APIs Explained - Ad Upload to Texstyled Automated

Here’s our guide to APIs – we’ve aimed to make it as easy to understand as possible. If you would like more technical information, then please see our open source api instructions here.

If you have other questions that you’d like answered please email us info@texstyled.com

What’s an API and how can it help my business?

It’s an application-programming interface, which is a set of programming instructions and protocols for connecting to other Web-based software applications. But what does that mean? It means that Texstyled has released its API so that other web site developers can easily connect to our system. For the retailer, it makes it easier to get product information into Texstyled. But more importantly it can automate pricing updates, stock levels and sale pricing. So if you already have a point of sale system or a web store with all of your up to date product information – description, photos, pricing and stock level, an API connection to Texstyled will help keep the two synchronized. And anything that saves time and duplicated effort is good for your business right? Which systems can an API link be built for? So if you are wondering if an API link to Texstyled is an option for your business, lets talk about the systems it works well with. An API link can be easily set up between most well known ecommerce platforms. The key thing though is that the data in the system that you are linking to Texstyled is up to date and accurate. Remember - rubbish in equals rubbish out. Remember the API connection is going to automatically transfer the pricing, stock levels etc from your system onto Texstyled.

I want to get an API in place for my business – where do I start?

Shopify and Texstyled

We have designed & built a connector for linking Shopify and Texstyled. This connector makes the process of creating the link between your Shopify site and our marketplace really easy. In most instances we can have the feed set up in half a day, plus ad mapping time. Sound good? Please Email Us to start the process.

This connector link will –

• Bring your ad content from your Shopify site into your Texstyled account

• Update your prices, sale prices & stock levels on your ads on Texstyled, so that they are the same as on your website.

• Then ongoing you only need to update your Shopify site.

Big Commerce and Texstyled

We have designed & built a connector for linking Big Commerce and Texstyled. This connector makes the process of creating the link between your Big Commerce site and our marketplace really easy. In most instances we can have the feed set up in half a day, plus ad mapping time. Sound good? Please Email Us to start the process.

This connector link will –

• Bring your ad content from your Big Commerce site into your Texstyled account

• Update your prices, sale prices & stock levels on your ads on Texstyled, so that they are the same as on your website.

• Then ongoing you only need to update your Big Commerce site.

Magento

If you run a Magento webstore – we’ve made it very easy to connect we’ve had a Magento Extension built. Email Us for details on where to access this. We recommend using a Magento Gold Partner Help Desk to support you in the installation.

If you run WooCommerce or Big Cartel or another E-Commerce platform we can help you get the API link in place - just shoot us an email and let us know that you would like to discuss it further. If you’ve got another system not covered here, an API is most likely still possible, talk to us, and Email Us and lets see how we can help.

Interested in doing it yourself?

Setting up an API does require an IT professional. Generally the process looks like this:

You’ll need an API key for your webstore or Point of Sale system. You can generate an API key for your Texstyled account directly through your account screen.

The developer you are working with needs these two API keys.

They then start the mapping. The fields in your system are mapped to match the fields in the Texstyled API. So the price field needs to be linked to the Texstyled price field etc.

When this is complete the developer will push the data from your system into Texsatyled.

Because there is no standard categorization for our products, there is still some manual work required. Once the data is in Texstyled, the ads need to be reviewed individually and the proper product categories chosen. This only needs to be done once per ad. The rest of the detail will then update automatically.

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