If you’ve spent any time in the WordPress community over the past few years, chances are you’ve heard reference made to the new REST API. However, unless you’re an experienced developer, you may not have any idea what the WordPress REST API actually is.
While the technical details are a bit complex, the basic concepts behind this feature are easy enough to grasp. The new API helps expand what WordPress as a platform can do. What’s more, the REST API makes it simpler than ever for developers to connect WordPress with other sites and applications.
In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through all the basics you need to know. We’ll explain what APIs are in general, and what REST APIs (and the WordPress-specific version) are in particular. Then, we’ll talk about how to start using the WordPress REST API yourself. Let’s jump right in!