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The WordPress REST API as a Springboard for Website Greatness

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The WordPress REST API opens up endless opportunities for WordPress developers. From integrating with technologies beyond WordPress, to providing more flexibility when developing sites, plugins, and themes, the WordPress REST API packs a powerful punch and makes development faster and easier.

In this webinar, WordPress REST API our experts covered:
-What is the REST API, and why should you care?
-Timeline on REST API in WordPress Core
-Practical, useful and possibly wacky use cases for the WordPress REST API (to get you thinking differently about what is possible)

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The WordPress REST API as a Springboard for Website Greatness

  1. 1. The WordPress REST API as a Springboard for Website Greatness Let’s think towards the future of WordPress November 18th, 2015 #wprestapi
  2. 2. Ask Questions as We Go! Please use the “Questions” pane throughout the webinar #wprestapi
  3. 3. Quick Intros! #wprestapi Josh Pollock Owner/Developer, CalderaWP ❖ CalderaWP.com ❖ IngotHQ.com ❖ JoshPress.net Anthony Burchell Operations Engineer, WP Engine ❖ Started on WordPress 2.8 ❖ Casual Core Contributor ❖ antpb.com
  4. 4. What We’ll Discuss ❖ What is the REST API, and why should you care? ❖ Timeline on REST API in WordPress Core ❖ Practical, useful and possibly wacky use cases for the WordPress REST API (to get you thinking differently about what is possible) #wprestapi
  5. 5. What is the WP REST API A way to connect to WordPress using a standards-compliant RESTful API -- from within WordPress or from another application. #wprestapi
  6. 6. Okay...SIMPLY what is the WP REST API? Essentially, WordPress will be open to the internet of things! #wprestapi
  7. 7. Why is the WordPress REST API Important ❖ Opens WordPress to the app world and allows app developers to use a CMS to manage their content. This could save many development hours ❖ This opens WordPress to any device or software. You can now integrate anything with WordPress ❖ The community has been given an arsenal of tools to make completely new applications on the WordPress platform #wprestapi
  8. 8. Why is the WordPress REST API Important (cont’d.) We’re also opening things up to developers that are not WordPress savvy. This provides a nicer gate of entry for non WordPress developers. #wprestapi
  9. 9. Timeline for inclusion into WordPress Core Infrastructure merged for 4.4 Endpoints will be merged in 4.5 What does this mean? You will still need the WP REST API Plugin! Version to use now: WP REST API 2.0 Beta 6 If using v1.0: use the latest update (1.2.4) before WordPress 4.4! http://wpeng.in/api-release/ #wprestapi
  10. 10. Let’s talk through some ideas #wprestapi
  11. 11. Custom Front Ends ❖ Use WordPress only when you absolutely need it! ❖ Improve users experience (ttfb is drastically decreased) ❖ Use JavaScript MVC Frameworks ❖ Improve conversions #wprestapi
  12. 12. Web Component REST API Example #wprestapi Both Pages are calling for the same information (Post Title, Featured Image, Author Info, and Content of Post) HTML WordPress
  13. 13. Web Component REST API Example #wprestapi This simple use case proves a valid point: we can now use WordPress when we NEED to. If something isn’t dynamic, there’s no sense in using WordPress to call database & load all dependencies on every load.
  14. 14. Web Component REST API Example #wprestapi https://github.com/Shelob9/web-component-rest-api- example
  15. 15. Custom Back Ends ❖ Quicker Plugin/Theme Development ❖ Snappier admin experience ❖ Potential for custom control panels #wprestapi
  16. 16. Ingot Automatic A/B Tester #wprestapi WordPress Plugin Admin Made With AngularJS
  17. 17. Ingot Automatic A/B Tester #wprestapi http://bit.ly/1l68Tqt
  18. 18. What about the Internet of Things? #wprestapi
  19. 19. The Internet of Things and WordPress ❖ If a device can make requests via the web, it can now interact with WordPress. ❖ Think of all the different sensors that you can hook through technologies such as Arduino. You can configure literally anything to communicate with WordPress. #wprestapi
  20. 20. Go crazy with it! #wprestapi
  21. 21. Resources eBook: The Ultimate Guide to the WordPress REST API http://wpeng.in/rest-api-ebook/ The WordPress API: An Untechnical Guide for Non-Developers http://wpeng.in/untech/ #wprestapi
  22. 22. CalderaWP REST API Course CalderaWP.com Q&A Feel free to ask away in the “Questions” pane! Are you an agency or freelancer? Learn how you can finish more sites in less time and enjoy unlimited staging installs for your WordPress projects for as little as $29 per month. Ask about qualifying for a listing in our online consultants directory! Call +1-512-827-3500, or Chat with us wpengine.com
  23. 23. ❖ Tips & tricks for higher project fees ❖ How to find and sell $10K+ web projects ❖ High-level tools for building, maintaining and supporting WP sites Next Setting the Foundation for a Super-Productive, Super- Profitable 2016 Increase project fees and profitability...but not your workload Wednesday, December 9th, 12 pm EDT/ 11 am CDT/ 9 am EDT/ 5 pm GMT+1 Register Now! http://hs.wpengine.com/super-profitable-2016 Next Webinar

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