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Prestashop Advanced Progressive Web App

Updated 27 March 2024

Prestashop Advanced Progressive Web App – A Progressive Web App (PWA) uses modern web capabilities to deliver an app-like experience to users.

Web apps are actually websites that, in many ways, look and feel like native applications.

Mobile applications with push notifications achieve up to three times more retention than their counterparts. With push notification, a user is three times more likely to reopen a mobile application than a website.

In addition, a well-designed mobile application consumes fewer data and is much faster because some resources reside on the device.

The Progressive Web Application is fast in comparison to the website and supports push notifications.

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With the use of this feature, the website works faster on a slower internet connection. Due to the faster performance, the user engagement increases on the website and results in a very high conversion rate.

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Module Highlights

  • User-friendly experience for your customers.
  • Supports push notification service.
  • Slow internet speed will not affect its potential.
  • Once a page is opened then you can open the same page even on offline mode.
  • Increases user-engagement thereby increasing the conversion rate.

Note

  • You need to enable SSL on your shop
  • Compatible Browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Opera(latest version)
  • Module is compatible with PrestaShop version 8.x.x.
  • Module is also MultiShop compatible

New Features

  • Now Admin can create five types of push notification:
    • Manual Push Notification- Now admin can schedule the push notification.
    • Product Notification- Admin can send the product notification from the product edit page.
    • Order Status Notification- Send the order status notification to customer on changing the order status.
    • Welcome Notification- Admin can send the welcome notification to the users if allowed by the users.
    • Cart Reminder Notification- Admin can set the cart reminder notification with a specific number of days.
  • Admin can manage the subscribers from the “Manage Subscribers” tab.
  • Track the live status of notifications while sending them to customers.
  • Admin can view/delete the list of notification history from “Manage Notification History” tab.
  • Max. character limit for the short name of the app is 12.
  • The PWA feature is now compatible with iOS. However, iOS doesn’t support push notifications in PWA in iOS.
  • Connectivity status(i.e offline/online) of app will display at the end of screen of mobile.
  • Now, product URL automatically attaches with product push notification.

Features of the Prestashop Advanced Progressive Web App module

  • Admin can set the application name as it will display when one opens the app on mobile phones.
  • An admin can set the application’s short name as it will display on home screen.
  • Admin can enter the splash screen background colour.
  • Admin can upload the app icon.
  • An admin can upload the push notification icon.
  • Admin can create push notifications.
  • Admin can edit/delete/send push notifications.
  • An admin can attach a target URL when a user clicks on push notification.
  • Admin can attach a separate notification icon for each push notification.
  • Admin can send the push notifications in multi-language.
  • Send Product notification for existing products in intervals.

How to install the Prestashop Advanced Progressive Web App module

  • Firstly, go to the module manager in the back office and click on ‘upload a module’.
  • After that, drag and drop the module file or select the file from the system.
  • In this way, the module installation will be successful.

How to Set up the Progressive Web Application

A user can select ‘Add to home screen’ option to add the progressive web application to the home screen available at the footer of the web page.

Add to home

Once added to the home screen, you can see the PWA on your phone home screen with the selected icon, favicon, and splash screen colour.

PWA on homepage

How to configure the Prestashop Advanced Progressive Web App module

The configuration settings contain three sections.

  • Progressive Web App Configuration
  • Push Notification Configuration
  • General Configuration

Progressive Web App Configuration

In this section of the configuration, an admin can do the following things.

  • Set the application name as it will display when app opens on mobile phones.
  • Set the application’s short name to display on app home screen.
  • Select the splash screen background colour.
  • Upload the app icon.
  • Upload the push notification icon.
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Let’s show you what are these actually when opened on a mobile. Moreover, a user can also see the application icon on the home screen of the mobile like this. Also, a user can click on the application to launch it.

After clicking on the application, the application launches with a splash screen. The splash screen shows the application name and icon.

The application launches in the same way as the native app. Also, the app icon displays on the splash screen on iOS mobile devices.

However, the background colour & app name doesn’t display on the splash screen of iOS devices.

Splash screen

After the splash screen, a user can see the home screen of the application. From here a user can explore your website. Push Notification Configuration

Push Notification Configuration

In this section of the configuration, an admin has to enter the sender’s key, server key, application public server key and application private server key in order to activate the push notification system.

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In the next section of this Blog, we shall explain how to obtain the Credentials for Push Notification Configuration.

General Configuration

Under General Configuration, admin can:

  • Select notification types for which he wants to manage notification history.
  • Enable/Disable the display of custom notification permission prompt on desktop/mobile device.
  • Set the time duration after which custom prompt notification will again display on desktop once canceled by customer.
  • Enable/Disable the display of app install button and select the position where he wants to display the button.
  • Enable/Disable the option, whether to add products to the cart when a cart notification is click by a user.
  • Set whether the existing cart will get updated with new products or not, when products are added to the cart on the click of cart notification.
Configuration

Push Notification Impressions Target

Whenever the admin sends the push notifications to the customers, a record of it creates in the back office under the “Manage Notification History” tab.

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Admin can view the number of times the push notifications are clicked. When this number reaches the target specified by admin in “Push Notification Impressions Target” field, the badge under clicked column automatically turns green. This means the impression target has been achieved.

Let’s understand this with the help of an example. Suppose admin has send the push notifications to 100 customers and set the target as 70%. Now, if 70 out of 100 customers clicked on the push notification then then target get meet and the badge will turn from red to green.

Custom Notification Permission Prompt

Custom notification permission prompt will display on the website before the native permission prompt as enabled by the admin from the back office.

Custom notification

If a custom clicks on “ALLOW” button, then a native permission prompt will appear on the screen as show below:

permission prompt

If a customer clicks on the “NO THANKS” button, then the custom notification permission prompt will display again on the screen after the time set by the admin.

Also note, that iOS does not support push notifications. Hence, iOS will also not support the custom notification prompt.

The pop up will not appear on iOS devices. However, the user can use the more button (middle one at the bottom of safari browser) on iOS devices to use the “add to home screen” feature.

Display of install app button

App install button will be displayed on the positions selected by the admin while configuring the general settings.

Progressive-Web-App

When a user clicks on the “INSTALL APP” button or the banner, a popup appears on the screen from where he can install the app.

Install App

Note: iOS does not support the ‘Install App” functionality.

How to obtain push notification credentials

In order to use this module, you need to have Firebase Project Credentials. Please visit this link and create a new project with your Gmail Account.

  • After opening Firebase website, please click CREATE NEW PROJECT button as shown in the above screenshot.
  • A small pop-up window will appear with the name of Create a project, here you have to enter your Project Name and then select your Country/Region.
  • Click CREATE PROJECT button.
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After creating your new project, click the settings menu icon and select the Project Settings option. A new settings page will open.

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After entering the Settings page, click the CLOUD MESSAGING tab. Here you will find your Project Credentials, copy and save your credentials as displayed below.

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Use these credentials in the Module Configuration to enable Push Notification service.

Push Notification Management

This module provides a striking feature to your website by enabling the Push Notification Mechanism.

After the installation of the module, new tabs add to the Prestashop Backoffice.

Dashboard-•-Progressive-Web-App

There are five types of push notifications in the “Manage Push Notification” tab.

  • Manual Push Notification
  • Product Notification
  • Order Status Notification
  • Welcome Notification
  • Cart Reminder Notification

Manual Push Notification- In this tab admin can add push notifications manually.

manage push notifications

Additionally, the live status of notifications i.e delivered or expired also displays over the list of manual notifications.

live status of push notifcation

Admin will have a panel where he will be able to add new push notifications.  Admin will specify the Push Notification title, Body, Target URL and the Notification icon.

add new push notification

Product Notification- In this tab, an admin can add product notification.

Product-Notification

Admin can choose existing products to send Product notifications for. If the interval is set to 0, it will send the product notification for all the selected products in real time. If a time interval is set, then the notifications will be sent accordingly.

Product-Notification

In order to send product push notifications, go to catalog–>products–> edit page of any particular product.

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Order Status Notification- In this tab admin can add order status notification. Also, the admin can choose to add different push notifications for different order statuses.

manage order status notification
create new order status notification

Moreover, if the admin changes the order status, then the push notification will go to the customer.

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Welcome Notification- In this tab admin can add a welcome notification.

manage welcome notification
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Click on the “Cart Reminder Notification” tab and from here admin can add cart reminder notifications.

manage cart reminder notification

If the Customer lefts any product in the cart, then the cart reminder notification will be sent in the set number of days.

Further, click on “Subscribers” to manage the subscribers.

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Under “Notification History”, admin can see the history of all notifications.

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Push Notification on APP

Once an admin triggers the push notification, the user will receive the push notification on the phone.

Push notification

Now, notification to show whether the app is online or offline also displays in the footer of the web page.

Online
offline

So, this was all about the PrestaShop Advanced Progressive Web App Module. I hope this document will help you in checking the functionality of the module in a better way.

Also, do let us know about your views in the comments.

In case, if you are also looking for a module with similar functionality for your marketplace, then do check out the blog.

Support

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