Big Commerce

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BigCommerce is an e-commerce solution for small and medium businesses. With BigCommerce you can quickly and easily create an online store where you can sell products, process and ship orders, manage stock as well as customize the design of your store. BigCommerce offers a series of very attractive advantages for anyone who has an e-commerce store.

Benefits of using BigCommerce

  • Customer Service
  • Content Syndication
  • Online Marketing Apps
  • Stock and returns management
  • Fully adapted to mobile devices

As APPSeCONNECT is a Business Process Automation tool, this will allow you to develop and configure seamless integration between business applications. Therefore, application configuration is a fundamental activity prior to the process of integration. If your chosen application is Big Commerce, credentials need to be provided for validating the agent both in case of OP agent. Here you will find the detailed description on how to configure the agents for the application Big Commerce, troubleshooting issues, action and its filters.

Pre-requisites for Big Commerce Configuration

1) Create a developer account in Big Commerce with necessary credentials.
2) Click here to know the authentication and different APIs of the application along with their structures.
3) API Path, Username and API Token are required to configure the agent.

How to create API Account and retrieve API Path, Username and API Token

1) Log in to your Big Commerce application with valid credentials. From the dashboard, navigate to Settings -> API -> API accounts. From API accounts page, click on Create API account on the top right corner. bigcommerce_createaccount

2) Enter the Name and provide the necessary permissions by selecting read-only or modify. Click on Save and you will be provided with Client ID, Client Secret and API Token.

Keep a note of these credentials as these will be used in the agent configuration.

On-Premise Agent Configuration

Installation of On-Premise Agent

You need to install the agent on your local server. To Know about On-Premise Agent Configuration, Click here.

Configure the Big Commerce Application in OP Agent

1) Create a processflow with big commerce as source or destination application, and deploy the processflow in On-Premise agent.
2) Open the agent and click the checkbox in Settings Panel.
3) Move into the App Configurational Panel of the agent and configure the details of the respective application.

Steps to Configure the credentials in OP Agent

1) Open the OP Agent by providing correct credentials.
2) In the App Configurations panel of the agent, click on the + button, beside the application bigcommerce. The credential panel opens for the application bigcommerce. bigcommerce_opagent1

3) Enter API Path, Username and API Token at the required place. The API Path will be obtained while creating the API Account. bigcommerce_opagent2

4) Click on the “Validate” button, to validate the connection. A message “Test Connection Successful” will appear if all the credentials provided by you for bigcommerce is valid. After providing all the credentials, click “Save” button. A message “Connection Data Saved” will appear if the required credentials are provided by you for big commerce.

Following the above processes, you can configure the BigCommerce application in the OP agent.

Troubleshooting

ISSUE 1

Some of the basic troubleshooting issue happens due to improper validations or even if it is accurately validated but the processflows do not sync the data successfully. This basic issue resolves after removing the Temp and Cache files from the portal and from your system. Therefore, after clearing the Temp and Cache files, again deploy and execute your processflow.

For E.g. : If the Source Application Not Found appears in the log file, the probable cause is due to the presence of the Temp and Cache Files.

ISSUE 2

User validation may fail due to invaild API Path, Username and API Token. While validating the credentials in the agent, sometimes the validation fails due to improper API Path, Username and API Token. Check the credentials once again and re-Validate the credentials.

Attributes and Actions

While defining a connection to an API endpoint in BigCommerce, you require clear understanding about the data requirements and endpoint configurations. You can refer to this document to find all the endpoint details of your BigCommerce application. To define the endpoint in APPSeCONNECT you need Actions and Entities. Actions are specifically targeted for an endpoint while schema is the data needed to execute the API. Here, is the list of some of the pre-packaged API actions defined for you which you can easily plug and play while doing your integrations.

Endpoint Action Action Type Schema API Path
customers customers GET customers Customers
product product PUT product Inventory Update
order orders GET order Orders

Action Filter Implementation

Data is fetched from source application using APIs, and as you are aware of, API provides filters which will allow you to specify a subset of data from the whole bunch of data created in the server, the same can be specified through Actions and Action filters. The Action generally defines the endpoint of the application which is being fetched, while the filters define the search criteria of the data. You can add these parameters in the action filter to define the search criteria.

Let us consider the customer API of BigCommerce where your are going to fetch seevral such customers. Considering the customer API, use min_date_created as the key and ~{CreatedDate}~ as the value. Similarly, for action filter of other endpoints you should refer to the corrosponding API structure.

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