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WordPress Developers: Introduction to the REST API


The REST API has been called one of the most important additions to WordPress in years. Introduced to the WordPress 4.4 Core, the REST API is still in the early stages, but promises to create new development opportunities (and challenges), changing the way we approach WordPress.

What we'll cover

We'll cover the basics of getting started to creating your own REST API-powered plugin or theme. Including:

• What are web APIs and why are they important

• Installing the WordPress REST API and using it to access your site's data

• Simple, real-world examples of the REST API 

• Downsides and risks of using the REST API

• More advanced techniques, such as creating custom end-points, authentication, and using custom post types with the API

• We'll review a simple quiz application powered by JavaScript and the REST API

• Lastly, resources and tutorials to get you started on your project

After this session, you should feel comfortable jumping into your first WordPress REST API-powered project!

Skill level

This session will be best for those who have moderate skill levels in developing themes and low to middle experience with JavaScript (particularly jQuery). All the code will be available and you're encouraged to ask questions, so don't let the topic intimidate you!


Darren Krape is, by day, a program manager at Amazon and, by night, a WordPress designer, developer, and freelancer. He's been creating sites using WordPress for nearly 6 years, from custom themes and plugins to managing multilingual blog networks for prominent organizations. Find him on Twitter @dkrape and on his site

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  • Eric A.

    Great presentation, Darren! Thanks for organizing the Dev Meetup!

    1 · February 17, 2016

    • Darren K.

      My pleasure! Thanks for your help as well

      February 18, 2016

  • Carol D

    Thanks Darren! Great presentation and great to be back at a Dev meetup!

    1 · February 17, 2016

    • Darren K.

      Thanks for joining! Excited for the rest of the year

      February 18, 2016

  • Matt P.

    Super-glad the dev meetup is back and healthy. Thanks for organizing Darren!

    1 · February 17, 2016

    • Darren K.

      Thanks! It was my pleasure

      February 18, 2016

  • Darren K.

    Great to see everyone there! Here are the slides from the presentation:

    2 · February 16, 2016

  • Darren K.

    Hello everyone!

    I’m really excited to see you for our first WordPress Developers meetup of 2016!

    One of my goals this year is to get everyone to share the cool things you’re working on, learning, and launching. Have something you’d like to share next week? Let me know in the comments here.

    1 · February 9, 2016

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