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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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AJAX in WordPress

AJAX is a flexible and versatile tool that provides developers the possibility of creating improved applications, and an example of its functionality would be to check credentials upon sending them to the server. Given the asynchronous way in which AJAX works, the entire page doesn't have to be reloaded to receive new data, which is probably why WordPress is so compatible with AJAX and how it interacts with it.

AJAX, in its essence, is a combination of several programming languages, which would be XML and JavaScript. The name Asynchronous JavaScript and XML might or might not be self-explanatory, yet its function is to send data to the server by the means of JavaScript and then return this data in a different, now an XML format.

AJAX, in its manifestation, works to commit small changes or updates for the site visited by the user, without having to send a request for a full page load, meaning that it will be a more efficient way of committing locally rather than a global refresh...