API stands for Application Programming Interface, and the best way to describe it is with an example.
Example Scenario: Your business’s website has a form used to sign clients up for appointments. You want to give your clients the ability to automatically create a Google calendar event in your Google calendar with the details for that appointment.
API Use: The idea is to have your website’s hosting server talk directly to Google’s server with a request to create an event with the given details. Your server would then receive Google’s response, process it, and send back relevant information to the browser, such as a confirmation message to the user. APIs allow your users to complete the action without leaving your website.
Almost every large business has APIs that its customers can use to make their websites and web apps more user friendly. Everything from social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, to financial, such as QuickBooks and PayPal, has APIs to help you, your users, and employees lives and work so much easier, all from your website and from anywhere you have an internet connection.
The possibilities really are endless, and Zaxxiss can help you figure out which ones can help make your business run more efficiently and smoothly.