UPDATE: Pronto Push is no longer in service. We recommend checking out PushUp Notifications.
With OS X Mavericks, websites can now send native desktop push notifications even when the user doesn’t have the website open. For WordPress blog site owners, this can mean your subscribers can find out right when you add a new blog post to your website.
Setting this up from scratch takes a professional developer and many hours of excruciatingly difficult coding. However, there’s a better solution: Pronto Push.
Here’s how to install the Pronto Push WordPress plugin and set up your account:
- Install the Pronto Push plugin onto your blog
- Go to the Settings tab
- Create a Pronto Push account and then create a “channel” for your website
- Enter the channel ID and API key onto the Settings tab
That’s it! On the main screen, you can see how many subscribers you have. Whenever you add a new post, your subscribers will instantly receive a notification that opens up the blog post.
For users to subscribe, all they have to do is visit your website. If they’re on Mavericks, they’ll see a popup at the top of the screen that asks them to subscribe to your push notifications. Once they type in their email, they’re ready to roll! Of note, they need to use Safari for the initial setup of Pronto Push.
Lastly, you may even receive additional subscribers since Pronto Push lists out all of the available channels on its website. Luminary has already received many new subscribers – welcome to those who just received a notification for this post!
Pronto Push was built in part by Luminary Web Strategies. Feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions or issues with installation.