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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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Building your own API

When talking about APIs and building them, it is important to understand that the process might be a little bit difficult at first if you're not acquainted with the patterns and best practices that lie at the foundation of each API, yet the process is not as complicated as it might seem at first glance. It is to be set that every API must connect to a server and then return some kind of data, for which a corresponding code to back it up will be necessary. Potential requirements could also include authentication and rate limiting. The endpoints are the fundamental architecture that lies at the bottom of an API, which are responsible for returning things with specific attributes. Making it as simple as possible is the key here. The return type data is another consideration that has to be taken care of. The majority of web users would expect some JSON content, and the alternative for this would be XML. The Web developers however, have established JSON as the fundamental...