Getting Connected

Before you can start developing using Universal API, you must:

  1. Sign-up for credentials. See Getting Credentials for information on the two ways you can get credentials.
  2. Download the schemas and WSDLs. See Downloading WSDLs and Schema to get the a zip file of the latest release.
  3. Set up a Ping request to test your connectivity. See Testing Application Connectivity for details.

Connectivity and Security

Universal API is supported through an Internet connection. Internet connections must be secured via a Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol. The TLS protocol ensures privacy between communicating applications and their users on the Internet. TLS is the successor to the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

Universal API servers are secured, and access is granted only to the specific Web Services for which the client is licensed. Because Web Services formats and standards are not limited to use on the Internet, the same protocols apply to the message, regardless of the type of network connection.

See Security and Encryptionfor more details about transmitting secured data via Universal API.