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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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Comparison of REST API with XML-RPC

REST represents an architectural style that will set some constraints on interfaces to achieve the desired goal. By using REST, we will enforce a server model where the client wants to gain information and act on some data that would be managed by the server. The very same server then sends a message to the client about the provided resources by a communication between client and server that has got to be cacheable and stateless. All implementations of a REST architectural project are supposed to be RESTful.

RPC, which is defined as the Remote Procedure Call, is a mechanism that will provide you with the possibility of calling a procedure in another process and will exchange data by passing some messages. It will process data on the server-side and is sometimes used as one kind of an underlying protocol for message passing which is nothing like HTTP.

RPC versus REST

When comparing RPC and REST architectural styles, it is not that wise from a technical point...