Guide to sending push notifications from Knack

Learn how to integrate push notifications into your Knack app with this comprehensive guide. We'll walk you through the process of sending and managing push notifications with Knack.

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Step 1: Finalize your Knack project

Progressier is a tool that lets you add extra features, like PWA installation and push notifications to your Knack web app. When your app is ready to launch and accessible at a custom domain, you can incorporate Progressier into your project to enhance its capabilities.

Ensure your Knack app is embeddable is an iFrame (not absolutely required, but recommended).

Step 2: Set up your Progressier account

Progressier is an all-in-one no-code toolkit for web apps. It usually takes 2 minutes or less to integrate Progressier with Knack.

If you haven’t done so already, create your Progressier account. It comes with a free trial (no credit card required!) so you can test all features free of charge for 14 days without risk.

Step 3: Create your PWA

After signing up, you'll be prompted to enter a few details about your app, e.g. how it was built (choose Knack), the name of your app and its domain.

Step 4: Wrap up your Knack PWA setup

After logging in, you'll be prompted with a series of tasks to complete to finish your onboarding. Tasks are easy and include uploading your logo, setting up your Knack project correctly, installing your app and sending a test push notification

Step 5: Navigate to your app

Progressier does not directly enhance your existing Knack domain with push notifications due to some additional limitations with Knack compared to other no-code builders. To provide installation and push functionality for your app, we create a wrapper around it at a custom domain built specifically for your app.

Go to the custom domain we've provided you in the Progressier dashboard and click on the icon in the URL bar to allow notifications.

Step 6: Learn to send push notifications

Our Push Composer allows you to compose a notification, select a specific group of users of your Knack app to send it to, and even schedule its actual delivery from 15 minutes to 14 days in the future.

Once you've clicked Send now, Progressier will automatically dispatch your notifications and notify each device that have authorized push notifications on your domain. Notifications are typically received within a few seconds.

Pros of adding push notifications to your Knack app

Push notifications can improve user engagement with your Knack PWA, increase retention, decrease churn, and provide a better overall user experience by delivering timely and relevant updates and information to users in a convenient manner.

Push notifications can serve as a reminder for users to open your Knack app, which can help increase traffic. For instance, a news app could send push notifications about breaking stories or updates to encourage app usage.

Knack push notifications: The good, the bad, and the ugly

The Web Push API is only partially supported across devices and browsers. So with your push integration, you'll be able to reach only a portion of your user base (Android and Desktop — not iOS).

Because of their limited deliverability, push notifications are not as flexible as email or even text messages as a communication tool. Also it's easy for users to unsubscribe from your notifications, so you'll have to make sure you don't notify them too frequently.

What are the best push services for Knack apps?

Here are some popular examples of push services Knack app owners like to use:

- Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM): This is a free, cross-platform messaging service provided by Google that allows you to send push notifications to Android, iOS, and web devices.

- OneSignal: OneSignal is a cross-platform push notification service that enables developers to send targeted messages to their users. You can compare it with Progressier here.

- Progressier: Progressier is a PWA toolkit that allows developers and no-code makers to effortlessly send push notifications for marketing or targeted messaging purposes. It is built specifically for web apps and may not be the best option for websites or native apps.

- PushEngage: Another popular option for push notifications on the web.

Building your own integration with the Web Push API

It's not really possible to build a functional push service with Knack as it requires capabilities beyond those provided by no-code platforms.

Which devices and browsers support push notifications?

You can send push notifications to users on most browsers, including Chrome (Windows, Android, macOS), Firefox (Windows, Android, macOS), Edge (Windows, Android, macOS) and Safari (macOS Ventura).

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