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Using a dynamic key in POST request - possible? (Updating Sportspress event in Wordpress)

  • 5 December 2023
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Hey folks, hope you’re doing well! Been stepping up my Zapier automation game lately and been working on a project that essentially triggers when a spreadsheet is updated with sports event scores and automatically updates a Sportspress event hosted on a Wordpress website.

 

I’m so close I can almost taste it!

 

Everything works well until I need to make a dynamic reference to the two teams participating in the games. Essentially I am using a POST request through Zapier App Extensions and I can get everything to update as desired when I have hardcoded team ID numbers. But when I try to reference these variables {{home_id}} and {{away_id}} it seems to read these characters literally instead of recognizing that it should be a variable.

 

If I use the actual IDs of these teams, everything works as intended. The challenge presents itself when I try to use these variables as it’s reading the variables literally.

 

I’m attaching some screenshots so you can take a peek and if more information is required I will edit this post accordingly. Any insight into this would be appreciated! I’ve spent a couple days working on this specific project so far and prepared to spend many more, but I seem to be hitting a roadblock with this variable referencing issue and can’t find many tutorials that are specific enough to this issue that would be helpful. If anyone knows of some valuable resources where I can learn more about this I would really appreciate that too!

 

 

Here’s the full pasted data as well for the Zapier output if it’s helpful.

 

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data

results

0

goals

Final

{{home_id}}

goals

987

outcome

1

Win

{{away_id}}

goals

654

outcome

1

Loss

response

status

200

headers

body

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Best answer by Troy Tessalone 5 December 2023, 21:30

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Hi @mhallet 

Good question.

Perhaps try this Zap action: WordPress - API Request

Similar to the App Extension, but gives you a bit more control to configure.

 

Thanks! I was able to make it work with your recommendation. I appreciate your quick and accurate response!