Discover in this tutorial how to get and display the latest posts from a remote WordPress installation using the REST API.
In this tutorial you are going to learn how you can use the REST API to fetch and display a list of the latest posts from an external WordPress installation. This would be the result:
Let’s see it:
Instructions for displaying the latest posts from a WordPress installation using the REST API
To get the information about the latest posts you are going to use the REST API endpoint that gives you access to that information.
In addition, you are going to encapsulate this data inside a shortcode so you can display the listing wherever you want.
Add the following code at the end of functions.php or in your functionality plugin:
With this code you create a shortcode that allows you to display a list with all the posts of a remote WordPress installation using the [post_list] shortcode.
In the first part of the snippet you define the variables:
$website_url= The URL of the website
$request_url= The URL where the request is made. In this case it is the concatenation:
$website_url . '/wp-json/wp/v2/posts/'which accesses the endpoint for the REST API entries.
Remember to change the value of the following variables to those of your case.
Then you use the
wp_remote_request function to get the endpoint for posts (with the
Once you get the information sent by the API you use the functions
wp_remote_retrieve_body to extract the body data and
json_decode to decode it.
And when you have the array with the data, you use a loop (foreach) to extract the information you are interested in.
In this case, the title
[title->rendered] > with link to it
But you can add more to customize it to your liking. These are all the details you can display:
You have more information about it on official WordPress developer page.
So you can customize the details you prefer to be displayed.
If you want to see this data you can use the
print_r function, in this case it would be
If you have any questions or suggestions you can leave them in the comments.
To be able to see the list you only have one step left.
2. Insert the shortcode where you want
The advantage of shortcodes is that you can insert them anywhere on the web.
You only have to type
[post_list] where you want it to be displayed.
- If you are using the classic editor, use the HTML tab to insert the shortcode.
- In case you are already using the new block editor (Gutenberg) you can add it to the normal paragraph block, the HTML block or the shortcode block. All of them will render the content correctly.
This would be an example of the listing that the shortcode would display:
Now you know how to use the REST API to fetch and display the latest posts from a remote WordPress installation.
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