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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
About the Reviewer

The REST architecture

In order to take a closer look at the REST architecture we shall assess the basics of how it works and is set up, this being one of the first steps in our further encounters that will provide a path for application development and pairing by making use of the REST architectural style.

In its essence, REST is built in a way that helps to distribute the hypermedia application that will further link resources and make it possible for communication to happen by exchanging various representations of its resource state. The resources we are talking about are what the REST architecture is made of, and will be considered to be at the foundation of all websites and scripts overall. In regard to WordPress, the resources are pages, posts, users and comments that interact with provided resources that are in turn used to identify a resource. When a RESTful service is used, it will then make it a first task to address one of the underlying resources, which in its manifestation can...