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Learning WordPress REST API

By : Sufyan bin Uzayr, Mathew Rooney
Book Image

Learning WordPress REST API

By: Sufyan bin Uzayr, Mathew Rooney

Overview of this book

The WordPress REST API is a recent innovation that has the potential to unlock several new opportunities for WordPress developers. It can help you integrate with technologies outside of WordPress, as well as offer great flexibility when developing themes and plugins for WordPress. As such, the REST API can make developers’ lives easier. The book begins by covering the basics of the REST API and how it can be used along with WordPress. Learn how the REST API interacts with WordPress, allowing you to copy posts and modify post metadata. Move on to get an understanding of taxonomies and user roles are in WordPress and how to use them with the WordPress REST API. Next, find out how to edit and process forms with AJAX and how to create custom routes and functions. You will create a fully-functional single page web app using a WordPress site and the REST API. Lastly, you will see how to deal with the REST API in future versions and will use it to interact it with third-party services. By the end of the book, you will be able to work with the WordPress REST API to build web applications.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Learning WordPress REST API
About the Authors
About the Reviewer

Chapter 1.  Getting Started with REST API

Ever since the middle of 2015, the WordPress community has been busy talking about the advent of REST API to the WordPress core. This is definitely a groundbreaking development and will eventually lead to bigger and better things that we as developers can accomplish using WordPress.

The WordPress REST API has been included in WordPress in a two-phase cycle, split across two versions: WordPress 4.4 and WordPress 4.5; it is not completely there in the WordPress core, but it is being added partially in a phase-wise manner.

Quite obviously, WordPress REST API (also called JSON REST API by some users) will play a crucial role toward the future of WordPress development, and since WordPress is the world's most popular content management system (CMS), it will contribute toward the growth of web development in general.

That said, what is all the fuss about REST API? In fact, what is REST API and why should you, as a developer, be concerned about it? Before we actually get started with coding and development, in this chapter I will introduce you to REST API, its powers, and features and what it can do for WordPress development.