WordPress.com REST API (not slides)

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What is WordPress.com?

Hosted blogging (WordPress) platform run by Automattic

WordPress.com: By numbers

28m sites
34m users
~800K posts daily
~1.5m comments daily

Lots of activity. Lots of data.

REST API: In a nutshell

The API gives developers access to posts and comments, as well as the ability to Follow, Like, or Reblog content for users. Other features from WordPress.com, like the daily handpicked content on Freshly Pressed, are also available through the API.

Brand-spankin’ new. XML-RPC’s younger, cooler brother.

The API works with any WordPress.com site

This includes sites like TechCrunch, GigaOM, see http://vip.wordpress.com/clients
Self-hosted WordPress sites… not yet (but soon via Jetpack

What data can you get?

  • User info
  • Site info
  • Posts on a site
  • Recent comments on a site
  • Comments on a post
  • Categories/Tags on a site
  • etc.

What actions can you perform?


  • Add/Edit/Delete posts
  • Add/Edit/Delete comments
  • Add/Edit/Delete categories
  • Add/Edit/Delete tags


  • Like a post
  • Reblog a post
  • Follow a site

Authenticate via OAuth




Endpoint: GET /sites/$site/

curl 'https://public-api.wordpress.com/rest/v1/sites/en.blog.wordpress.com/'


    "ID": 3584907,
    "name": "WordPress.com News",
    "description": "The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.",
    "URL": "http:\/\/en.blog.wordpress.com",
    "meta": {
        "links": {
            "self": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1\/sites\/3584907",
            "help": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1\/sites\/3584907\/help",
            "posts": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1\/sites\/3584907\/posts\/",
            "comments": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1\/sites\/3584907\/comments\/"

Endpoint: GET /site/$site/posts/

curl 'https://public-api.wordpress.com/rest/v1/sites/en.blog.wordpress.com/posts/?number=5'


    "found": 621,
    "posts": [
            "ID": 10473,
            "author": {
                "ID": 821549,
                "email": false,
                "name": "Christopher Finke",
                "URL": "http:\/\/cfinke.wordpress.com\/",
                "avatar_URL": "http:\/\/1.gravatar.com\/avatar\/357b3dde1d3e7e3267d23f605a078d62?s=96&d=retro",
                "profile_URL": "http:\/\/en.gravatar.com\/cfinke"
            "date": "2012-04-05T20:26:54+00:00",
            "modified": "2012-04-05T20:26:54+00:00",
            "title": "Custom CSS gets an upgrade",
            "URL": "http:\/\/en.blog.wordpress.com\/2012\/04\/05\/custom-css-gets-an-upgrade\/",
            "short_URL": "http:\/\/wp.me\/pf2B5-2IV",

Endpoint: POST /sites/$site/posts/new

curl \
 -H 'authorization: Bearer YOUR_API_TOKEN' \
 --data-urlencode 'title=Hello World' \
 --data-urlencode 'content=Hello. I am a test post. I was created by the API' \
 --data-urlencode 'tags=tests' \
 --data-urlencode 'categories=API' \

Endpoint: GET /freshly-pressed/

curl "https://public-api.wordpress.com/rest/v1/freshly-pressed/"

Developer Docs



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