We’ve all been there: you have built a great web app, optimized for mobile, but you have to build a native or hybrid web app just to send push notifications.
Fortunately, thanks to the new standards, like the Push API, Service Workers and Web Notifications, you don’t have to build an app only to have the ability to send push notifications. Now websites can send push notifications directly, even when the user is not surfing the website.
Awesome! The problem is that web push notifications work on Android, but not on iOS! Continue reading “Let’s ask Apple to add Web Push Notifications to iOS”
If you work with the Push API or service workers in general you know that debugging can be a pain. Fortunately Chrome has two hidden gems that can save you many headaches.
Continue reading “Inspect service workers with Chrome”
In order for the update to take effect you need to:
Continue reading “Update the service worker and the scripts imported with importScripts”
If you are struggling with the error above, but all your icons of the push package are of the correct size, you have probably set the wrong DPI.
Continue reading “Unable to generate ICNS file for push notification package [solved]”
Many browsers can deliver push notifications even when a website is closed. Learn how to choose which websites are allowed to send you push notifications.
Continue reading “How to enable (or block) push notifications from your browser preferences”
Pushpad offers a free tier, but it’s not a free service. So why should you prefer a paid service to a free one?
More features? Better support? I don’t know, I leave that to you. The aim of this post is to underly that free services might have an hidden cost that you must consider before making a choice.
Continue reading “The hidden cost of free push notifications services”
These days we have investigated an issue related to Safari.
Sometimes it happens that you subscribe to the push notifications of a website, but after some time you don’t receive notifications anymore.
At first we thought that our system had a bug, but it’s not like that. Continue reading “Safari push notifications stop working after some time”
APNs an GCM have always provided a way to send notifications in batch.
It would be useful to see this feature for the Push API, which unfortunately doesn’t have it yet, meaning that you have to make an HTTP request for each endpoint.
Continue reading “Send notifications in batch with the Push API”
The working draft of the Push API currently doesn’t offer a good way to manage unsubscriptions.
The problems arise in the following scenarios:
- The user blocks the notifications from the browser preferences
- The endpoint is replaced because it has expired
Continue reading “The Push API and its wild unsubscription mechanism”