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Published on 01 September 2009

How to Set up JContact

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Setting up JContact to work in your Joomla is a several step process. To get the maximum benefit of the iContact API, you need to enable the JContact component in your iContact account and enter some settings into the JContact Joomla component.

Before you start, head to iContact and grab a free trial.

You'll also need to download a copy of the JContact component.

Once installed, you will need to configure the JContact main settings: Components > JContact > Main Settings.

To enable the component, change "Add Newly Registered Users" to yes and click save.

Main Jcontact Settings

You will then need to enable the component for the API in your iContact account. To do this you will see a link, highlighted below. First log into your iContact account and then click or browser to that URL.

Note that the API URL can be changed to work with the iContact dev sandbox should you wish. For now, just leave that URL as is.

The iContact API link

Once at iContact, you will need to give the application (i.e. JContact) a name, and make sure you are enabling it for the 2.0 API.. Remember your API username and password, the key and then click on the link to enable the AppId.

Registering the App at iContact

You can now go back to you settings screen and enter in the values from iContact for the username, password and Key.

Then click save!

Save the API settings in JContact

Once you have saved this information, you should be able to click on choose and a box will pop up with your iContact lists. If you get an error here, there is some sort of problem communicating with the iContact API, Check your passwords etc.

Choosing the iContact list

By default, all registered users will get added to your selected list. You can add a field that gives users the option of whether they want to sign up or not.

Optional Sign up field

At this point you should also create a registration email that will take the place of the core Joomla one.

The last step is to create a link to the special registration page.

JContact must use its own registration page to rather than the core Joomla one in order to work properly. You can create a menu item to the component as normal.

Creating a Joomla menu item

Note, that if someone happens upon your Joomla core registration page and uses that, they won't interact with iContact. Site visitors can possibly stumble across this from the login module/form. You might want to consider a template override to change that link, or an htaccess redirect.

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