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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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REST API-based authentication

Among the several options that are available for authenticating with the API, the primary choice will cover one of these two options:

  • For a mobile, web or desktop client, that will be accessing the site externally, you will be using the OAuth method of authentication with the application of passwords or basic authentication

  • For themes or plugins that are running on a site, you will be making use of the cookie authentication method.

In the following sections, we will try to cover both of the options and their particulars.

OAuth authentication

The OAuth authentication method is the primary handler in authentication that is used for any external clients, making it go through the steps of a standard authentication and then authorizing the clients to act on their behalf, which are then issued with corresponding OAuth tokens that will give them access to the API that is revocable by the users at any time.

Once the WP API and the OAuth server plugins are activated on your...