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How to connect Airtable and WordPress

Are you looking for a way to manage your WordPress content from Airtable? In this article we’ll take a look at some of the options available.

Airpress

Great for: Showing Airtable records on WordPress sites

This free plugin is available from the WordPress plugin repository, and allows you to connect your Airtable account. You can then easily embed the content within your posts using short-codes for displaying, formatting and looping through your base’s fields.

Data is cached, helpfully allowing you to reduce the impact of Airtable’s strict API rate limits. It can also be retrieved from multiple bases.

Perhaps one of the more powerful capabilities is the ability to create virtual posts for your records.You can map a URL pattern to an Airtable table, and when a request is made that matches Airpress will attempt to retrieve the record from Airtable.

You can specify a custom template page that is used to respond to requests if a matching record is found. If no record is found that matches the URL pattern, then a 404 ‘Not Found’ error is shown.

One potential issue with this plugin is its ongoing support. The plugin hasn’t been updated in almost 2 years, and hasn’t been officially tested with the latest 3 major versions of WordPress.

Posts on the support forums are also going unanswered – so while it may work today, it’s unclear what the future holds.

Zapier

Great for: Flexible workflows between WordPress and Airtable

One of the benefits of Zapier is the large number of integrations available. In this case, the integration with WordPress means that you can create some powerful workflows between Airtable and WordPress.

This includes doing things like copying comments made on your posts on WordPress into an Airtable base, or archiving your WordPress posts into a base.

Similarly, you could create WordPress posts for new records when they are added to Airtable views.

Integromat also offers similar functionality if you’re already using it, or would prefer to not use Zapier.

Of course one of the limits you’ll run into with this integration is the cost. It can quickly add up if you’re running lots of Zapier tasks – at the time of writing, you’ll need to start paying if you are triggering more than 100 tasks per month with plans ranging from $19.99USD to $599 USD per month, billed annually.

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Cloud

Integrating Gumroad and WordPress

Gumroad is one of the hottest new ways for creatives to sell their products and services online. And with WordPress being one of the most popular content management systems in the world right now, in this post we’ll explore how you can connect both systems together to offer paid products and services from your WordPress blog.

There are 3 ways in which you can connect Gumroad with your WordPress site:

  • Via the free, official Gumroad plugin
  • Using the HTML embed codes
  • Via a paid third-party WordPress plugin

Free, official Gumroad plugin

Free (WordPress Plugin Marketplace)

This is the easiest free way to connect Gumroad and your website. You simply install the free Gumroad plugin from the Plugins section of your WordPress administration site.

The plugin adds a Gutenberg block that can be used within your content.

Unfortunately that’s about as advanced as you can get when using the official plugin. There’s no support for syncing paying customers between Gumroad and WordPress for sites such as online courses or membership areas. For that you’ll need to use a third-party plugin.

HTML embed codes

Gumroad provides HTML code that you can manually insert on your product pages within WordPress.

You can choose from an overlay, where a customer performs the entire flow from within a modal window on your site or an embed which can redirect customers to the Gumroad site to complete the transaction.

To generate the code, simply open your product within the Gumroad website, click “Share” and copy and paste the code from either “Overlay” or “Embed” into your WordPress post.

3rd-party WordPress plugin

If you’re looking for something more advanced – perhaps to restrict your content & blog posts to paying customers – then you may want to turn to a premium third-party WordPress plugin.

ProductPress (paid, pricing starting at $39) is one of the more established products in this space, allowing you to setup sites for things like online courses and membership sites.

These plugins rely on the Gumroad API to integrate deeper into your WordPress installation – so make sure if you are using a third-party plugin that it’s legitimate and not going to compromise your customer data or Gumroad account.