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Implement push notifications in your Jotform app

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Step 1: Finalize your Jotform project

Progressier is a tool that lets you add extra features, like PWA installation and push notifications to your Jotform 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 Jotform app is embeddable in an iFrame (not absolutely required, but recommended).

Step 2: Create a new 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 Jotform.

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: Turn your Jotform project into a PWA

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

Step 4: Complete the installation process

We'll show you a series of tasks. These tasks are easy and shouldn't take you more than a few minutes to complete. If you run any bottlenecks, reach out to us using the Intercom widget at the bottom-right corner of the page.

Step 5: Allow push notifications

Progressier does not directly enhance your existing Jotform domain with push notifications due to some additional limitations with Jotform 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: Notify yourself

Our Push Composer allows you to compose a notification, select a specific group of users of your Jotform 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 has authorized push notifications on your domain. Notifications are typically received within a few seconds.

How can push notifications enhance your Jotform app

Push notifications can improve user engagement with your Jotform 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 Jotform app, which can help increase traffic. For instance, a news app could send push notifications about breaking stories or updates to encourage app usage.

Jotform 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).

Use notifications with restraint as some users find them intrusive and/or annoying. Also, instead of using push notifications as a marketing tool, consider using them to provide value to your users. For example, you could use push notifications to alert users to new features or updates or to remind them of important tasks or deadlines. This can help build trust and engagement with your users.

What are the best push services for Jotform apps?

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

- Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM): The free push messaging solution developed by Google. It's completely free to use but is fairly limited when it comes to sending personalized push notifications

- 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.

- TruePush: Another popular option for developers to integrate push notifications into their Jotform app.

Building your own integration with the Web Push API

It's not really possible to build a functional push service with Jotform 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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