What Does It Take to Build an API Integration

Everyone around seems excited about the benefits API economy brings. However, not many reveal the hard truth about how much effort building and maintaining an API integration really takes. Though being a completely necessary long-term investment, it has a few pitfalls which can challenge even the most exquisite mind. Hence, before pitching in, you’d better set a realistic views on the costs you are to invest into the integration.

Developing integration yourself

Inconsistency is the problem

  • They have different attributes and objects models
  • Sometimes systems have related attributes, but their format and values can differ
  • Conflicts will appear as artifacts by the changes users made

In order to overcome these and other challenges, you’ve got to have a consistent plan of what you have to do and what it will take. Here is the approximate scenario of what will happen once you decide to design your own integration.

First things first. Start with conducting a research

At the very best scenario, it can take three days to complete, depending on the complexity of the system.

2. Design a prototype

3. Create a basic version

4. Manage transactions

Congratulations. You have built an API

5. Keep servicing your integration.

  • Monitoring: adding alerts and webhooks will take you around two or three days.
  • Documentation. No words are enough to stress the importance of this stage, though it is ignored so often. They say, your API is as good as your documentation is. So make sure you do not overlook this crucial moment and take two days to complete it.

Calculate the costs

Knowledge is power. And now that you know how many resources have to be spent to develop the API, you can consider possible solutions and ways to cut down the costs.

API is only part of the answer

You might have a question in your mind, which may sound like ”how to overcome all these difficulties?” Here’s the solution for you!

Fortunately, API2Cart makes your integration easier, faster, safer and cheaper. It provides a unified API to connect with over 35 shopping carts. API2Cart solves practically all integrational issues for B2B eCommerce software merchants and helps them to expand their market share. Also, API2Cart protect consumer’s personal and store information from unauthorized access. The detailed documentation makes API using easier and more understandable, 24/7 customer support is always ready to help you.

API2Cart is a unified API provider that establishes integration with 40+ shopping carts, including Magento, WooCommerce, Bigcommerce, Shopify, PrestaShop, etc.

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