Zapier Tips for Web Developers

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Back in 2016 we shared a Zapier 101 post to help you get to grips with the productivity service that helps to automate business tasks and boost efficiency in the workplace, whether you work as part of a busy team or run your own solo business.

Today we’re going to zoom in on how Zapier can help web designers and developers with their day to day tasks, but first let’s take things back to basics and refresh your memory if you aren’t too sure what Zapier is:

So, what exactly is Zapier?

Described as ‘easy automation for busy people’, Zapier allows you to integrate, automate and innovate with the apps you use to run your business. You can link your most used web apps with just a few clicks to allow them to share data, set up Zaps (more on these later!) to pass information between your apps, and build processes that will allow you to work more quickly and effectively.

Simply put, if you want to get more out of the apps you love and access their data in one handy dashboard, Zapier might just be your new best friend.

How do I join?

It’s easy. Head over to zapier.com and sign up! It’ll take you less than a minute and sign up is free. You do have the option of a paid account but Zapier are passionate that their product should remain free forever, so they offer a personal package that’s totally, 100% free – always. The free service allows you to use five Zaps at once, set up two-step Zaps and get help from their customer support team. If you’re looking to use Zapier for personal projects, this is the ideal package.

For those who want a more intensive package, the Work plan comes in at $20/month and is a great choice for small business owners. It gives you access to 20+ Zaps, lets you set up Zaps with 3+ steps, gives you access to priority support and 500+ apps, as well as the option to have one month free if you pay annually.

Finally, there’s the Team plan, which is the ideal choice for those who want to collaborate with a large internal team. This comes in at $100/month and allows you to share Zaps with your teammates, classify personal and team Zaps and also control who can edit your Zaps.

Now we’ve refreshed your memory about how Zapier can help you and how you can sign up, let’s move onto some top Zapier tips for web developers:

Zapier Tips for Web Developers

1. Monitor Site Downtime

It’s always imperative that you’re made aware of any issues with sites you maintain the moment they arise. The Pingdom to Campfire Zap will post a notification in your Campfire room whenever there’s a Pingdom alert about downtime on one of your sites, allowing you to implement a fix as soon as possible.

2. Send GitHub Mentions to Slack

If you use Slack for your team chat software then this is one that’s going to come in very handy. Rather than having to have tens of windows open at once (putting your productivity at risk!) just set up this Zap and any GitHub mentions will be pulled through to your chosen Slack channel.

3. Add New GitHub Issues to Asana

Rather than having to take time to manually add new GitHub issues to Asana, this Zap will automatically set up Asana tasks for any new GitHub issues raised for you.

4. Create GitHub Issues from Slack 

This Zap allows you to turn Slack into a command centre. Simply add the issue to your chosen Slack channel or message and you’ll find it ready and waiting for you in GitHub when it’s time to tackle it.

5. Email Alert for GitHub Commits

A particularly handy one for those who work as part of a remote team, this Zap keeps everybody up to date by sending your whole team an email whenever new commits happen, so there’s no confusion as to what has and hasn’t taken place, and no risk of anybody being left in the dark.

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Are you going to try any of these Zaps to boost your productivity and make your working day more streamlined? We’d love to know how you get on so don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

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