A POST request, in simple terms, is a way for you to send data to a destination with the help of the internet.
Despite the capitalization, “POST” is not an acronym, so it doesn’t stand for anything. But an easy way to understand the POST method is by thinking of it as “POSTing” data to a destination.
HTTP request methods can get very complicated, but we’ll try to keep things simple for the sake of clarity.
HTTP request methods (often called HTTP verbs) are kind of like actions which you can tell an API to do.
This makes more sense if you imagine the API as a waiter in a restaurant.
If the user is a customer, and the server is the kitchen, then some sort of link has to exist for the two to communicate.
The link that makes this communication possible is the waiter — or the API.
If you’re satisfied with your meal and want to give your compliments to the chef, you need to tell the waiter so he can go to the kitchen and tell the chef.
What’s happening here is very similar to what happens when a POST request is being performed.
When you tell the API that you want to send information, you send a POST request to the server. After it processes your request, the server gets your information and processes it as intended.
For a more technical definition of POST requests, click here.
Currently, you can perform 2 HTTP request methods on Apipheny — GET and POST. You can use a mix of both to do your daily tasks, but it really depends on what you want to happen.
Here are a few examples of why you might want to perform a POST request:
I could list countless examples of POST requests, but even with just 6 examples, it’s easy to notice the pattern.
Anytime you want to send information for whatever purpose, you use the POST request to send it to the destination.
In the video below, Co-Founder, Nate, demonstrates how you can perform a POST request with Apipheny’s easy-to-use interface.
Nate starts performing a POST request at 1:52.
He does 2 separate tests:
One where he inputs personal information.
And another where he inputs login credentials.
The way his requests are setup tells Apipheny that he wants to send (or POST) data to the API destination.
Once he clicks “Run”, Apipheny processes the request. And after a few seconds, if the request goes through, the API returns a “Success” prompt.
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