How to Build the Messages Feature

Last Updated: Jul 02, 2018 02:19PM PDT

Description

The Messages feature serves as your users' "storehouse" for received push notifications. It allows users to refer back to previous push notifications they may have missed at receiving time. From within the feature, users can view plain text, template, and linked push notifications' content. If you decide to enable the option, users can also subscribe to message lists to receive push notifications tailored to their interests.

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Related features:

Setup

Navigate to the Build tab to begin the setup process, then follow the steps below.


1. Click ADD FEATURE.

2. Choose the Messages feature from the menu, then click SELECT.

3. Name your feature, then click ADD. Your new feature will now appear in the left-side menu.

4. Click on the feature to expand its menu. From the left-side menu you can:

  • use the checkbox to delete the feature.
  • click and drag the arrow icon to rearrange.
  • edit the feature icon by clicking it, then selecting a new image from the fly-up menu.
  • toggle on/off the feature.
  • jump to a specific section (i.e. Content or Custom Design) to adjust the feature settings.

Content

Here you can rename the feature, configure the settings, and add subscriptions.


1. Under Screen Info, change your Screen/Feature Name or leave as-is. This is the name that will appear in the app's feature menu (e.g. "Updates" as opposed to "Messages").

2. Under Settings, check the box to enable specific options.

  • Display Messages Screen: Choose how to display your Messages feature.
    • Homescreen Widget: A Messages shortcut will appear on the app's home screen when this setting is enabled.
    • Display Widget Only: The homescreen widget will appear but the actual Messages feature will be hidden from the feature menu when this setting is enabled.

3. Under Homescreen Widget, configure the Messages shortcut settings. This section will only appear if you've enabled Homescreen Widget under Settings.

  • Icon Location: Select the widget's positioning (Left Side of Screen or Right Side of Screen) on the home screen.

3. Under Subscription Service, toggle on Subscription-Based Push Notes to create unique message lists. Users can subscribe to these lists to receive push notifications tailored to their interests. Click ADD SUBSCRIPTION and type the name of the subscription in the field below. Repeat this process for each subscription.

4. Click SAVE at the top right when you're done.

Custom Design 

If you'd like create a custom design for this feature instead of using the Global Design, you'll do so here. Skip over this section if not. See here for more info.

Examples


  

Messages with linked actions will show the 'Open' button. 
For offers, this will open a webview inside the messages list to display the available offer.
 

Note: All subscriptions will default to enabled for new users. 
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