WordPress and the WP Rest API

Before becoming an iOS developer, I was (still work as) a web developer, and have been around WordPress for many many years now. So I have a pretty good knowledge around web development as well, PHP, CSS and JavaScript. This is why me, an iOS developer, likes WordPress in a different way then other developers.

What fashinates me about the WP platform is the easy of use and applicability, far from a normalΒ blog website. WordPress ownesΒ 25% of the Internet, and that is not a random case. WordPress rocks!

When entering the mobile development scene, somewhere around iOS 4, having the ability to connect to content providers and exchange XML (back than) was something extraordinary. Giving the possibility to read and update information on the tip of your fingers is to me true power. It helps you decide, coordinate, instruct, conduct, sell, buy, communicate, and do all sorts of things. On the heart of it is one thing: a message. A bilateral communication that gives you control over everything you want, that respects a pattern, a language, easy to build on and therefore easy to understand.

Communication like this has to be effective, quick and simple to execute. The middleware consultant (fancy word for developer these days), is responsible for creating the perfect tool to exchange communication and make sure the message gets delivered properly. Sender and receiver talk with each other without noise or interruption, and this is a very difficult task to achieve.

But is it really?

If you can’t make fresh pasta, you buy it, if you can’t shoot photos of your products, you hire a photographer. If you need an API that can efficiently and effortlessly deliver content but don’t have the middleware guy, you go for WordPress and the WP Rest API. And if you have the middleware colleague, you tell him to go for WordPress and the WP Rest API.

Ryan McCue and the other 75+ contributors who turned WordPress into the next big Internet thing are not only making a change on how websites are going to be built, where data is pulled out from web services and consumed by fancy JavaScript frameworks, but there is also half of the Internet who access the web from a mobile device. Web services go with apps as ketchup with chips. One wouldn’t make sense without the other. WordPress provides not only the fastest way to build rebust endpoints, it also looks frickin’ awesome and has powerful tools to make the love of a content manager easier.

Our work at hellodev is thanks to this incredible project a lot easier, more interesting, with huge benefits for all parts involved. Clients with WordPress sites have now a huge chance in having their content make more sense is a small screen. An app brings a user or client closer to content then a website, a new opportunity for making the heart of a business stand out.

If you don’t know the WP Rest API yet, you’re missing out, big time!

Stay tuned for some insights on projects that I’m working on around iOS, WordPress and the WP Rest API. Follow these hashtags on Twitter: #instapressapp and #wpapp

P.S.:Β If you read this just in time, don’t, really, don’t missΒ A DAY OF REST,Β 28th January 2016, Conway Hall, London. Be there!