How does the AffiliateWP Zapier add-on work?
This article explains the primary concepts and terms used regarding the AffiliateWP Zapier - Automated Tasks pro add-on.
For a guide on set up, troubelshooting, and configuration of this add-on, please refer to the article Zapier - Setup and configuration.
This article is divided into the following sections:
- What is Zapier?
- What is a "trigger"?
- What is an "action"?
- How does Zapier connect with AffiliateWP?
- What information is sent to Zapier?
- What can I do with this add-on?
What is Zapier?Zapier is the name of a business. Their website is zapier.com. On this site, they provide a service for which anyone can sign up. Zapier offers both free and paid plans.
What is a "trigger"?
Triggers are incoming data that Zapier receives from an outside source. You can then use that data to do things somewhere else. When Zapier receives data from one of the Zapier apps, such as your website on which AffiliateWP is installed, Zapier calls that a trigger.
What is an "action"?
Actions are things Zapier can do on your behalf, to a variety of external services and websites (such as a WordPress site with AffiliateWP!). When Zapier sendsdatato something (perhaps creating an affiliate on your site, or updating a referral), Zapier calls that an action.
How does Zapier connect with AffiliateWP?Zapier connects with your AffiliateWP installation securely using the REST API introduced in AffiliateWP 2.0.
What information can Zapier receive?Pretty much anything that happens in AffiliateWP can be used as a trigger in Zapier.
What can I do with this add-on?There are virtually infinite combinations of zaps that can be created. See the following for a few examples of what you can do. Most importantly, you can create zaps using any of Zapier's listed apps - not just those we've used as examples!
- Set up and configuration guide (3 examples)
- Automatically add affiliates to MailChimp (blog post)
- AffiliateWP Zapier release post, containing multiple example zap ideas