Join Patrick Rauland for an in-depth discussion in this video Integration settings and API settings, part of WordPress Ecommerce: WooCommerce.
- [Instructor] If you take a look at your Settings screen, you might not see this Integration tab, and that's because it only shows up when you have an integration active. Because I currently have the Google Analytics integration active, I see the tab. And if there were multiple integrations, there would be sub-tabs right here and I could click between them. Most integrations with third-party services will show up right here, so if you plan to connect to other services, you can look for their settings right here on this screen. Aside from that, every single integration will have completely different settings.
We've already covered the Google Analytics integration. Other services may have more or less settings, but they'll all appear right here. Let's move on to the API settings as that's another way that you can connect your store to another service. If we click on API, we'll just see one setting, the ability to turn it on and off, and then there's a few sub-tabs. The first is Keys and Apps. Let's click on that one. This page lets you create a key that another application can use to get all of the data from your store.
You can see right here that the MailChimp application automatically created one for us, as did the TaxJar application. We'll go ahead and create one manually now. I'll click Add Key. I'll describe it. I'll be connecting this to the iOS App, so I'll just call it iOS. You can assign it to yourself, and then Permissions. Read means it can read all of the data on the site, Write means that it can add data or modify existing data to the site, and Read and Write allows the app to do both. Since the iOS app only allows reading right now, it'll only read your orders and display information about them.
It doesn't allow you to manually create orders and it doesn't allow you to manually add products so we can just set the permissions to Read. Let's click Generate API Key. We're not going to fully configure the app right now, but once you do, you can open up the app and scan this QRCode or enter the API information manually into the app, and your app will be connected to your store. One note. If you leave this page and try to come back, you won't be able to see the full key and you'll have to create a new one.
So before you leave the page, just make sure you've copied all this down or already connected everything. There's one more thing to cover, and that is Webhooks. Think of Webhooks as a way to automatically send data to a service without needing an API, so you could automatically send a service information about each new order with a Webhook. This can be useful, but they're a bit of a pain to set up, and I generally recommend setting up and installing a plugin for a service before trying to use Webhooks that can be set up incorrectly.
If a service requires Webhooks, they'll tell you how to configure them. For right now, it's good just to know that they exist.
- Why WooCommerce?
- Installing WooCommerce
- Setting up your store
- Adding products, including images and data
- Creating a subscription product
- Setting up shipping
- Configuring payment options
- Setting up taxes
- Customizing your theme
- Connecting Google Analytics and MailChimp
- Managing orders and reports