How to build business apps for your Xano back-end without code

How to build business apps for your Xano back-end without code

This tutorial will cover how to build the Custom CRM from scratch using a Xano back-end. The Custom CRM app will be built using Jet Admin, a no-code business app builder.

Jet Admin allows you to build custom business apps such as internal tools or client portals from your data sources: Xano, Supabase PostgreSQL, Firebase, 30+ others incredibly fast and without code.

Using Jet and Xano you can do the following:

  • Build applications: Admin panel, Internal tool, Customer portal, Dashboard, or 360 customer view (Single source of truth for your organization)
  • Sync and Blend Data your Xano data with 30+ data sources
  • Empower your Xano data with Formulas and SQL queries
  • Build Workflow or Automation on top of your database

Intro

This tutorial is for anyone who already has a Xano back-end or is building from scratch. I will show you what API endpoints need to be returned from Xano, but it’ll be up to you to construct those endpoints for your data in Xano.

What this tutorial will cover:

  • Set up your Xano backend
  • Connect and Sync Xano backend to Jet Admin
  • Build an App on Jet Admin: Filter Opportunities by Status, Owner, Estimated Value, Update the Opportunity Details, Visualize reports: Opportunities by status, Value Deals by Owner
  • Build Automation that will send notifications on Slack when the opportunity Status is changed

Step 1: Set up your Backend on Xano

Create Database for your app

Create a new Account on the Xano dashboard and create a new Database.

  1. Go to the Database tab from the left menu and click Add Table button. You can Add a Table from scratch or Import data using CSV or Airtable.
  2. Create a Table Name, add a Description, and Add basic CRUD endpoints to allow Xano to generate API endpoints for CRUD operations.
  3. Click Add Table

This tutorial will use Deals data that you can download and import to Xano.

Create APIs on top of your database

Once you have created a Database and filled in data, you should create APIs for your Database. There are two options to create Endpoints in Xano: use Default CRUD operations endpoints or create custom APIs endpoints.

  1. Use Default CRUD operations endpoints. Go to the API tab from the left menu and choose Default API Group and Copy API Group Base URL to your clipboard, and let’s head over to Jet Admin!

Create custom APIs endpoints.

To successfully create a custom API enpoint, mark all API endpoints: Specify the Description field for each API endpoint.

First, go to Add API Group and fill in Name, and Description. Next, click Add API endpoint.

Fill the Description field of the API endpoint you want to use in Jet Admin with the following content:

  • For Get record list API endpoint: Query all TABLE records
  • For Create record API endpoint: Add TABLE record
  • For Delete record API endpoint: Delete TABLE record
  • For Get one record API endpoint: Get TABLE record
  • For Update record API endpoint: Edit TABLE record

where TABLE is your Xano table name.

Only endpoints with the specified Descriptions will be imported to Jet Admin. For example, if APIs endpoint – Get record list of Deals, in the Description field: Query all deals records.

Step 2: Connect Xano to Jet Admin

Create a new Project in Jet Admin if you don't have one. Choose Xano as a Data Source that you would like to connect.

Copy API Group Base URL from Xano to Jet Admin

In case if you would like to protect API endpoints from unauthorized access, you can learn how to set it up in the video and get an Access token:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiUl1Z8WDXo

Copy Authorization token to Authorization header in Jet Admin.

Next, choose Data Sync, which allows you to do SQL queries, and blend and join data from 30+ data sources.

Step 3: Build an App on Jet Admin

Let's build Custom CRM using Jet Admin that allows everyone to track Opportunities: Value Deals, Deal Statuses, update Deals, and send Slack notifications when Deal data is changed.

3.1 Configure Data Types

Go to your Data (in the data section) that was successfully imported from Xano in previous steps and update Field Types to make your app look nice and polished.

3.2 Build Custom CRM UI

Create a new Page, drag-and-drop components to the canvas, and connect these components with your Data. Drag-and-drop UI components to the Canvas

Then fetch data from relevant collections in each UI component using the panel on the right.

Note that each type of UI component might require a different configuration. For reference, see the components section.

3.3 Enable filtering

Then select the Filter component and click "Bind", then choose the Kanban from the list - this will link the filter component and the kanban component so that any filter added will be applied to the kanban.

After this, add as many filters as you need - they all will have logical AND between them.

3.4 Add record updating

To be able to change various fields from our Opportunities collection (that is fetched through the Kanban UI component) we've already added a Form component.

Now we need to make this form update a record that we selected in the Kanban on the left. To do this, we'll need to:

a) Generate the form and

b) Bind our form to the Kanban

Now, connect the form to our Opportunities collection and set what the Form will do (Update a record):

Follow up with binding the Form and, finally, generating it.

Now, we're halfway through. The only thing left is to make our app send notifications when we adit the Opportunity.

Step 4: Build an Automation Workflow on Jet Admin

To configure the notifications in Slack, we'll need to create an Automation with data change in Opportunities collection as a trigger. You can find Automations in the left panel:

Then create a trigger and an action, as it's shown in this GIF:

Then withing the f Formula modal we can fetch dynamic values into our message and customize it using powerful Excel-like formulas

Here's an example of a message that informs about the Status change in the Opportunities collection

Share your app with teammates

Finally, go to Share -> Invite with Link (or use other invite options) to invite end-users and your team.

Thank you for reading! Jet Admin is a business app builder designed for individual entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMBs, and Enterprises to save a lot of time on building Internal Tools, Admin Panels, Dashboards, and External Portals.

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