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Conversions API Gateway: Common Mistakes and Frequently Asked Questions

Updated
Mar 14, 2024
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Sep 15, 2023
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Setting up the Meta Conversions API Gateway might seem easy, but it can be tricky sometimes. Since it's a crucial source for gathering data on how people use your website and follow through the conversion funnel, getting CAPIG set up correctly and using it properly is very important. This is why we created this article to assist you.

Here, we'll discuss common mistakes and answer questions people often have. This will help you solve problems faster and keep CAPIG working smoothly.

Common errors and their solution:

1. No events in the CAPIG hub.

The Meta Conversions API Gateway relies on data received by the Meta pixel. Whenever the Meta Pixel is triggered, it securely sends events to the Meta Pixel and the Conversions API.

  • Meta pixel is tracking that event. The easiest way to check is by using the Meta Pixel Helper tool for the Chrome browser. Install it, then do actions on your site that should cause the event to happen. If the tool doesn't show the event, that means it's not being tracked. The first step to fix this is to set up Meta pixel tracking. Once that's done, CAPIG will start picking up the event automatically.
  • Additional CAPI integration through a third-party vendor. It can be, for example, a Shopify plugin or WordPress app. Ensure no additional integration is configured to send data to Facebook CAPI.
  • A domain that sends events is blocked inside the CAPIG hub. To troubleshoot this reason, log in to the CAPIG hub, open the website tab, and check the list of blocked websites. 
block website CAPI Gateway

2. 404 error after finishing the setup.

This error can have multiple causes. To address it, kindly contact our support team at Stape, and we'll assist you.

3. DNS setup could not be completed.

First, log in to your DNS provider and ensure you’ve set up DNS records correctly. You should configure the CNAME record that points to your CAPIG hub URL. You can find the CAPIG hub URL inside your stape.io account

CAPIG hub URL

The setup inside the DNS provider should look like the screenshot below. Ensure that the Proxy is set to off. This is an example from Cloudflare. 

CAPIG set up data routing

The last step is to use a tool like this to verify DNS settings. Add your CAPIG hub subdomain, select CNAME, and check if a record matches the CAPIG hub URL.

4. Can´t connect Pixel to the CAPIG hub.

When you click 'Add data source' in the CAPIG hub, the last thing to do is let the CAPIG hub access your Facebook access token. Ensure you've checked the box that says 'I agree to share my token with this site' and then click 'Confirm'.

connect pixel to CAPIG hub

If you do not see the pop-up, ensure that pop-ups are not blocked in your browser. To enable pop-ups in Chrome, go to Settings -> Privacy and Security -> Site settings -> Pop-ups and redirects. Select "Sites can send pop-ups and use redirects" or add CAPIG URL to exceptions.

Next, log into your Gateway Hub and try adding the pixel again.

If enabling pop-ups doesn't work, try changing the browser or using incognito mode. 

5. Error net:: ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH in console after creating a subdomain

error net

If your Gateway Hub has not stopped receiving events after you created a subdomain for your Gateway Hub and you see the following error in the console. Please add a CAA record to your main domain - 0 issue “pki.goog”.

Frequently asked questions

1. Are there any restrictions on the CAPIG subscription plans?

We offer two subscription plans that have the following limits: 

  • Pay-as-you-go costs $10/month per pixel and includes 10 million events per month per pixel.
  • Unlimited costs $100/month plan and includes 200 million events per month. 

2. How does the "Pay-as-you-go" subscription work?

With a pay-as-you-go subscription, you can add an unlimited number of pixels. A 7-day free trial is possible only for the first pixel. If you add more pixels, a prorated charge for additional pixels is applied at the end of the billing cycle. You can check the number of pixels and billing cycle inside stape admin.

price CAPIG

3. Difference between Meta Conversions API Gateway and Conversions API?

The Conversion API Gateway is one way to connect the Conversion API. It has some benefits over other FB CAPI implementations, which are:

  • easy setup.
  • the ability to add multiple pixels and domains in one CAPIG hub.
  • in most situations, the setup and ongoing costs for CAPIG are lower than for CAPI.

4. Do I have to configure event deduplication when using Meta CAPIG?

You do not need to set up event deduplication for CAPIG. Event deduplication is set up automatically. Event_id deduplication key is automatically generated and propagated to help ensure deduplication between both channels (web and server). 

5. How to improve the event match quality for the Meta Conversions API Gateway?

  • Enable Advanced matching inside the CAPIG hub interface. 
Advanced matching inside the CAPIG hub interface
  • Activate Automatic Advanced Matching when linking your pixel to the CAPIG hub. To specify the user parameters you wish to share with Meta, select "Show customer information parameters" and enable the ones you'd like to share.
CAPIG increase match quality score

6. What CAPIG server locations do you have?

  • The United States
  • Europe 
  • South America 
  • Asia Pacific
  • Japan

7. How can I structure CAPIG?

  • Use one CAPIG hub account for all of your clients. In this case, you must connect all pixels to one CAPIG hub and use one custom domain.
  • You can use an agency account to create accounts for each client with its own CAPIG with their email. This way, you will have a custom domain for each website or pixel.

We also offer an option of private multi-user Meta Conversions API Gateway hub, which has the following benefits:

  • Ensure optimal data routing for each website, enable advanced matching, attribute more conversions, and improve ad relevance.
  • Predictable price. Pay a flat fee of $500 monthly for up to 1 billion requests.
  • Select from up to 25 server locations.
  • Connect an unlimited number of pixels in the different Facebook Business Managers.
  • Manage access for each account/website individually.

Please contact our support team for a private multi-user Meta Conversions API Gateway hub.

8. I want to use the same email for all the clients' accounts because I want to have one-centered control over all the client's accounts. Is it possible?

You can use the same CAPI gateway instance for all your clients and connect all pixel IDs. All you have to do is click on Add data source. In this case, you can add and use only one subdomain to Gateway Hub.

add data source CAPIG

9. How do we change the names of CAPIGs inside the CAPIG hub?

Go to Accounts, click on three dots on the left, and choose Edit name.

change name in capig

10. Can I capture a purchase value via Shopify, Woocommerce, Clickfunnels, etc.?

Yes, if the event is configured through an FB pixel, you can capture any value associated with a purchase.

11. How can I connect new events to fire through the CAPIG?

Meta Conversions API Gateway automatically identifies events set up with an FB pixel and transmits them via the server. Deduplication is also configured automatically.

This documentation explains how to set up and install Meta Pixel.

12. Can I control which domains send events to CAPIG?

To see which domains send data to the CAPIG hub, go to the CAPIG hub, open the websites sections, and you should see the list of all domains that send data to CAPIG. Below, you can add websites that you want to block. 

block website CAPIG

13. Can I control which events the CAPIG hub sends?

Meta Conversions API Gateway monitors server-side events based on the data captured by the Meta pixel. Any event the Meta pixel detects will be automatically tracked via the Meta Conversions API Gateway. Through the gateway's hub, you can control which events get sent using an on-off toggle for each event.

control events that CAPIG hub sends

To track new events, standard or custom, through CAPIG, you must set up a pixel to track this event. 

Conclusion:

Getting CAPIG set up the right way is really important. It helps you understand how people use your site, make your sales process better, and improve your Facebook ads.

We hope this article has shed light on the common pitfalls and FAQs surrounding CAPIG. With this knowledge, you are better equipped to navigate the setup process, troubleshoot issues efficiently, and ensure that your CAPIG operates seamlessly.

If you have further questions, please check the stape knowledgebase or contact our support team.

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