Today is this guide, I’m going to show you how to add push notification to your WordPress blog in a few easy steps.
Adding push notification feature can go a long way to increase your engagement and reach with your blog readers: how? Good question.
Here is how…
By sending your blog readers a real time updates of new posts or perhaps products once their system is connected to the internet.
So What Is Push Notification?
A push notification can be defined as a type of message that pops up on a mobile device or desktop.
Did you know you may be well living obviously surrounded by push notifications? Yes!
You get them every time a family member, your friend or perhaps your spouse sends you a message on WhatsApp or even tags you in a photo on Facebook etc
As a matter of fact without push notifications won’t be instant messengers neither will there be social media platforms. Yes I know right! How boring the world would be without those.
A Push Notification Comes In Two Different Forms
Mobile Push Notification: This is typically as the name implies, notifications you receive on your mobile. It is an App based notification. An App owner can send you messages anytime or set it to automatically notify subscribers of new offers.
Desktop Push Notification: This on the other hand, is designed for desktop applications. Big brands like Badoo, Facebook, Google, Twitter and even WordPress sites like shoutmeloud etc all integrated this powerful marketing tool. This should tell you how valuable push notification is.
Why Push Notification?
There are a lot of reasons why you should add you push notification feature to your blog/website.. Some of the reasons I have outlined below
It helps you get your readers attention in a disruptive manner:
This in my own opinion is the top reason for integrating push notification into your business. Of a truth, the major advantage that a push notification gives to desktops and apps managers is the ability to notify their users/subscribers of new products, good/services or even new updates.
Your blog readers or users must typically opt-in to receive a push notification from your blog. However, subscribers can normally also deactivate or unsubscribe if they don’t feel comfortable.
Other importance of push notification include but not limited to the following;
- It helps you convert on unknown site visitors or app users to potential customers.
- Push notifications are user friendly , easy to manage and effective.
- It can help you improve customers experience.
- You can also use the analytics on push notification for marketing. Reason been that they give you an insight of customers behavior and reaction.
Tip: Although push notifications drive traffics and increase your blog engagement, they should neither be frequent nor too sparse.
Steps To Add Push Notification To Your WordPress Blog
Follow this outlined steps below…
1 On your WordPress dashboard, navigate to “Plugins”
Click on “Add New”
In the search box, type “OneSignal”
Click Install and then click “Activate”
2 After Successful activation, on the left hand side of your WP dashboard, navigate to and click on “One Signal Push”
3 Now to next step, let us configure your blog’s push notification
On the “Setup” tab, navigate to and click “Chrome $ Firefox Push”
Click on “One Signal Link”
4 On one signal homepage, locate “Web Push” ( you can find this middle of the page)
Click “Get Started”
5 Choose your registration option
In my case I used Google chrome.
6 You are now on your one signal dashboard
Now click on “Add New App”
7 Enter your App name and click “Create”
Tip: Choose any name of your choice
8 Next, on the pop up menu, click on “Web Push” and then click “Next”
Note: If yours did not pop up, you can easily locate the “All App” tab on the left hand side of your dashboard to edit your App.
9 Then select “Google Chrome $ Mozilla Firefox” and click “Next”
Tip: You can select “Safari Apple” as well if you want to add push notification t safari browser
10 Enter your site URL correctly and check the “My Site Is Not Fully Https” box(if your site has no SSL certificate.)
11 Select “Web Push” again and click “Next”
12 Copy your App ID and REST API key
Go back to your WP dashboard and click on “Setup”
Paste the App ID and Reset API [ you can also find your APP keys here
App Settings -> Key & ID’s
Additionally you can customize your settings
Scroll down and click “Save”
13 To verify that your push notification is active, navigate back to one signal website and click on “Check Subscribed Users.
You will a get a success message.
Then click done.
That’s it, how you can add push notification to your WordPress blog
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