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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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A guide to HTTP and REST

REST is a simple and easy way to assign interactions that happen between systems. It has been implemented more and more within APIs, all because REST has a minimal overhead regarding clients of all kinds (desktop computers, mobile phones, online services). REST, being inspired by HTTP, is a system that is used either in pair with it or more likely in places where you would make use of HTTP. It is considered that REST has a strong pair with HTTP, given that building on top of HTTP requires the use of XML-based languages like SOAP, which has totally different conventions and still has limitations. While making use of SOAP is indeed useful in some particular scenarios, when working with HTTP it is a better idea to refer to REST, given that it has been built upon it.


HTTP is the protocol that allows the transfer of documents and data on the web by determining exchanged messages that are appropriate to reply to others. The HTTP relies on two roles, the server, and...