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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
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WP REST API – setting up and using basic authentication

So far, we have started with the basics in regard to REST API's architecture and how it will help us pair websites with applications, but now we will move on to creating a protocol that will be used for basic authentication on the server and sending authenticated requests. These requests will be used to perform further tasks in regard to the REST API.

In this section, we will overview the process of sending authenticated requests of various kinds and methods that will be helpful and useful in the next parts of this tutorial.


Authentication is defined as the process that helps to identify individuals depending on the unique nature of their credentials. It will ensure that the credentials provided correspond to those stored in the database, and will not be of much help beyond this. In regard to WP REST API, a user will be required to have privileges that will allow him to perform tasks, yet because the identity has to undergo...