What is an API? Well, an API (Application Programming Interface) is “…A set of subroutine definitions, protocols, and tools for building application software. In general terms, it is a set of clearly defined methods of communication between various software components.” Basically it’s a connector, just as humans interact with software using a User Interface (UI), machines use an API. API integration allows two applications to “talk” to each other (via their APIs) without any human interference!
High-performing businesses keep data in sync, enhance productivity, and drive revenue using API integration. QuickSilver’s integrated API connects your CMS (Content Management System) with your translation service, to provide seamless data flow between your webmaster and your live translated sites.
In other words, you can order, send, and receive translations direct from your CMS. Deliver your content to your Account Manager with a click: no lost files, no human errors, and full transparency. There is also option to have automatic updates: this means that when your Webmaster updates some text on your website, your API will “see” that some new copy has been added, notify your Account Manager, who will then arrange the translation. Once completed, the API will insert the translated update into the correct page on, say, your French website.
How to set up API integration
You can give us your specifications and we will design and provide a customised API that connects with your existing CMS. Alternatively, if you are already building a CMS, we can advise on expedient specifications for smooth integration.
An API is ideal for SEO and local SEO optimisation: Regional sites can have their own domain, multiplying online presence. Customise keyword parameters can track which languages are successful, to help you build a global strategy.
Your API will update translations automatically, so if you choose, you can add content… and then take the day off!
This option offers extra savings (as well as convenience) for frequently updated sites. Your API will also integrate with your Translation Memory and Glossary, enabling you to benefit from additional savings on repetitions.