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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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The REST API in theory

The Representational State Transfer, which stands for REST, is an architectural style of API that is intended to provide a lightweight form of communication between the parties (consumer and producer) and thus create an optimal solution for services with a high volume of operation like the WordPress CMS.

By combining an architectural style of REST and JSON, the WP API is composed, which yields a great tool used by developers that can share data from their WordPress websites to other applications or services. The WP API will allow the actions of creating, reading, updating, and deleting data from a site, specifically posts, users, pages, media, comments, and so on. Overall all kinds of possible content can be manipulated by using the WP API.

The WP API, being in its second version, is now a preferred method of development by many. JavaScript based functionality will be the first aim, and through this opening large room for operation for the said API, specifically content...