Welcome to our ultimate video guide on building a custom CRM app. This video series will cover some of the basic and intermediate functionalities within the Caspio platform.
Part 2 will teach you how to develop database tables and create a relationship between them.
Once you set up a 14-day free trial and log inside your Caspio account, it’s really easy to begin building an application.
We encourage you to follow along with the video and see if you can recreate this app. You’re going to learn how to use the platform with its point-and-click interface to build out different functionalities and workflows.
To get started, all you have to do is click the New App link on top.
You’ll then have two ways on how to begin:
Click the second option to Start with a blank app, then input your App name by typing in Simple CRM Application Demo before clicking Finish. A new container for this app will now be listed on your Home page. Note that you can’t have the same application listed twice with the same name.
Next step is to Open the application.
Notice the different objects on the left-hand side of the resulting screen, you’re going to use some of them to create this custom CRM app. Now, the very first object that’s highlighted by default is the Overview tab.
This screen is mostly informational for you to add notes and keep track of progress. Once you’re done exploring this screen, click the Tables object on the left-hand panel.
The Tables tab is the most important place you need to begin when starting from a blank app. Aside from containing data, these tables are the foundation of any application you build inside your account.
This simple CRM app is only going to have three tables:
TABLE 1: SCRM_tbl_staff
Click the New Table link on top to start building your first table, which will hold staff information. Next, add the following fields under Name with their corresponding DataType:
Once you’re done inputting all your fields, go ahead and hit Save. Then name this table SCRM_tbl_staff — SCRM being an abbreviation for a Simple Customer Relationship Management. Note that it’s best to include an abbreviation of your app name when naming your tables. It will be much easier to find a table that way when it (or the entire app) is exported.
Click Finish once you’re done, and you’ll see your very first table inside your account.
TABLE 2: SCRM_stage_lookup
Click the New Table link on top to build your second table. This is going to be a simple lookup table with only two fields:
When you’re done; click Save, name this table SCRM_stage_lookup, and click Finish.
But before you continue with the third table, Open this table’s container and quickly add some sample data:
While businesses might have different stages depending on their sales funnel and workflow, these are the ones that you’ll use for this application.
TABLE 3: SCRM_tbl_contact_info
The last table you’ll be building is going to have 20 fields in total. The information you’ll be saving here will be from your leads or contacts. Click the New Table link on top to start filling in the following fields:
What you’re trying to accomplish with the last field, which is Assigned_to_by_Staff_ID, is to link each contact to the respective staff member. The next section will go over how to create table relationships to achieve that outcome.
When you’re done; click Save, name this table SCRM_tbl_contact_info, and click Finish.
Now that you’ve built the primary foundation for all the forms and reports you’re going to create, the next thing you should do is to quickly establish a relationship between the staff table and the contact table.
In the screen showing you your list of Tables, click the link on top that says Relationships. You’ll find all three tables under the In App section of the Tables panel.
Check the boxes for SCRM_tbl_contact_info and SCRM_tbl_staff to include them in the layout display.
Next, click on the Staff_ID field inside SCRM_tbl_staff, and drag the pointer over to the Assigned_to_by_Staff_ID field inside SCRM_tbl_contact_info. A new window will then pop up showing you different configuration options.
Notice that the Relationship Type is recognized by the platform as One-to-Many. In the context of your table design, it means that a staff member can have more than one lead or contact.
Make the following changes on the same screen:
Click Create once you’re done.
Now your staff and contact tables are linked in such a way that one staff member can have many contacts. You’re essentially stamping the Staff_ID into your contacts table.
Join us in the next video where we teach you how to build login screens and how to assign different privileges.