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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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In this chapter, we will go through the process of developing a custom route with two endpoints that will display information regarding products on an e-commerce website. Of course, the e-commerce part is just an example, and you can very well use this model to display posts on a blog, photos from a portfolio site, and so on.

REST API, being in its second version, is split into two parts: the infrastructure for setting up RESTful APIs and a part covering the default routes that would work as fantastic examples that can guide you through creating your very own routes. The system used for adding these routes and endpoints is amazingly well set.

In this chapter, we will be exposing the specific custom fields that will be used on the site. In this implementation, a second route called docs will be incorporated, which will be set around a custom post type that we are using for documentation purposes. We want to make this as clear and thorough as possible, which is why our endpoints and...