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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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Limitations of REST API

REST, as a system in itself, is very predictable regarding endpoints and the content of the requests, being just an HTTP request. It is supposed that end-users can easily guess how to fulfill their aim as long as the URL structure of the site is familiar to them, which can be interpreted as a breach within the security system. This is considered one of the first drawbacks/limitations of RESTful APIs, but we will get to this in a minute.

Regarding performance, it is considered that SOAP is more advanced in this regard, making good use of event-based parsing, which adds to the scalability of SOAP stacks that use normal HTTP processing along the XML parsing, while REST uses the HTTP processing method alone.

Within the industry, there is a prolonged debate that denounces the security of REST related to other methods like SOAP, which is why some developers or clients choose to avoid REST. More technically-savvy developers or users would prefer REST, for the sole reason that...