The API2Cart plugins are intended to make it easier to add stores based on open-source shopping carts like Magento, WooCommerce, PrestaShop, and CS-Cart. They automatically install a connection bridge to the root folder of the store thus excluding the inconveniences that the process usually entails.
In particular, using the plugin resolves a couple of issues for both software vendors and their clients:
Vendors do not need to ask store owners for their FTP credentials.
Store owners avoid the inconvenience of begrudgingly sharing their access information.
The security of the FTP credentials remains absolute as they do not leave the private admin surrounding of the store.
Either the vendor or the store owner does not have to grope for the right folder to insert the bridge.
The plugins are organized blank and white label, which means that vendors can modify them with their logos and additional specified functionality to present as native code module. They can also list and promote them on relevant directories and marketplaces.
How the API2Cart plugins work
A store owner installs the plugin.
They authorize the vendor application by inserting their vendor application API key or login credentials.
They press Connect and all the necessary information like store URL, store key, and vendor API key gets passed on to the service provider application.
The vendor system identifies the user account and sends a cart.create API call to API2Cart, the request including the store URL and the store key.
API2Cart identifies the store key correlates with an existing account in the API2Cart system.
The vendor system can now poll the shopping cart.
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