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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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The future of REST API

In its current state, the REST API is used for a variety of purposes and is primarily meant to solve technical gimmicks that developers encounter on a regular basis. REST is a preferred choice for use in web applications where requests can be directed to any instance of a component, and thus its stateless can be quickly redeployed if something goes in the wrong direction. A cloud application is another direction that the REST API uses, and this is especially helpful in binding to a service via an API, which is simply the method of controlling the decoding process of a URL. If an application recognizes a micro-service by the URL, a simple change of the IP address that has been paired with the URL will easily let the request go towards a new instance if the component within the original one fails. The algorithms will distribute the requests if the URL is made to point towards a load balancer, as no request can handle the instance that keeps track of the state.