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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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WP REST API - setting up and using advanced authentication

Our previous section covered the basics of the WP REST API and the HTTP authentication that were on the server, which let us install the plugin available on GitHub, courtesy of the development team behind WP REST API. So far, we have only overviewed a method of authentication that will let us use it in a testing environment, but the time has come for us to look into more serious, advanced means of authentication that will be secure enough for us to use on an actual server, and will not compromise the credentials exposed to the requests.

In this part of our tutorial, we will go through the process of setting up the OAuth authentication method that will be used with the WP REST API plugin. We will install the OAuth server plugin and then generate an access token that will help us with the pairing of a conventional application, all this combined with a theoretical overview of the method itself and how it functions.

OAuth authentication...