Stop sending emails! 3 tools to smoothly start sending web push

David Brown
May 24, 2017 · 2 min read

While email is far from dead, other types of notifications offer a lot of advantages in some cases. During my missions as a developer I came across a few benefits that my client wanted to achieved with web pushes:

  • Aim at alternative targets: for example to reach a younger audience or engage with people who don’t want to give their email address.
  • Escape from the need to develop a mobile app just to send notifications (not all services require an app, and not all the people want to install your app).
  • Web pushes are free and have no problem of deliverability.

Here are some of the tools and resources I found useful to start sending web pushes:

1. Checking browser support

Not all browsers support web pushes for the moment:

  • On desktop: Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera
  • On mobile: Chrome, Firefox and Opera

To know the complete list of supported browser, you can go to http://caniuse.com/#feat=push-api

Web pushes browser support

2. Previewing notifications

[Disclaimer: I developed this tool] A web push previewer for Chrome and Firefox desktop which propose to play and see the real result on your device: https://www.notif.me/preview/webpush

Web push previewer

In the same vein, a notification generator: https://tests.peter.sh/notification-generator/

Notification generator

3. Implementing

A very comprehensive documentation to learn everything that is to know about web pushes: https://web-push-book.gauntface.com/

Good to know: many services propose SDKs to ease the integration.

Happy coding!

David Brown

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Developer & co-founder of https://www.notif.me (transactional notification API for developers)

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