Forge allows you to connect to various third party services, so that you can integrate the content of your pages with external apps. An example of this is the optin element available in the Advanced Elements extension, which allows you to capture email subscribers and send them directly to your preferred email marketing platform.
Creating New Connections
To connect to a third party service, you need to go to Forge > Connections. Here, you will find a list of all the connections you have created so far, as well as a button to add new connections.
When creating a connection, you will find that the required fields are different for each service. For example, MailChimp only requires an API key that can be retrieved from your account, while ActiveCampaign requires both an API key and a URL. All you need to do is follow the instructions for the specified service.
Using Your Connections
By themselves, connections don’t do anything. They are meant to be a simple way to connect to an external service and nothing more. To actually use a connection, you will need to use an extension or functionality that actually leverages the Forge Connections to provide something of value.
The most basic example is the optin element found in the Advanced Elements extension. This element has a setting that allows you to select one of your existing connections, and then any new subscribers will be automatically sent to your selected mailing list.