ActiveCampaign Webhooks

Overview

You can use webhooks in ActiveCampaign to send data back to your WordPress site using WP Fusion. Using webhooks you can create new users on your WordPress site based on automations in ActiveCampaign, or update existing users’ meta data and tags.

Having trouble receiving webhooks? Check out our troubleshooting guide.

There are two ways to manage webhooks in ActiveCampaign, either via an Automation or in the Developer Settings.

Automation Method

The automation method is best if you need to send a webhook to create or update a WordPress user as part of a specific process. For example:

  • Tag “Website Access” is added
  • Send webhook to create WordPress user
  • Send welcome email
  • Wait 3 days
  • Apply tag “Unlock Course Two”
  • Send webhook to update tags

Using a webhook in an automation lets you easily visualize the entire automation flow, and see where individual contacts are in the process.

To use webhooks in automations first create an automation and add a webhook to it, like in the example above. You have three options for the webhook, update, update_tags and add (explained below). For each you will need to supply your access key, which can be obtained from the main panel in your WP Fusion settings.

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When the contact reaches the webhook step in the automation ActiveCampain will notify WP Fusion to load the contact’s data from ActiveCampaign.

Developer Settings Method

You can also set up webhooks which are global to your account. This is best if you’re manually editing contact records in ActiveCampaign (outside of an automation) and need these changes synced to WordPress.

To set up a webhook navigate to Developer » Webhooks in your ActiveCampaign admin settings, and click Add to create a new webhook.

Under Type select the events that should trigger the webhook.

For Initialize From, select “By an admin user”, and save the webhook.

Keep in mind that, because these webhooks are global to your ActiveCampaign account, bulk editing contacts will trigger webhooks to be sent to your site for every edited contact, which may make your WordPress site temporarily unstable.

Webhook URL parameters

You can format your webhook URL in a few different ways to customize the behavior:

To update a user’s tags

To update an existing WordPress user’s tags from the contact record, the URL for the webhook should look like the following:

http://mydomain.com/?wpf_action=update_tags&access_key=YOURACCESSKEY

To update a user’s tags and meta data

To update a user’s tags and pull any new meta data from ActiveCampaign for that contact, the URL for the webhook should look like the following:

http://mydomain.com/?wpf_action=update&access_key=YOURACCESSKEY

Create a new user

To create a new user, use the following URL:

http://mydomain.com/?wpf_action=add&access_key=YOURACCESSKEY

You can also specify additional parameters in user creation. For example, to send the user a welcome email containing a link to log in on your site, use the following:

http://mydomain.com/?wpf_action=add&access_key=YOURACCESSKEY&send_notification=true

You can also specify a specific user role to be assigned to the new user. For example, to set the new user to the “customer” role, use the following:

http://mydomain.com/?wpf_action=add&access_key=YOURACCESSKEY&role=customer

Note that you have to have registered a “customer” role on your site for this to work. By default users will be assigned the role of “subscriber”.

The add method will update a user if an existing user already exists. It will not create a duplicate user.

Note: By default, user accounts will be created with their email address as the username and a randomly generated password. However, if you have created a custom username field and password field in your ActiveCampaign application, and enabled these fields in WP Fusion for sync with user_login and user_pass on your website, the new users will be given the usernames and passwords stored in their ActiveCampaign contact record.

User passwords

New user accounts will be created with an automatically generated password. If you’d like to use this password in your email marketing, you can send the password back to ActiveCampaign after it has been generated.

In the Webhooks section of the General settings tab, check the box for Return Password, and select a field in ActiveCampaign where the password should be stored.

After a new user is created, their automatically generated password will now be saved back to their contact record, and you can use a merge field to include it in an email. The username will be the contact’s email address.