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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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Setting up your WordPress site

To get started with our site and set it up as the backend for a WordPress-separated kind of frontend we will need to install the WordPress REST API plugin, which would represent the only technical aspect of this whole process.

WordPress, being an ever-growing Content Management System (CMS) that is moving towards a fully-fledged application framework, brings up the requirement and necessity for new APIs. The REST API Plugin is an easy to use and understand foundation framework that will help you create these APIs, including the core APIs as well.

The plugin provides an accessible and hassle-free way of using the REST APIs, including APIs for the core. The plugin provides an easy to use REST API, which will then be available via HTTP. You will then grab your site's data in some simple JSON format which would include users, posts, taxonomies, and so on. Updating or retrieving data will be as easy as sending an HTTP request. To get site posts using this plugin,...