What Are Connectors and How to Use Them

Connectors are plugins that enable your customers to add their stores right from their native surrounding, that is, web store back office.

Depending on the shopping cart that a merchant uses, to add their store you need their FTP or API credentials. Sellers are usually unwilling to share this personal information and are happy to use safer for their privacy methods. The API2Cart connectors eliminate this inconvenience and make you a trustable service provider that cares about data safety and customer convenience.

There are yet two generations of the API2Cart connectors. The first one embraces the Magento, WooCommerce, CS-Cart, and PrestaShop plugins. The second one counts yet only those for Shopify and Magento 2.

How first-generation connectors work

The four plugins are bridge-based. All your users need to do is install and activate the plugin, and then share their store key to ensure the proper work though the API2Cart API, their login and password safely unrevealed. See more in this API2Cart connector scheme.

How Magento plugin works

  1. A store owner installs the plugin.
  2. They press the Connect button.
  3. The plugin automatically installs a bridge to the root folder of the store and returns the unique store key.
  4. The store owner passes the store key on to the vendor.
  5. The vendor uses the store key to connect the store to the system.

How second-generation connectors work

These plugins only require your unique vendor plugin key that you can find in your API2Cart account. It determines what server and account the store is to be added to.


Your users install the plugin, enter your plugin key, and click Connect. See more in this API2Cart connector scheme.

How Shopify plugin works

  1. A user registers an account in the vendor system. There they find the vendor’s unique plugin key.
  2. The store owner installs the plugin.
  3. They insert the plugin key into a relevant field and press the Connect button.
  4. The plugin determines the vendor account that the store is to be added to.
  5. The plugin sends the data to API2Cart and the store gets added to the vendor account.
  6. The store owner receives a success message with their unique store key.
  7. The store owner passes the store key on to the vendor.

How Magento 2 plugin works

  1. A user registers an account in the vendor system. There they find the vendor’s unique plugin key.
  2. The store owner installs the plugin.
  3. They insert the plugin key into a relevant field and press the Connect button.
  4. The plugin determines the vendor account that the store is to be added to.
  5. The plugin automatically installs a bridge to the root folder of the store and returns the unique store key to API2Cart. The store gets added to the vendor account.
  6. The store owner receives a success message with their unique store key.
  7. The store owner passes the store key on to the vendor.