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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
About the Reviewer


The REST API is the next big thing in the world of WordPress development. Ever since its inception, it has been gaining popularity, and more and more developers are turning towards it.

Of course, the REST API comes with numerous benefits, such as the ability to interact with third-party platforms and apps. Have an application coded in Ruby and want to interact with a WordPress site based on PHP? The REST API is here to help you!

This book will help you get started with the REST API for WordPress. You will learn the basics as well as the advanced details of this new API so that you can use it in your projects.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Getting Started with REST API, gives you an overview of what the REST API is, how it functions, and all that it is capable of doing. You will also find information about other platforms if you are new to WordPress.

Chapter 2, Interacting with REST API in WordPress, is where you will learn the basics of the REST API in WordPress. General POST and GET commands shall be covered here.

Chapter 3, Working with Taxonomies and Users with REST API, moves to taxonomies such as categories and tags. Users and user roles will also be covered.

Chapter 4, Working with Forms Using REST API, will show you how the REST API can be used to work with custom forms for your WP platform. This chapter will teach you how to get the most out of it.

Chapter 5, Custom Routes in WordPress REST API, progresses beyond default roles and teaches you how to add and work with custom routes using the REST API.

Chapter 6, Creating a Simple Web App Using WordPress REST API, is where you learn how to create a web app. Plus, you will also learn how to pass commands to your web app.

Chapter 7, Mastering REST API for Your Projects, is where you will learn how to master the REST API for your projects. Obviously, this chapter requires that you have a working knowledge of the REST API, as well as experience with WordPress development.

Chapter 8, WordPress REST API in Practice, teaches you the practical aspects of the WP REST API and its development.

Chapter 9, Summing It Up, wraps up our journey with the WordPress REST API. We will have a recap of all that we have learned so far and an overview of what the REST API can do for us.

What you need for this book

Obviously, you will need a working installation of WordPress to begin with. The latest version of WordPress is recommended so that you do not miss out on security updates.

You will also need to install and activate the WordPress REST API plugin on your site. Free download and installation instructions are here:

At least PHP 5.4 or higher is recommended. The latest supported version of MySQL is required as well, and enhancements such as MariaDB are also allowed.

You can run WP on a generic LAMP or WAMP stack. For further instructions, consider reading the WordPress documentation.

Who this book is for

This book is for WordPress developers and designers who want to get a complete practical understanding of the WordPress REST API and leverage it to create fully featured web apps.


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