Bringing Ideas to Life: Explore Make Com’s No-Code Platform for Streamlined Workflows
Make Com is a digital workplace where anyone can bring their ideas to life. Are you an entrepreneur who aspires to launch a tech-first business, a startup needing to save time and resources with automation, or even a global enterprise looking to manage your cloud applications and workflows from a single platform? Make’s visual platform lets you build anything you can imagine – from simple workflows to entire business processes.
Start by choosing your trigger, connect apps and tools in a unique drag-and-drop interface, and create basic or complex solutions using decision-based logic, with no coding experience needed. Need to share data or workflows across departments? No problem. With Make, you can remove technical silos by creating shared workspaces and designing your roles and projects to empower cross-functional workgroups between sales, marketing, HR, finance, and IT.
Still trying to figure out where to start? We’ve got you covered with thousands of templates to choose from. Makers can pick from the most common apps and build workflows in minutes. And guess what? Pricing starts from zero, meaning anyone from any team, business, or background can start building today.
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What is Make.com?
Make is a visual workflow builder that allows you to connect apps and services to automate tasks and workflows without coding. It has a simple drag-and-drop interface to design workflows between popular apps.
Connecting Apps in Make
One of Make’s strengths is its pre-built connections to many top apps and services. We can easily link tools like Slack, Gmail, Dropbox, Twitter, Stripe, and more. To add an app, search for it in Make and authorize the connection.
Building a Basic Workflow
Let’s build a simple workflow to automatically tweet new blog posts. First, we’ll add the RSS and Twitter modules. Then we can visually map an RSS feed to trigger the Twitter action to tweet new items.
Customizing the Workflow
We can customize our workflow further, like adding text before the tweet or linking to the blog post. Make enables this with no code required. We simply update the mapping between the modules.
Activating and Monitoring
Once we finish designing the workflow, we click Activate to turn it on. Make will now monitor this and execute it when triggered. We can view execution logs to monitor its activity.
Introduction and Fundamentals of Webhooks
In a scenario, more advanced concepts are covered in the subsequent lesson. Webhooks are wonderful, and if you’re watching this, you probably already know that. But if you don’t, here’s the simplest definition: A webhook, also known as a web callback, is a method that enables an app or web service to send real-time information to another application. The occurrence of an event triggers a webhook and sends over the data instantly.
Using Webhooks Effectively
Intake Command has a dedicated webhook module, but you may also use the webhook trigger module available for many different apps. All such modules are marked with an “instant” tag. In this article, I will take you through the process of setting up a custom webhook on Intake Command to receive data from an external source. Let’s dive in.
Setting Up a Custom Webhook
Here’s a simple scenario where the data received by this webhook is used to compose a string. The first step is to add a new webhook. You do this by clicking on the “Add” button and then entering the name for your webhook. Once you do that, you will see a unique webhook URL like this:
Triggering the Webhook
An IntegraMat will begin listening for data to determine the data structure of the webhook. At this point, you need to paste the webhook URL in a third-party app or service and send sample data to trigger the webhook. Keep in mind that unless you do that, you won’t have any items to map in the subsequent module. So click on “Read Determined,” sure to tell and take them out to begin listening for data again to trigger the webhook.
Using Postman for Testing
Let’s use Postman, an easy tool to create requests and test webhooks. The first thing to do is paste the webhook URL in this field. The next thing is to set the request method to “POST,” since the aim is to send data to this webhook. Finally, some key-value pairs that will contain the data you want to send. For this example, I’ll set “first_name” as a key and “Jennifer” as its value. Then let’s set “favorite_band” as a key and “Queen” as its value.
Data Processing with Webhook
Now I’ll click “Send” to make this request and pass the information to the webhook. Let’s check if this has triggered the webhook. As you can see, the webhook module has successfully determined the data structure of the request. This means that you can now use the data received by the webhook in subsequent modules.
Composing a String Using Webhook Data
Now if you look at the “Compose a String” module, the items or keys from the webhook are mappable, so you can compose a string using them. Let’s compose a string that says: “First name’s favorite band is favorite_band.”
Executing the Scenario
And now let’s execute the scenario once. As you can see, the scenario is now active, and the webhook is listening for new data. Now let’s go back to Postman and make the same request once again. And here we go, the scenario executed successfully. You can see the output on the “Compose a String” module that says: “Jennifer’s favorite band is Queen.” You can also see the key-value pairs if you look at the output of the webhook module.
Additional Points about Webhooks
That concludes this lesson on the introduction and fundamentals of webhooks. However, here are some points to keep in mind when working with webhooks:
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Introduction to Zapier Webhooks
Hey friends! If you’re watching this, you probably already know Zapier is the bomb.com for connecting your apps and automating workflows. But you may not know about Zapier’s awesome webhook feature. Let me break it down for you.
The Simplest Explanation
In short, a webhook is a way for an app or service to send real-time data to Zapier. When something happens in the app, it triggers the webhook which shoots that data over to Zapier instantly. Pretty nifty!
Using Webhooks in Zapier
Zapier has a Webhooks module you can add to any Zap. It will give you a unique URL to trigger the webhook and send data to that Zap. Let me walk through setting one up…
Creating a Webhook
First, I’ll add the Webhooks module and give it a name. Zapier generates a webhook URL for me. This is where I’ll send data from an outside app to trigger the webhook. But first…
Testing the Webhook
I need to test sending data to the webhook URL. For this, I’ll use Postman to make sample API calls. I paste my webhook URL, set the method to POST, and add some test data. Then I hit Send to trigger the webhook.
Working With the Webhook Data
When I check Zapier, the webhook was triggered and can now map that data! I can use it in other modules like formatting a string with the first name and favorite band.
And that’s the basics of using Zapier webhooks! They let you instantly send data to automate workflows. Pretty snazzy if you ask me. In the next topic, I’ll show some advanced webhook features. Catch ya later!
Make.com vs. Zapier
Make.com and Zapier are two of the top players in the no-code workflow automation space. They share some similarities but also have key differences:
- Both platforms offer pre-built connections to thousands of apps and services. However, Zapier has integrations with more niche and emerging tools while Make has deeper connections to major platforms like Slack, Salesforce, Microsoft, etc.
- The core approach is similar building workflows visually by linking triggers and actions between apps. But Make offers more customizable modules while Zapier provides more pre-packaged Zaps.
- Make.com includes functionality for building internal tools and logic in addition to external app automations. Zapier focuses solely on automations between external apps and services.
- Zapier has more extensive community support and pre-built templates. But Make claims to require less ongoing maintenance for automations.
- Make.com emphasizes improved usability and visual workflow building for non-developers. Zapier still targets a more tech-savvy audience.
- Pricing differs with Make offering unlimited workflows in paid plans while Zapier limits based on monthly tasks. Make’s pricing starts lower but scales higher.
For straightforward automations between apps, Zapier and Make are quite evenly matched. As needs become more complex, Make’s versatility and customization may suit high-end users better. But Zapier remains a top choice for non-developers getting started with simple workflow automation.
Make it Yours!
The possibilities are endless for automations you can build in Make. Use the pre-built app connectors and simple visual interface to streamline workflows for your business and productivity.
That concludes this intro tutorial on using Make.com for no-code workflow automation. Let me know if you have any other questions!
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Advanced Webhook Features
In the next lesson, you will learn how to make use of some advanced features when adding or editing a webhook. See you in the next lesson.
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