Today, Nintex released the Nintex Workflow Platform Preview for SharePoint 2013. To give you an impression how totally awesome this is, I’ve created this short tutorial. I hope you’ll like it.
(“Like”… Understand? Pun intended. Har har.)
In our example we want to automatically create a link to new blog posts in our Facebook timeline.
(You could also create the whole blog post via Nintex Workflow, but I’ll leave it out to give an easier example.)
Step 1 – Create a public website on Office 365
- Go to Apps for SharePoint and Office > Sign up for an Office 365 Developer Site
- Wait a few seconds.
- Done. A public website has automatically been created for you, incl. blog etc. (You can find it via “Admin > SharePoint” or the “Sites” button in the blue bar on the top.)
Step 2 – Download and configure Nintex
- In your new public website, click on the “Settings” icon in the upper right corner and select “Add an app”.
- In the search field, type “Nintex”. Notice the bold blue hint “Check out the 1 result in the SharePoint Store.” on the bottom of the page. Click it.
- In the SharePoint Store, click on the preview icon that says “Nintex Workflow Platform Preview”
- Click on “Add it” – it’s free…
- The Nintex app is now available for all of your Office 365 SharePoint websites. Yeah!
- You can control the app via Admin > SharePoint > Apps > Manage Licenses
- Now on the website where you want to use Nintex, click on “Add an app” again. Do you trust Nintex? I do!
- Now the Nintex app is ready to use. Enjoy!
Step 3 – Create a workflow
- To open the list where the blog posts are located, go to your public website, sign in, open the blog and click on “Manage Posts” in the menu on the right.
- In the ribbon, click on the “Lists” tab and then on “Nintex Workflow”
- The HTML5 based Nintex Workflow Designer will be started
- In the “Workflow Settings” give the thing a nice name and select the start option “Start on create”
- From the workflow actions pane on the left, select “Facebook wall post” and drag it onto the stage
- Double click the work flow action and enter the credentials for your Facebook account. The “Authorizing user” will get a one time e-mail where he has to grant access to the Facebook profile. The rest is self explanatory.
- Publish the workflow. Create a new blog post. Publish the blog post.
- After the first run of the workflow, you will receive an e-mail that asks you for authorization. Please authorize.
- Now you will see the message appear on Facebook: