Question: What features are available using the Act! API?
Product Family: Act!
Product: Act! Premium, Act! Premium Plus, Act! Premium (access via web), Act! Premium Cloud
Version: Subscription Only
What is the Act! API?
The Act! API is a set of functions that allow for integration between your Act! database and a number of other features and services either provided by Swiftpage or other 3rd parties. Some of these features will work natively as soon as Act! has been installed. Other features will require additional software in order to work.
What are the available API Features?
See below for a selection of articles that introduce and will help you become familiar with the range of API features available for an Act! Premium subscriber.
- Act! Insight
- Opportunity KPIs
- Act! Marketing Automation
- Act! Companion App
- Act! Premium Contact Link (Connect with Outlook)
- Act! Connect – Connect with hundreds of popular apps!
What do I need to do to use these features?
There are 3 ways in which the Act! API is used by the Act! software.
- A native API service that installs alongside your Act! Premium software and helps to support the Act! Insight and Opportunity KPI features
Please Note: This service is listed in Windows Services (services.msc) as ‘Act! Web API Host’ and is for Act! Premium (Desktop) Only, not Act! Premium (Web). For these features to work in Act! Premium (Web) it requires your website to be correctly configured and your database to be added to the site. Please refer to How to Configure Act! Premium for Web for Act! API Features for more information.
- The Act! Connect Link – A separately installed API application that provides a secure API URL capable of supporting all Act! API features
- The Act! Web API – A self-hosted Act! API provided with an installation of Act! Premium for Web.
Enabling the different API features will depend on the deployment of your Act! software so please choose the most relevant deployment option in the following support article for further guidance:
How do I set up the Act! API?
Please Note: A number of features that can integrate with Act! require a secure external connection to the Act! API in order to work. This includes some connections present in the software such as Act! Marketing Automation, and includes all third party integrations such as the Zapier service.
In order to create a secure external connection to your Act! API, you must install either the Act! Connect Link (available with Act! Premium, Act! Premium Plus, Act! Premium for Web), OR the Act! Web API (available with Act! Premium for Web).
Please Note: If you want to make use of the Act! Web API, you will need a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate. If you do not have this, you will need to use the Act! Connect Link instead.
For more information on configuring your Act! Premium for Web installation to use the Act! Web API, see the below article:
How to Configure Act! Premium for Web for Act! API Features
If you are using Act! Premium for Web (APFW) and you have set up your own custom websites, then the API and your APFW website will need to be configured to work correctly. Please see the below article for information on how to do this:
Configuring the API when using Custom Websites