Andy demonstrates how easy it is to set up PCA Predict validation on a website form [VIDEO]

The new PCA Predict tag and setup process was designed with ease of install and usability in mind. In this video-walkthrough, Andy from our support team takes us through step-by-step to demonstrate just how simple it is.

Spoiler alert: you can deploy our address validation service on your website in less than 4 minutes!

More details about the new, easy setup can be found in our FAQs and Setup Guide.

Video transcript:

Hi, my name’s Andy – I’m one of the PCA Predict Technical Support Consultants.

I’m here today to show you how quick and easy it is to set up our data validation services on your website forms. Providing you have an account with us and this is the first time you’re logging in, you’ll see this screen here with a nice big green ‘setup’ button to get you started.

If it’s not the first time you’ve logged in, and you want to set up a new service, you’d have that new service link there and it will take you through to a similar screen.

I’ll get started… let’s just hit setup. Now, the first thing the setup asks for is your URL for your website. It does require for your URL to be publically available, so we need a location to actually deploy our services to.

For anyone with local development environments, you will have to host that to get that working; if this doesn’t mean anything to you, don’t worry, just pass that on to your developers.

So, in this case I’m just going to copy and paste my URL. This is the website that I’m going to use as a test. If I just place that in there, this is the URL for my test bed. And I’m just going to click ‘next’. If you have any problems at this point, you can just click this option here for a live chat service where you can speak to myself or one of my colleagues.

Click ‘Next’, now we need to install the PCA tag. This is just a little snippet of Javascript which records our services within your web page. So, if I copy that… in this case I’m just going to use Notepad. It’s important to place this just above the closing header record. If this doesn’t mean anything to you, don’t worry – you can just send this through to your developers or actually get in touch with us and we can point you in the right direction. And if you use anything like Google Tag Manager or CMS that’s absolutely fine as well. This works with those kind of management systems.

So, I am going to paste in the tag, …there we go, and we’ll assume from that point that I have saved and uploaded this onto my server so that we can actually access the live site. I have actually already done so. So, that should be ready, the tag should be on my site and ready to launch my setup.

Hit ‘Launch Setup’ and hopefully the tag should be identified. Wonderful – so, the tag has been found on your site and we can continue with the setup. So, let’s go!

So, you can see, we have your site here, or in this case my test bed. We also have, on the right hand side, the PCA setup panel, so this is our attempt at identifying and mapping your forms for you. So here we have a good go at that.
You can see in here as well we have other services (not just address validation), that can be deployed in this way, but that’s all we’re going to cover in this tutorial.

So, I’ll give it a try and see how accurate the tag might be using our office address. PCA Predict… wonderful!

And we can see it actually populates nicely as well. I’ve got all the details in there, so that’s it.
If I’m happy with that I can just go down here and click ‘Save’.

You can, as well, if you want, configure and do any sort of fine tweaking if it’s not quite right and if you need to we also have this live chat feature here as well.

I can give it a try on my web page now, if I hit refresh that should validate an address for me, so again, let’s try the office postcode. And that looks fine, wonderful!

So that’s it. That’s the setup in a nutshell. Obviously, if you have any queries or problems, you can get in contact with either myself or one of my colleagues in technical support and we’ll be happy to help. Thank you very much.