Stay in the loop even when you’re away from your site.
Browser Notifications on WordPress.com
Today we’re launching a feature that will show instant notifications for new comments and likes — even when you are not actively using WordPress.com. Browser notifications give you a real-time sense of your readers’ reactions, allowing you to stay more engaged with your audience. Notifications will show up in Chrome or Firefox in the same location where each browser normally displays notifications. They will appear whether or not you have WordPress.com open, as long as your browser is running.
You’re in complete control. You can enable browser notifications from the notifications page of your personal settings. If your browser supports them, you’ll see an option at the top of the page to enable browser notifications.
Browser notifications are supported in the latest versions of Chrome and Firefox — if your browser isn’t up to date, make sure you update to the latest version.
Question: When the blogger responds to a reader’s comments, is tghe reader notified this has been done?
Nice feature for sure, but it would have been nearly perfect if Internet Explorer and the new Edge browser were also included.
And those who do not use chrome and find that firefox spoils the blog? What about the best browser, Opera? Not that I want notifications anyway!
Very good, nice feature. Thank you🙂
Thanks but I use Safari and it is unlikely I’m going to switch🙂
Enjoy your day.
What about on mobile app? My notifications on the app always seem to be far behind real-time and frequently do not show until long after I have already responded. Sometimes there are several days’ lag between reader response and notifications.
Also: what about Safari?
And, in reading the statement below the “reply” field here, it says “please do not use these comments for asking questions…” So, what exactly is the point of beinf able to reply? Singing praises or offering criticism only?
A person often asks a question as a means of pointing out the information they need to know which is not addressed in the blog post…
Y’all are so awesome!
Who here is sick of getting browser notification about websites asking them permission to deliver them notifications on the web? Every third website on the internet appears to have added this feature. And most of them use it to push ads.
But it’s great to have this feature on WordPress.com.
Interesting. I’m using Safari, so my guess is that this won’t work for that browser. However…..since the Mac has notifications for many products, I’m wondering if WordPress plans to release one?
This is awesome! About a week ago, I built web browser notifications into my blog for users, but didn’t think to engineer them for myself! Now I’ll have to start hacking away at a solution for self-hosting for this too, unless JetPack is planning on picking up the mantle. Great job on creating functionality I didn’t know that needed, but now likely can’t live without.
I presume this is being done by supporting the Push API for Chrome and Firefox. Is there pending support for APNs on Safari?
Brilliant! Thank you Team @ WordPress.com.
PUSH notifications – you mean chronic distractions, don’t you? Not a feature I’ll be enabling – so I hope I’ll continue to have a choice. There is SO much on the WordPress platform that needs to be fixed or updated – why this?
More to the point, why does everybody consider it a GOOD thing to make it more difficult to concentrate on what we came to the computer to DO? Hate it!
That looks cool! Thanks for the heads up, Matt!
Awesome. Though I rarely get notifications LOL.
Great idea! Will it work with Safari?
Meh. Just another social time waster.
I run a regularly in the top-10 wordpress.com blog.
What would be REALLY awesome would be a feature I and hundreds of my readers who have requested it have been asking for for years – the ability to temporarily fix comments they wrote.
I waste more time than anything fixing readers comments due to misspellings, formatting/html tag errors and responding to emails about it than anything. I’ve been asking for this for years and so have readers.
And it isn’t like you can’t provide it, there are several plugins for self-hosted wordpress that do this…you guys just have to get serious and approve one for wordpress.com
Facebook has the ability to go back and edit you comment, Blogger has the ability to go back and edit comments, and several other platforms have the ability to go back and edit comments.
Mysteriously, wordpress.com still does not, yet instead pushes inconsequential features like this one. Why? I mean really, why is wordpress.com so far behind?
Do I really care if “Miklos liked your Super Mario…whatever”? Not one damn bit. Give me something that eases my blog management work load, instead of something that wastes more time.
I’ve had numerous people at Automattic tell me “we are seriously looking at this” for years…so please don’t tell me that. Make some noise up the food chain instead.
Just need to comment on these push notifications so thst you know, not everyone welcomes this. My phone is constantly buzzing calling my sttention to it 24/7. Another thing it’s going to buzz about to draw my attention to deal with RIGHT NOW! You gotta be kidding. No thanks.
Thanks, Matt. It’s an intersting service. I want to see it running.
Matt, does the push notification also work on new blog post? That’d be really helpful for those who did not subscribe