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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

REST API and WordPress plugin development

Under this section of our chapter, we will discuss how REST API is going to, or has already, influenced developers that revolve around WordPress, whose livings rely on building plugins, themes, and so on. WordPress, being a massively used content management system, has specific requirements and constantly growing needs given its constant improvement.

The API requirements have to be placed first when thinking development-wise, as the interaction of a plugin as the client is going to rely more on the API and such.

REST API routes are PHP code that has to have a stable and functional code. The real potential of default routes within REST API potentially can be as a repurposed Software as a Service (SAAS) service.

The REST API will make a dependency injection regarding class design, and backward compatibility will probably arise for older plugins. These plugins have to deal with backward compatibility issues, and existing plugins might require some improvement...