What is an API portal?
Think of an API portal is an interactive digital brochure and window into your business. It helps you package and manage your APIs as products and streamlines the process to onboard, engage, and empower developers to use your APIs.
With an API portal, your customers will be able to register applications, reset credentials, share and interact with API documentation, provide feedback, and get information on every stage of your API’s lifecycle.
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AMPLIFY API Portal
The self-service AMPLIFY API Portal, part of Axway’s AMPLIFY API Management solution, is layered on both AMPLIFY API Manager and API Gateway. As an application developer, you can browse, consume, build, and test APIs for your application and access several channels (including FAQs, forums, and blogs) that provide helpful information and let you connect with other developers.
API Portal features for both internal and external application developers and API administrators include:
- Self-registration and profile management
- Browsing and testing APIs in API Catalog
- Creating and managing applications
- Monitoring API Usage
- Blog and discussion forums
For a more in-depth look at how API portals work, watch this helpful walkthrough video through the eyes of a healthcare developer and see how easy it is to access APIs, build mobile apps, and more.
Full lifecycle API Management
The complete API Management lifecycle spans four stages: create, control, consume, and analyze. API portals are part of the consume phase, which we will dive into a little more here, but you can click to read more about the API Lifecycle Management approach.
There are four steps in the consume phase — publish, discover, invoke, and monetize — and API portals play a key role in in the first three.
The first thing you’ll want to do is publish your APIs via an API Catalog. From there you can easily publish them into your API developer portal for easy access and set whether they are a private, partner, or public.
In the discover step, developers can use your self-service API portal to connect 24/7 and access the documentation and support they need. Plus, you can easily offer a “try it now” option since most developers prefer to test APIs first.
Finally, we have invoke, which allows executing API operations. Another way to increase API usage and accelerate your mobile app development is to offer out-of-the-box MBaaS services to be invoked from your API portal.
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