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Way for external systems/people to check Membership Status of our members

How would I create a way for individuals to check a member's status either by their name or membership number? I would not want these people to have access to any other information other than the actual members name, membership number and status.

For example

To check a member's status - complete the follow fields

First name ___________________ Last Name _______________________

or

Membership Number: ____________________________

Submit

example return

member: John Smith

Number: 273837383

Status: Active

Is there currently a way to do this?

thanks for your time and attention!!

David

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    David B.David B. shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

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      • Evgeny aka Apricot KernelAdminEvgeny aka Apricot Kernel (Product Manager, Wild Apricot) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        You can look into http://help.wildapricot.com/display/DOC/Contacts+API+call

        Though you cannot directly use API calls - this not secure, API key cannot be used in publicly available Javascript code. So, you will have to have your own web server somewhere.

        In this case we're speaking about the following setup:
        * - your web server can accept calls with the parameter of Member ID or Names.
        - the server runs server-side code to call Wild Apricot API with your own API key. The key is not available to anyone
        - the call result will be what you need (member status)
        * - on your regular WA website you place JS code, which collects the form data (member ID, etc.) and redirects them to your web server. The result of the requests you dislpay on the same page using JS code.
        *

        * This is complicated solution and expensive (requires your web server where you can run server-side code).
        *

        * Anything else will require from our team development of the special gadget to check member status.

      • Dmitry ButerinDmitry Buterin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Sorry, this is not as small as it might look like - to launch even the smallest API like this we need to think through and develop proper underlying infrastructure: access control, scalability etc. So it will have to wait until we are ready to move on API - which is quite high up on our priority list.

      • CarlEdCarlEd commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes, I understand it's "not on your roadmap" but my point is that it's a very quick fix/easy win situation that you could implement. Hell, use me as a beta tester if you like, I'm happy to plug in to a simple API that you guys could write very quickly. Just telling people "it's not in our plans at present" isn't really helping.

      • CarlEdCarlEd commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'd like to add that the lack of API is the biggest stumbling block in your entire system. I understand the security concerns and I understand that you are making other changes, but as a .net programmer myself I know how hugely simple it would be to simply expose a member record - or even PARTS of a member record - via a very simple API.

        It only has to be read only, no writing required for 95% of people, I'm sure. Writing will be useful in future, but for now... All it needs is a simple api location, standard username/password interface and a couple of methods for retrieval - either directly via member ID of by first/last name or via email address.

        Conservatively I could implement that in about 3 hours work with testing so I'm not entirely sure why you guys who are at least 10 times better than me cannot get this sorted. This would open your system up to so many more people and you'd get a huge user uptake on this feature alone. It's highly frustrating to see such a simple trick being missed for such a long time...

      • Dmitry ButerinDmitry Buterin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There is no such functionality now - but I can see how it can be useful. Let's see what other users say.

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