The PrintNow API is available for Enterprise clients to consume. Changes are requested occasionally that require the PrintNow core team to extend the API. This service is in place to help our customers with any automation need.
An API or application programming interface allows businesses to expose their applications’ data and functionality to external third-party developers & business partners within their companies. API’s enable services and products to communicate and leverage each other’s data and functionality via a documented interface. Developers use the interface to communicate with other products and services. Most widespread web applications today would not be achievable without APIs.
An API is a collection of specified rules that define how computers or applications communicate with one another. APIs exist between an application and the web server, serving as a layer that processes data transfer between systems.
Here’s how an API works:
The data transfer will vary depending on the web service. Both the requests and responses all occur via an API. User interfaces are designed for use by humans, and APIs are designed for a computer or application.
APIs deliver security by design because their position as middleman enables the interaction of functions between two solutions—the API endpoint decouples the consuming application from the methods providing the service. API calls typically contain authorization credentials to lower the threat of cyber attacks on the server, and an API gateway can restrict access to limit security threats. Also, HTTP headers, cookies, or query string parameters deliver more protection layers to the data during the interaction.
You can utilize an application programming interface to facilitate the process, whether using current tools or designing renewed ones. Some of the primary benefits of APIs include the following:
APIs permit companies to grant access to their resources while preserving security and control. This has evolved to be a valuable part of everyday business. Here are some typical examples of implementations you may encounter using PrintNow:
Hourly rates range from $125 to $250 per hour, depending on the experience level of the developer/consultant and if it’s standard front-end development or requires back-end development that affects the core PrintNow code base.
The short answer is we offer both, but generally, customers are more comfortable with a per-project flat rate. Overall, the pricing structure you choose depends greatly on many variables and comes down to what makes the most sense for you.
Charging per hour
Charging an hourly rate is a better option in some scenarios. If the scope of work isn’t clear from the outset, we may recommend this approach. Or we may offer a service to properly define project details to help it move to a per-project flat-rate option. Per-hour pricing also works well for maintenance updates or long-term ongoing projects.
Charging a per-project flat rate
Charging a flat rate makes the most sense when the client brief is clear and structured, and we can predict how much work the project will entail. Some clients are more hesitant to agree to a flat rate. Presenting one flat rate before any work is done can make some clients nervous or cause sticker shock, prompting them to go elsewhere.
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