Webhooks not being received by WP Fusion

There are some situations in which WP Fusion doesn’t receive webhooks properly. Here are some troubleshooting steps if you’re having difficulties receiving incoming webhooks:

Use the built-in testing tool

WP Fusion now includes a built-in utility for testing your site’s ability to receive incoming webhooks.

Click the Test Webhooks button and a couple of seconds later you’ll see the response. If you get a green Success message you should be good to go.

Security Plugins

Security software running on your site or server can block incoming webhooks. This is the most common issue people have with webhooks. If the testing tool returns a 403 or Unauthorized message then this is likely the case.

Note that it’s also possible for the testing tool to show that webhooks are working, but for incoming webhooks to still be blocked from your CRM. This is because the webhooks are coming from different IP addresses.

First try temporarily disabling any security plugins to see if the webhooks begin working. If that fixes it, you’ll need to tweak your security settings to allow incoming POST data from your CRM’s IP address.

If you view the access logs in your security plugin, you should see the incoming webhook requests that are getting blocked, and this will show the IP address of the originating server. If you whitelist this IP address it will allow the webhooks to go through.

If that doesn’t work, it’s also possible that your hosting company is blocking the webhooks for security reasons. You can contact your host, or look at your host’s security logs, to see if any traffic is being blocked. If so, they should be able to create an exception for you by modifying their security rules.

WordFence

We’ve observed some success by putting WordFence into “Learning Mode” while testing incoming webhooks. This trains WordFence to recognize the incoming web traffic as legitimate.

iThemes Security

iThemes Security can block incoming webhooks for a variety of reasons. We’ve had success by disabling the Enable HackRepair.com’s ban list feature option in the iThemes settings.

Cloudflare

If you’re using Cloudflare, make sure that you create a firewall exception for incoming traffic from your CRM’s IP address. You can also create a firewall rule to bypass the firewall for all requests that contain wpf_action in the URL.

Known IP Addresses

These are the webhook IP addresses of some of the CRMs we support. If your site is blocking incoming webhooks, then a good start would be to whitelist their IP address.

This list is based on our own tests and there may be additional IP addresses that aren’t listed here. Some platforms add new IPs and/or change them over time, so we can’t provide any guarantees as to the accuracy of this list.

ActiveCampaign

23.20.225.34
34.192.144.26
52.45.183.46
52.55.227.5
52.7.228.32
173.193.9.0/24
34.226.103.188
34.205.102.133
34.233.54.78

AgileCRM

107.178.[200-255].[0-255]

Drip

54.81.10.128

Infusionsoft

208.76.24.[0-255]

Intercom

4.231.68.152
34.197.76.213
35.171.78.91
35.169.138.21
52.70.27.159
52.44.63.161

MailChimp

104.196.165.118
35.190.191.63

Ontraport

209.170.211.168

Logging

If webhooks are coming in but data is missing, you can see what data is being received by enabling WP Fusion’s activity logs.

Go to Settings >> WP Fusion >> Advanced, and checking the box “Enable Logging”. Then try and send a webhook from your CRM to see what tags and data are being loaded.

An incoming webhook recorded in WP Fusion’s logs

Double check your URLs

When you add the webhook URL to your site to your CRM, make sure the base URL matches your site’s home page exactly.

  • If your site is at https://mysite.com, then sending a webhook to http://mysite.com won’t work.
  • If your site is at https://www.mysite.com, then sending a webhook to https://mysite.com won’t work.

If you’re not sure you can visit the home page of your site and copy / paste the URL out of your browser into your CRM.

Making sure the automation is working correctly

If you’re sending the webhook as part of a complex automation in your CRM, it might help to make sure the webhook is actually being sent in the first place. You can use a third party service for this, like https://webhook.site/.

This will give you a unique URL, like https://webhook.site/#/bd662d92-fb16-4431-ae79-f566943b0f9e, which you can paste into the URL field for the webhook in your CRM.

Send a contact through the automation or rule, and you should see a message appear on webhook.site showing the incoming data. If this works then you know the webhooks are being sent correctly.

If no message appears then your automation may have an issue that’s preventing the webhook from being sent.

Manual testing

You can also test a webhook manually by visiting the webhook URL in your browser. This will be the same URL you used when setting up the webhook in your CRM, and you can select a contact ID to use for testing. For example

http://mysite.com/?wpf_action=update&access_key=ACCESSKEY&contact_id=CID

Replace ACCESSKEY with your access key from the settings, and CID with a contact ID you’d like to use to test. You should see a success message showing that the user was updated. If there were any errors, they’ll be reported there as well.

The Async Method

If you’re sending many webhooks simultaneously (100+) it’s possible your web server is unable to process them in time and runs out of available resources. To prevent this, you can try WP Fusion’s (experimental) asynchronous method for processing webhooks.

To enable this, append &async=true to the end of your webhook URL. For example:

http://mysite.com/?wpf_action=update&access_key=ACCESSKEY&contact_id=CID&async=true

This will tell WP Fusion to put the incoming webhooks in a queue, and work through them over a period of time, taking into account your server’s available resources.

This feature is still experimental while we receive feedback, so if you encounter any unexpected behavior please let us know.

Webhook performance

How fast WP Fusion processes webhooks will depend a lot on your server’s speed and available resources, as well as the responsiveness of your CRM’s API. The number of “linked” courses or memberships can also affect how fast the webhooks are processed.

Here’s an example of the different webhook methods and the time they took to complete on a WP Engine membership site connected to ActiveCampaign:

  • ?wpf_action=add: 5.37 seconds (including generating a password and syncing it back to AC)
  • ?wpf_action=update: 3.84 seconds
  • ?wpf_action=update_tags: 3.06 seconds
  • ?wpf_action=add&async=true: 2.06 seconds (including generating a password and syncing it back to AC)

If you have issues with webhooks not processing quickly, try using update_tags instead of update, or using the async method.

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