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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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Disabling REST API

We have assessed, using numerous instances, the benefits of REST API and how it is progressing, and we have also looked over the security concerns that might be bothering you. In this regard, we will look over the practical method to disable the JSON REST API in WordPress.

Some website owners might not be using all the features provided by the API, and if they are skeptical about the security concerns that revolve around REST, and you would like to secure themself from a DDoS attack, then similarly to disabling Extensible Markup Language-Remote Procedure Call Protocol (XML-RPC), you could disable the REST API.

To disable the JSON REST API on your WordPress website, you will have to add a piece of code within the functions.php file of your theme files.

add_filter('json_enabled', '__return_false'); 
add_filter('json_jsonp_enabled', '__return_false'); 

The code piece above will make use of the available built-in filters, which will then disable the JSON and JSONP APIs...