Push Notifications are Here! Again!

Here to stay this time!

For the uninitiated, we shipped SuperPWA 1.5 featuring “OneSignal integration for Push notifications”.

However, we soon discovered that there were some compatibility issues, for many users the two plugins did not play nicely together.

It took a while, and we got side tracked a bit to work on other critical updates. Thanks to everyone who has been waiting since then.

This time, hopefully we got it right. We have spent days and weeks testing SuperPWA on every possible scenario.

We sent a beta release to a few beta testers and got their feedback.

It all checked out! SuperPWA and OneSignal can now work together and you can send push notifications to your users. Yayy!

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Read more : Setup OneSignal with SuperPWA WordPress Plugin

Note: Multisites using OneSignal are not compatible yet. This is another complicated beast and we decided to focus on singe WordPress installs until a future release.

Lessons Learned

We learned two things.

After 1.5 was released, along with attempting to figure out OneSignal compatibility, we also worked on adding new features and enhancements.

One of the major enhancement was the forcing of https:// on all assets and dependencies solving the problem of http:// URLs in manifest and service worker once and for all. This was a common issue that caused trouble for quite a bunch of new users who used redirection plugins to redirect all traffic from HTTP to HTTPS.

These enhancements were ready but we deferred the release because we still had to figure out OneSignal integration. This was a mistake and we learned to release smaller incremental releases instead of waiting for one big release. Release early, release often.

The second learning was to always beta test with real users before every major release. You can do a zillion tests in your development environment and still go wrong in the real world.

Interested in Beta testing for a future release? Please let us know and we will love you, forever!

New Add-On: Apple Touch Icons

Have you ever added your website to the home screen on an old iOS device and noticed that Apple uses a tiny screenshot of your website as the icon?

Well, lets put an end to that blasphemy!

Navigate to SuperPWA > Addons and activate the Apple Touch Icons add-on. The Application Icon and Splash Screen Icon that you have set in SuperPWA > Settings will now be used as Apple Touch Icons for compatibility with iOS devices.

Polyglot Central

SuperPWA was translation ready from day one. If you are interested in contributing, you can easily translate the plugin on translate.wordpress.org.

A .POT file is also generated and added to the /languages/ folder in this release if you prefer to translate elsewhere.

Thank you for your contributions. If you spot any errors or untranslated strings, please let us know and we will fix it right up.

New Filters

Some new filters are added in this release. The names are self explanatory and you can read more about them in the Codex (by clicking the link).

You can find the changelog here.

As always, your feedback and suggestions are welcome! We really appreciate all the love and patience.

Until next time.

1.8.1 Update – 05.June.2018

  • Enhancement: Added an admin notice with instructions for OneSignal integration.
  • Enhancement: Updated console log message for URLs excluded from cache for better clarity.
  • New Filter: superpwa_is_pwa_ready

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Martins says:

You guys are doing a great Job! Thank you for this plugin.

Arun Basil Lal says:

Thanks for the kind words Martins! Glad to hear that. Much appreciate you taking the time to give this awesome feedback.

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Jose Varghese says:

Glad to hear that Prashaant and expecting your support!

Chosky Studios says:

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Jose Varghese says:

Thanks a lot for your kind words about our plugin.

Samuel Achema says:

You guys deserve more than kind words, you’re doing amazing stuff.

Jose Varghese says:

Thanks a ton, very glad to hear that you liked our Super Progressive Web Apps plugin 🙂

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