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Compare top web push notification platforms: OneSignal vs. PushCrew (VWO Engage) vs. Webpushr

We can understand that selecting a web push notifications API for your web app can be a daunting process. With so many choices out there, it can be difficult to choose the best platform that offers a good balance between features you need, your budget and your integration constraints. To make this selection easier for you, we conduct a detailed lab test of more than 20 different platform in our internal lab to shortlist and finally rank based on a pre-set list of criteria. We then publish our results on a monthly basis so people like you have a single reference that can help you make an informed decision. Below is a summary of our results. You can also read more detailed customer reviews to get additional insights.

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?Our final rank based on a multitude of factors such as features, pricing, ease-of-use, enterprise scalability, customer reviews, customer support, etc.
?We expect vendors to pre-load images associated with the message to their CDNs before the push notification is sent out to shield original website (or their CDN) from image load requests. This is particularly important for push messages sent out using APIs or WordPress Plugins. If this is not supported then the original website will either face higher load (slow load times) immediately after a push message is sent out - OR higher CDN costs .
?Web Push Notifications are not supported by non-HTTPS sites. Push companies offer custom subdomains for non-HTTPS sites so that site visitors are able to see a popup window to the custom subdomain at the time of opt-in. Keep in mind that when push message is received by a subscriber of non-HTTPS site, it shows as sent by the custom subdomain.
?Being able to create audience groups that can be later used to send targeted push campaigns. Example: Send a promotional discount message to visitors from a specific country, who have previously visited a specific page.
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?For a non-HTTPS site, we expect the push notification company to offer a shared P12 certificate and, as a result, a seamless Safari integration. For HTTPS sites, we expect companies to let site owners upload their custom P12 certificate because shared certificate should not be used by HTTPS site owners. Keep in mind that if your site is HTTPS, you will need to make an Apple Developer account (which costs $99/year paid to Apple directly) to create a custom P12 certificate. The entire process is simple and should not take more than 1 hour from start to finish.
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?Being able to set an event, such as a page visit, as a conversion goal before a push notification message is sent out.
Event Based
Auto Push
?Being able to set automation rules where a pre-composed web push notification is sent out anytime someone triggers a pre-defined event such as a specific page load. Example: send out a warm welcome message any time someone signs up to your website.
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User Attributes
?Being able to add custom subscriber information from your internal CRM systems (such as User ID, Name, E-mail, Phone, etc.) to each subscriber so push notifications can be sent based on Custom Attributes.
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[Our Top Recommendation]

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Rank: 3

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Pricing comparison between OneSignal vs. PushCrew (VWO Engage) vs. Webpushr:

Of the three tools, it is apparent that Webpushr Pricing is the most competitive of the three. Since pricing is based on the number of subscribers, we picked 50K subscribers as a reference point for price comparison. Webpushr is completely free for up to 60K subscribers and offers a ~70% discount on paid tiers when compared to OneSignal's pricing.


Feature comparison between OneSignal vs. PushCrew (VWO Engage) vs. Webpushr

All three products offer a relatively similar set of basic features such as user segmentation, Safari browser support, campaign reporting, automated push messages, etc. We believe that either of the three will cover most 90% of the use cases. There are some differences in terms of advanced features such as conversion reporting that you can see in the table above. The differences however are minor and we believe that it is your budget and personal preference in terms of user interfact and experience that should dictate which product you select as your web push enabler.


How customers reviewed OneSignal, PushCrew & Webpushr

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Frequently Asked Question

Why did we pick 50K subscribers as reference for cost comparison?

Based on our research, we believe that 50K represents the average subscriber count for most websites that use web push notifications today. Although OneSignal offers a free pricing tier, we decided to ignore it as most customers will surpass that limit in less than 12 months. We therefore recommend that you consider cost at 50K subscriber for any budgetary planning purposes

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