Top 5 Push Notification Plugins for WordPress 2018
Push notifications let you send messages to your website’s users even when they’re not on your website. Push notifications have been used by large enterprises and Fortune 500 companies for many years now and have contributed a lot to the growth of their businesses. So, if you are not using push notifications on your website/blog, then you are missing out on a lot.
Let’s walk through 5 best WordPress push notification plugins to make it easier for you to add push notifications to your blog or your website.
Top 5 WordPress push notification plugins
OneSignal is a standalone push notification service that easily integrates with WordPress. It supports browsers like Chrome (desktop and Android), Safari (Mac OS X) and Firefox (desktop only).
OneSignal boasts of a fairly similar feature list:
- Automatic notifications: Send reminders based on set criteria. For example, whether or not you’ve published a new post or whether a person has visited your site over the past few days.
- Segments: Target your visitors by a number of different user attributes.
- A/B testing: Run split tests to find the highest performing messages before you send them to your entire audience. This feature is fairly unique.
- Scheduling: Schedule your notifications for a future date.
OneSignal is completely free with no limitations. However, they also offer unspecified premium plans.
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.
PushEngage lets you send push notifications to both desktop and mobile versions of:
- Samsung Internet Browser
Beyond that, it includes a number of features to help you send push notifications in a smart way:
- Geotargeting: Send push notifications to users from specific geo-locations.
- RSS to notification: Set up your RSS feed to instantly alert people whenever you publish new content – without any manual action on your part.
- Personalized cart abandonment notifications: Very helpful if you’re running an eCommerce store on WordPress.
- Call to action buttons: Add one or more call to action buttons.
- Automatic responders: Send notifications based on a customer’s actions. For example, marketing automation for email.
- Easy segmentation: Segment your visitors based on the URL from which they accepted browser notifications so that you can send them content you know they’ll love.
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.
PushCrew is another popular push notification service that you can easily integrate into WordPress with a simple plugin.
PushCrew has the smallest list of supported devices. Currently, PushCrew works with Chrome (desktop and Android) and Firefox (desktop)
However, PushCrew makes up for this comparatively small device set with some neat features like:
- RSS support: Automatically notify subscribers of new posts as soon as you publish. You can even custom schedule when RSS feed items get sent out.
- CTA buttons: Display one or two CTA buttons in your push notifications.
- Scheduling: Send notifications at a specific time in the future.
- Segment Creator: A tool to help you segment your visitors using custom And/Or conditions.
- Expiry notifications: If you’re running a timed deal, this helps ensure your subscribers don’t see a notification after the deal has already expired.
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.
4. All Push Notifications for WP
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.
Therefore, it needs 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:
- Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM)– for Android devices
- Apple Push Notification service (APNs)– for iOS devices
You can then:
- Send notifications whenever you publish a new post
- Send notifications to specific WordPress users
If you’re a beginner avoid using 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.
PushAssist is also a standalone service that provides a dedicated WordPress plugin thereby making the setup process easy.
PushAssist supports Chrome (desktop and Android), Firefox (desktop and Android) and Safari (Mac OS X).
It also boasts of a feature set similar to many of the previous services:
- Personalization: Needs some setup – but lets you deliver personalized messages.
- Segmentation: Segment subscribers based on location, interests and other data.
- Scheduling: Schedule push notifications for specific dates and times.
PushAssist has a free plan that supports up to 3,000 subscribers with unlimited notifications. Paid plans start at just $9 per month.
While choosing a push notification plugin it’s important to keep certain considerations in mind.
How many subscribers you have? Depending on how many subscribers you think you’ll have, some plugins may be cheaper than others.
What devices will the plugin support? Most plugins support Chrome and Firefox, but it is rare to find a plugin that supports Safari, which may be a problem if you have a lot of visitors using Safari.
What features will the plugin offer? Think of whether you need features like segmentation, scheduling, A/B testing and more.
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