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Implement push notifications in your Jotform app

In this article, I'll walk you through the process of integrating push notifications into your Jotform app. Learn how to send and manage push notifications easily and effortlessly.

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Step 1: Complete your Jotform project

Progressier allows to augment your Jotform web app with additional functionality, including push notifications and PWA installation. You can add Progressier to your project once it's ready to go and your app is available at a custom domain.

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

Step 2: Register for a Progressier account

Progressier is a no-code tool that lets you quickly add new features to Jotform web apps without any programming. It typically takes just a few minutes to set up Progressier with a Jotform app.

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

Progressier will turn your Jotform project into a PWA. Enter your app's name, tell us how it was built (you might want to choose Jotform when prompted) and copy-paste your app's URL in the Domain field.

Step 4: Finish setting up your Jotform PWA

Once logged in to the dashboard, follow the instructions in the Get Started section to complete your Jotform integration. With Jotform, it typically takes about 2 minutes.

Step 5: Authorize push notifications

To add push notifications to your Jotform app, we create a wrapper around it at a custom domain with the necessary installation and push functionality. This approach is used due to limitations in Jotform compared to other no-code builders.

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 your device with a test notification

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 have authorized push notifications on your domain. Notifications are typically received within a few seconds.

Why should you add push notifications to your Jotform web app?

Boosted conversion rates

By delivering personalized and targeted messages to users, push notifications can help increase conversion rates and drive sales. For example, if you have an e-commerce app, you can send push notifications with special offers or discounts to entice users to make a purchase.

Improved user engagement

Push notifications can help keep users engaged with your app by delivering timely and relevant updates and information. This can be especially useful for apps that are used infrequently, as push notifications can help keep the app top-of-mind for users.

Driving traffic to your Jotform app

Push notifications can provide users with a reason to open the app, which can help drive traffic back to it. For example, if you have a news app, you can send push notifications to alert users to breaking news stories or other updates.

Weighing the cons of using push notifications in your Jotform app

Unlike native apps, not every browser and device supports push notifications. So you can't entirely rely on this feature to deliver important messages to users.

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 Jotform apps?

Here are some popular examples of push services Jotform 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: This is a cross-platform messaging service that supports Android, iOS, and web platforms. It offers a range of features, including segmentation, A/B testing, and support for multiple languages.

- 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.

Creating your own push service

Jotform is not quite the right platform for creating a push service, especially if you plan to handle scale. Creating a push service definitely requires writing code. Going with an existing push service will save you time and money.

Which devices and browsers are capable of receiving push notifications?

- Windows/Chrome
- Windows/Edge
- Windows/Firefox
- Windows/Opera
- macOS/Firefox
- macOS/Chrome
- macOS/Edge
- macOS/Opera
- Android/Chrome
- Android/Samsung Internet
- Android/Firefox
- macOS/Safari (Safari 16 on macOS Ventura or higher)
- iOS/Safari (Coming 2023)

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