How does someone who knows nothing about the API or programming get started? The answer is pretty simple. Just start!
To get going, you will need a couple of very basic things:
- The Infusionsoft API Key, which you will find in your application settings.
- A free text editor. You can use Wordpad or TextEdit when you are first starting out. Smultron is another good free one for Mac. Later on, if you want to get fancier, you can buy a full featured editor.
- A free FTP Client, which you probably have already if you’re working on websites. FileZilla is great because it’s free on both Mac and Windows.
- FTP Access to a server.
Next, start playing with the sample code provided in the API documentation. If you have attended one of our “Introduction to the Infusionsoft API” webinars, you received our Infusionsoft API Setup Guide.
That guide shows you how to set up a script that tests your connection to the API. Use that script as a starting point. You can begin to drop the code snippets from the API documentation into that script to experiment and learn.
One of the concerns I hear a lot concerning learning the API is you may be worried you will “break” something. Sandbox accounts are free from Infusionsoft. My recommendation would be to sign up for one of these accounts to do your testing and experimenting. Once you are comfortable with your code, then you can start working on live data.