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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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REST API and security

As we have previously mentioned, the infrastructure of WordPress will be included within the core of WordPress itself in version 4.4. The release of the upcoming WordPress version will yield several endpoints for the REST API, which has brought up some debates regarding how security will be handled.

REST, being the stateless client-server protocol that it is, will be used over HTTP most of the time. REST is not a specific API for WordPress, and is mostly used for non-specific tasks over the web as a standard protocol. The WordPress REST API will make your website a web service that applications will be able to retrieve data from, and all this will happen on an automated basis with no need to access the website from the browser.

Regarding how the WordPress REST API works, we will retrieve information from a website that works as a target. This will send a specific HTTP GET request that will be further conducted to the REST API. Your target website will not return any data...