5 Top WordPress Notification Plugins 2016

Do you need your visitors to return to your website more often? Or maybe you have a series of training material you constantly add to, and want an easy way to let your visitors know when new training has been added to your website. Utilizing one of the many WordPress notification plugins can help you do this, and more.

Mobile, Desktop and Browser Notifications

Even though you get different types of notifications, in the end they all serve the same purpose: to notify something of an update, change or something new that hasn’t been read or viewed yet.

Mobile notifications come in two forms. One is where you get an actual notification that’s added to your operating systems drawer. This can be usually be accessed by drawing down from the top of the screen, revealing a hidden drawer that contains important shortcuts, as well as your most recent notifications. The other type of notification on a mobile device can be seen along with app icons. On some mobile operating systems, whenever an application has a notification for you, a number will be added to the top right of the app icon.

Desktop notifications need to be permitted and usually comes in the form of a small bar appearing somewhere on the screen, overlapping all active windows. Most operating systems come with a built-in notification system that will determine the style, layout and display of all the desktop notifications you receive.

The final type of notification is a browser notification. Although this is a fairly new technology, popular browsers like Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox already fully supports browser notifications. The type of notification you receive via your browser depends on the configuration of the notification. It could act as a desktop notification, or bring up a number next an icon if the notification is related to one of the extensions you have installed on your browser.

WordPress Notification Plugins

By adding one of the many available WordPress notifications to your website, you will be able to instantly take advantage of different types of notifications to get your readers to come back for more constantly. There are many different plugins available to add a notifications system to your WordPress website, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.

Today we will be looking at the top 5 WordPress notification plugins that you can use to get more returning visitors on your website. These plugins will allow you to set up notification systems that will send a notification to subscribed visitors every time you publish a new post on your website. Subscribers will instantly know about your new post and they will be eager to click and read more.


OneSignal Free WordPress Push Notifications Plugin

OneSignal is my personal favorite push notification plugin for WordPress. I personally use and enjoy this plugin on most of my blogs!

The plugin allows anyone with a WordPress site to increase user engagement and receive more returning visitors by adding a desktop and browser push notification system to an existing WordPress website. The process is very simple and once you have the plugin installed and properly configured, everything start to get automated. This means that your blog or website will start to receive more returning visitors without you lifting a finger!

  • OneSignal supports multiple browsers, ie Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari.
  • Notifications are automatically sent to all subscribers every time you publish a new post.
  • The plugin also offers an advance targeting system that allows you to send push notifications to specific visitors only.
  • Built-in A/B split-testing will help you understand your audience better.
  • Custom notifications can be schedules based on your own rules, or as per built-in rules that takes into account factors such as a visitor’s time zone and language.


PushAssists Push Notifications plugin for WordPress is another excellent plugin that will help you send push notifications to subscribers in an instant.

This plugin features a user-friendly interface with an easy-to-use dashboard and built-in tracking. Installing this plugin will help you increase engagement and attract more returning visitors to your site. It’s quick and easy to install and offers many useful features such as:

  • Instantly send notifications to subscribers
  • Notifications arrives as message alerts and sound alerts, depending on the operating system of the user
  • A Smart Segmentation feature filters users into groups
  • New posts and pages can be sent out as a notification automatically

PushAssists plugin is free to install, but also offers a premium version that allows you to schedule campaigns ahead of time.


The aim of the pushBIZ WordPress notification plugin is to put your business in front of your readers, customers or followers. The plugin offers an instant push notification service that will notify your readers in an instant when new posts have been published or when you send out a custom push notification.

Everything can be managed and tracked from within your WordPress dashboard. The plugin also comes with built-in tracking and a really nice analytical dashboard.

Web Push

A Simple, clean and elegant plugin that gives you everything you need when it comes to looking for WordPress notification plugins. The plugin is quick and easy to install and uses the W3C Push API to send notifications to your subscribers.

Apart from the obvious, this plugin also features an analytic widget on the WordPress admin dashboard so you can see the statistics of your push-campaigns straight after logging in.

WordPress Desktop Push Notifications by

If you’re looking for a more premium experience, then the WordPress Desktop Notifications plugin by Emres is an excellent choice. The plugin offers a professional desktop notifications system and they mean business. They have an advance plugin that will send a notification to your subscribers desktop and play a sound to notify them and make sure you get their attention.


This plugin fully supports WooCommerce, BuddyPress and bbPress. These features makes this plugin your best choice if you are running a shopping site, a social focused site or a forum every new update can spark engagement!


Today I’ve given you my choice of the top 5 WordPress notification plugins that will allow you to grab the attention of your subscribers without having to wait for them to open their email inbox. If you’re not sure how to install these plugins, you can refer to my How to Install a WordPress Theme tutorial.

Thelma Anderson

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