your blog or your website.
What To Look For In A Push Notification Plugin
As you go through this list, there are a few things that you should pay attention to:
PushEngage is technically a standalone service for mobile and web push notifications. However, it also offers a dedicated WordPress plugin that makes adding push notification functionality to WordPress easy.
If you’re familiar with ShoutMeLoud, PushEngage is actually what we use here on the website. We’re even listed on the PushEngage landing page!
If you’re interested in seeing how PushEngage works, just click the Get Notifications button on the ShoutMeLoud homepage (or most other pages):
PushEngage lets you send push notifications to both desktop and mobile versions of:
Beyond that, it includes a number of features to help you send push notifications in a smart way:
PushEngage is free for up to 2,500 subscribers and 120 notifications per month. To manage numbers in excess, you’ll need to pay, starting $25/month.
If you’re interested in using PushEngage, we have a full tutorial on how to add browser notifications to WordPress using PushEngage.
However, OneSignal’s supported devices are slightly different when compared to PushEngage’s. It supports:
So, in comparison to PushEngage, you get the Safari notifications but lose out on mobile Firefox notifications. Beyond that, OneSignal boasts of a fairly similar feature list:
OneSignal is completely free with no limitations. However, they also offer unspecified premium plans.
Of the three push notification plugins that I’ve covered so far, PushCrew has the smallest list of supported devices. Currently, PushCrew works with:
However, PushCrew makes up for this comparatively small device set with some neat features like:
PushCrew offers a free plan that supports unlimited notifications for up to 2,000 subscribers with some feature limitations. Beyond those numbers, you will need to choose from plans starting at $18 per month.
PushAssist also has a long device list. Here’s what it supports:
It also boasts of a feature set similar to many of the previous services:
PushAssist has a free plan that supports up to 3,000 subscribers with unlimited notifications (and PushAssist branding). Paid plans start at just $9 per month.
5. All push notification for WP
Unlike the four services listed above, All push notification for WP is a dedicated WordPress plugin. It means there are no monthly fees and all the processing is done right on your server instead of a third-party service.
As a result, it does require a technical setup, only supports mobile notifications, and doesn’t have nearly as many features as the other services.
All push notification for WP supports mobile push notifications via the following services:
You can then:
If you’re a beginner or a casual blogger, I do not recommend that you use this plugin – it is far too complicated and you will be better off using one of the more user-friendly services above.
However, if you’re tech-savvy and want a solution that will support mobile notifications for unlimited users without any monthly fees or third-party branding, this one is worth checking out.
Given that fact that I already told you about using PushEngage here at ShoutMeLoud, it is an easy guess as to which push notification plugins I would recommend.
PushEngage is a great option because:
Remember – if you’re interested in getting started with PushEngage, here is a tutorial to help you quickly get up and running.
What do you think of push notifications? Do you like them? Have you tried them on your website yet? Let me know in the comments!
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