The role of any API is to share data from one application to another. Earlier, it was not an easy task to identify where data was located for different APIs. That is when REST entered the picture making it easy for one application to communicate with another, in the fastest way.
Usually, company’s product data is stored at multiple places, and there are times when specific data or file is needed in some other department. The best way to send files is via API, and in such scenarios, REST API becomes handy – it gets things done faster, is lightweight, secure, and easy to write code.
What is REST API? – A Simple Understanding
REST stands for REpresentational State Transfer. It acts as a connector between two applications, anywhere, using HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST, and DELETE data.
It is also referred to as a RESTful web service – based on representational state transfer (REST) technology, an architectural style, and approach to communications often used in web services development.
REST API in flexiPIM
A list of REST API Links and other details will be provided for every flexiPIM user. With the help of the given information, the flexiPIM user can send the REST API Request to flexiPIM. Once the tool receives a request, the following happens:
- Read Request Header and Authenticate the Request
- Read Request URL and direct to corresponding Functionalities
- Read Form Data from Request and do corresponding Operations
- Return Appropriate Data along with success message (if request is executed successfully)
- Return Error message along with a reason (if it was unable to process the request)
REST API Authentication
Token-based Authentication is implemented in flexiPIM’s REST API. Every flexiPIM User is provided a secret token through which the users can gain access to the flexiPIM API.
With the help of flexiPIM’s REST API, users can create, edit, and delete the following things:
- Attribute Group
REST API in flexiPIM can fetch and transfer data to platforms like Magento, Shopify, BigCommerce, any other eCommerce and ERP platforms. Users can also modify data in flexiPIM from other resources after establishing the connection with REST API.
REST API for Accessing Data from flexiPIM
|1||http://host/api/categories||POST||Return List of All Available Categories|
|2||http://host/api/families||POST||Return List of All Available Family|
|3||http://host/api/products||POST||Return List of All Available Products|
|4||http://host/api/attribute_groups||POST||Return List of All Available Attributes Group|
|5||http://host/api/attributes||POST||Return List of All Available Attributes|
REST API for Modifying Data in flexiPIM
|1||http://host/api/categories/create||POST||Create a New Category|
|2||http://host/api/categories/update||POST||Edit an Existing Category|
|3||http://host/api/categories/delete||POST||Delete an Existing Category|
|4||http://host/api/families/create||POST||Create a New Family|
|5||http://host/api/families/update||POST||Edit an Existing Family|
|6||http://host/api/families/addAttributes||POST||Add Attributes to an Existing Family|
|7||http://host/api/families/delete||POST||Delete an Existing Family|
|8||http://host/api/products||POST||Return List of All Available Products|
|9||http://host/api/products/create||POST||Create a New Product|
|10||http://host/api/products/edit||POST||Edit an Existing Product|
|11||http://host/api/products/delete||POST||Delete an Existing Product|
|12||http://host/api/attribute_groups/create||POST||Create a New Attribute Group|
|13||http://host/api/attribute_groups/addAttributes||POST||Add Attributes to an Existing Attribute Group|
|14||http://host/api/attribute_groups/update||POST||Edit an Existing Attribute Group|
|15||http://host/api/attribute_groups/delete||POST||Delete an Existing Attribute Group|
|16||http://host/api/attributes/create||POST||Create a New Attribute|
|17||http://host/api/attributes/edit||POST||Edit an Existing Attribute|
|18||http://host/api/attributes/delete||POST||Delete an Existing Attribute|
Advantages of RestAPI in flexiPIM
- Data Manipulation – Transfer data to various other ERP systems.
- Data Consistency – If data is changed in one platform, it is automatically reflected in all the other platforms having access to REST API.
- Data Reusability – Data in multiple channels can be utilized conveniently.
- Reduces Manual Effort – All the processes are automated, thus reducing redundant and repetitive tasks.
- Data Dependency – Users don’t have to depend on any specific user as all the data is stored in multiple channels.
- No Need for SDK’s – Tasks can be accomplished without the need to rely on Software Development Kits (SDKs).
Files transfer becomes seamless with REST API Integration. It offers amazing multi channel support by transferring necessary files swiftly to the specific system
flexiPIM provides you the API to transfer data in case your company has multi-channels, and if you already have an API in place, the same can be connected easily. Ensure a hassle-free data and files transfer REST API and flexiPIM.
Having a large scale of products data which is taking too much time to locate and load? Contact flexiPIM and do both – streamline your company’s product data, and offer amazing customer experiences.