by Spencer Nguyen • May 23, 2022
A key part of the API ecosystem, API portals are critically important to enable companies to make the most of APIs, or Application Programming Interfaces. In this post, we’ll detail API portals and their uses and functionality, as well as the new API economy and how you can get started optimizing APIs.
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An API portal is a bridge between the API provider and the API consumer. This bridge works to provide key information at each stage of the API’s lifecycle.
In other words, API portals are places where developers can go to access a company’s API. You can think of an API portal like the App store or any other application marketplace – a place where users can go to download and use apps.
API portals allow companies to share information and data in real-time across cloud and mobile apps. When APIs are exposed to the developer community, they help unlock access to new customers and create new revenue streams.
The portals are key to enabling API providers to:
API portals allow API consumers to:
API portals empower user interfaces to perform the following operations:
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Developer portals are sites that are used strictly by developers in order to access and organize technical information used to configure and manage APIs they use.
Key devportal features include:
The key difference between devportals and API portals is that API portals are built for non-developers, and developer portals are typically only used by devops teams.
The benefits of a good API portal include:
API portals enable users to set everything up in one place and streamline the workflow — from onboarding and authentication to API documentation. With an API portal, there’s one place where everything is set up to boost adoption rates and API usage.
Even better, you don’t have to have technical skills to use API portals; they can be used by anyone. This is perfect for growing your user base.
This inpouring of new users allows you to boost your business value and increase your API products’ return on investment.
As you’ve probably gathered by now, API portals dramatically decrease the barrier to entry for non-technical stakeholders, allowing them to use and interact with API products, which facilitates more effective collaboration.
This diversity throughout the ecosystem helps companies and API providers leverage the expertise of specialists across different fields, which brings unique perspectives and ideas into all stages of application development.
It’s important to continually monitor your API strategy’s effectiveness. In fact, new research found significant differences between good APIs and unsuccessful APIs based on how integral their API success metrics were to them. Some key metrics you can accurately monitor with an API portal include:
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Here are some best practices to keep in mind when building a good API portal:
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