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Get data from web form into Act!

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Get data from web form into Act!

Can the API, in its current state, get data from a web form into the database?

 

If yes, how is this built?  Can a non-programmer do it? Is anyone who can do this offering their services (paid of course)?

Dan Pisano
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Re: Get data from web form into Act!

Short answer = yes.  If the product used for forms has an API and is available in Zapier (Wufoo and Formstack are a couple of examples), then a non-programmer can fairly easily create this integration.  

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Re: Get data from web form into Act!

Marshall - Thanks for the reply.

Dan Pisano
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Re: Get data from web form into Act!


dpisano wrote:

Can the API, in its current state, get data from a web form into the database?

 

If yes, how is this built?  Can a non-programmer do it? Is anyone who can do this offering their services (paid of course)?


Dan,

Short answer yes, long answer.. but and it is a big but. 

There is a danger here of over simplification and the API being the answer to everything, when in fact it isn't. Zapier assists the non-developer community but it is not the replacement for a thoughtfully produced web form posting tool for Act!.

For instance:

1. How do you handle duplicates?

2. How do you define a duplicate? 

3. How do you handle returning customers (re-submissions), append data, replace data? 

4. How do you consolidate data that needs to be placed in multiple entities in Act!?

5. What is the administration (GUI) interface look like for handling multiple forms?

6. How do you review recent entries? i..e logging, if things go wrong is there a log running that you can review?

 

Both Exponenciel and Xact Software have mature solutions for creating forms, I suggest you take a look at what they offer.

 

 

Graeme Leo
Xact Software - consultants and developers
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