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What is a Webhook? Webhook is a callback technology in which an argument sent by a server-side application is transmitted to the client-side application. Webhooks are commonly generated as a result of a function performed on the server-side.
Through webhook, a server-side application can alter the state and behavior of a client-side web page or web application.
Webhook examples include push notifications that pop-up as a result of some user activity. When a user comments on a company's website or blog post, a webhook callback is generated in response. This custom callback makes notification on the client-side and notifies the administrator regarding activity on the blog. This saves time and also uses lesser resources as compared to the conventional method of manually checking operation after a specific passage of time.
Webhooks are automatic; therefore, users can configure them to be triggered as soon as an individual action is performed on a particular part of the website. When such action occurs, webhooks generate a reaction that is automatically executed as a response to the first action.
In the past, there was no setup for automating these reactions. The client-side applications had to check for updates and activity after a specific period manually. This was a waste of valuable resources and extremely time-consuming.
Moreover, the efficiency of this resource-hungry effort was minimal.
Webhooks are the reactions that are triggered in response to an event. When an event doesn't occur, the attached webhook isn't initiated. Server-side applications only generate a callback in response to an event.
Through webhook integration into server-side applications, push notifications have been made possible. They pop up instantly and notify the client-side application about an event that has occurred. Users don't have to wait for manual check-ups.
Webhooks are also termed as 'reverse APIs' because through webhooks, server-side applications call onto client-side applications.
As opposed to APIs, webhook being a reverse-API, keeps a log of client-side application URLs. These URLs are used by server-side applications to 'call' client-side applications and 'tell' them about activities.
Webhooks are instantaneous. They are generally kept light-weight. This improves their reliability and speed of transmission. In layman's terms, webhooks are merely pings to the client-side to wake up and acknowledge the activity that has occurred.
Many times, the reaction involves payload. The webhook does not deliver this payload because that causes a considerable increase in size. For scalability, webhooks must be kept light-weight. Hence, the payload is managed manually by the client-side, and the webhook only notifies about it.
By integrating webhooks with LeadsBridge, users can create custom HTTP callbacks in response to specific events. By webhook integration, users can automate reactions to occur instantly in response to actions performed on the server-side. Moreover, callbacks can also be created for applications that don't support webhooks by default. This widens the user's workflow and increases productivity.
Webhooks is resource-friendly. Server-side applications send a call only when some event takes place. This minimizes the wastage of time that takes place in manual check-ups.
Users get instant notifications of activity on their domains and websites. This ensures a convenient and user-friendly experience.
Webhooks are very light-weight; therefore, the server doesn't have to dedicate valuable resources to them. Due to their light-weight, they can be transmitted at lightning-fast speeds.
Webhooks are engineered using technology found in APIs. APIs formulate communication from users to servers. However, webhooks are the exact opposite. They take server-side queries and communicate them to the user.
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