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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

WP HTTP API for authenticated requests

If your aim is to interact remotely with any other WordPress site that is on our installation, the best method for sending HTTP requests is thought to be the WP HTTP API. It is also considered that the code provided will send a DELETE request to any other WordPress installation that has the basic authentication turned on within WP REST API.

It's good that we have gone through how basic authentication works, as this will come in very handy in further parts of the tutorial, in which we will mainly be using this method for performing any kind of data manipulation.

Status check

Within this part of the tutorial, we have exclusively focused on the basic authentication method supported by the WP REST API. As stipulated here, using this method on live websites is dangerous and foolish, given how easily credentials can be decoded and then further abused.

Another thing we have looked at in this article is the process of testing the authentication method we discussed...