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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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Drawbacks of a custom API

A downside of building your own custom API is the fact that figuring out a perfect API strategy that will be really functional is hard at times, and here we will try and see what the disadvantages of building your own REST API would be. RESTful approaches in development are pretty hard given the fact that a client-side and server-side interaction is required and that a single set of requirements is required for both sides, including testing and actually building the client-side and server-side parts. There's also the fact that given the plentitude of available, modern technologies, it's pretty tiresome to create an ideal development cycle and process. Interface negotiation would have to happen between both parties, and that consumes efforts from both sides, which makes it harder to see the project finish line, yielding a lack of satisfaction for all parties.

Money and time consumption is not the only hassle that is very expensive and time consuming, there is also...