let me preface this by saying I am by no way a professional. I’ve started doing Webflow for fun and am in the fortunate position that my company now gives me the possibility to actually create websites for our customers (we usually only do IT-support).
Now just recently there is a new customer, who wants me to make a new website for them. All in all it’s a small site and a simple project. However there is one catch, which makes me wonder, wether I can actually do it.
Said customer works in real estate and is using a software (called “estateOffice”), where they can input their estate objects which are then transmitted to several distributers like immowelt, immoscout and their website. Which from looking at their settings seems to be working by transmitting said objects to their ftp-server.
Now, currently they have a website with said function, where the objects are shown on their site. Unfortunatly I don’t know where their current site is hosted nor can I look at it’s full sourcecode, otherwise I might be able to figure out how to do it.
After trying to figure out, how I can manage to do that in webflow, I’m hoping on one of two things. First, it is possible via custom code to grab said data from the ftp server (the estate objects on the ftp server always have the same format, an standard estate format called OpenImmo, which basically is just an xml-table), and second that there is a way to do it via Zapier, that, whenever new objects are added to their ftp server, they are converted to webflow cms or something similiar.
That being said, besides webflows basic functions, I’m pretty new to everything. I’ve never used Zappier, nor do I know HTML, php or CSS.
Do you guys think what I want to do is possible? And if so, how? According to rules I’m not supposed to ask for recommendations for third-party plugins, but I just did some research on Zappier and was overwhelmed with all the apps you can connect via Zappier. Surly there’s gotta be one that can help me.
Then again, maybe I’m totally lost and am spouting nonsense. If so, I’m terribly sorry.
All in all I have one or multiple XML-tables on an FTP server and want to use that information on my website somewhat like Webflow CMS.
I haven’t started with the site yet, therefore I dont have an read-only link nor an published link. I can’t start working on with without being sure wether I can even realize my customers wishes.
If I’m in the wrong section or breaking some rules, I’m sorry, I didn’t inted to.
Would be awesome if you guys could give me some insight on what possiblities I have. I appreciate any help, since I really want to do the project.
If there are any more questions, please go ahead and ask them all. Since I’m also the IT-support for the customer I have some insight into their stuff. I will answer as quickly as possible.
Again, thanks for any attempt to help me.
All the best.
edit: I’d give more insight into the program estateOffice and the format OpenImmo, howeveras far as I’m aware they are both only used in Germany, Austria and other german-speaking countries and therefore most information on it is in german.
Here is their current website with an example of the desired function working: https://www.eurag.de/gewerbeangebot-kauf/kategorie/bueros-kanzleien-praxen/ort/fuerth/objekt/fue-innenstadt-bestlage-repraesentative-6-zi-einheit-eg-im-jugendstil-denkmal.html?&immotype=sell_office,sell_gastronomy,sell_production,sell_retail,sell_estate&kategoriefilter=bueros-kanzleien-praxen&ortfilter=fuerth&filter=!referenzen&sort=tstamp&reverse=1&perPage=10
Also sorry for any grammer mistakes and typos. Obviously english isn’t my first language.