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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 being used in WordPress plugins

REST API, being considered as an ever-growing and reliable solution, has become the backbone for a multitude of WordPress plugins that offer a wide range of functionality from contact forms to menus and means of authentication. This proves that the future lies on REST API, and developers have actively started making use of it.

Under this section, we will cover the Thermal API plugin, one of the main plugins built with REST API.


Thermal API will allow you to elevate your WordPress content in a very familiar WordPress manner. Thermal is the plugin that will give you the power of WP_QUERY in a RESTful API way. Thermal will support client-based decisions and has a responsive design framework that is going to allow for a responsive application that will leverage a WordPress content source.

Thermal will be considered as a gateway between your WordPress-managed content and its consumption. Thermal will expose your content for a variety of uses such...