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Learning WordPress REST API

By : Sufyan bin Uzayr, Mathew Rooney
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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
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Getting started

First up, you will need to set up your WordPress website. Obviously, you should not use a production site for learning purposes; therefore, I will strongly advise you to set up a test installation of WordPress for experimenting and playing with REST API. Depending on your mode of operation, you may choose to do it the way it suits you—some developers prefer having a local version of WordPress running on their device, whereas others, such as myself, set up WordPress live on a test server and access it accordingly.

You might also do it via Vagrant, if that suits you.

You may then install the WordPress REST API plugin much like any other normal plugin. Find the latest version at .

That said, let us get started with REST requests in WordPress. As we have seen in the last chapter, REST requests generally revolve around the four common HTTP transport methods: GET, PUT, POST, and DELETE. Plus, we have also learned that GET and POST requests...