WP REST API: Versions 1.2.4 (Compatibility Release) and 2.0 Beta 6

First and foremost: version 1.2.4 of the REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/. is now available for compatibility with the upcoming WordPress 4.4. Version 1.2.4 overrides REST API infrastructure in WordPress 4.4 coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress., leaving your endpoints working as you expect them to. Download it from the plugin repository or from GitHub.

Version 2.0 BetaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. 6

Alongside the compatibility release for version 1.2, we’re also releasing the latest beta for version 2.0: 2.0 Beta 6 “Bluella The Whale”. Download it from the plugin repository or from GitHub.

Here are some highlights:

  • Removes global inclusion of wp-adminadmin (and super admin)/includes/admin.php. For a long time, the REST API loaded wp-admin/includes/admin.php to make use of specific admin utilities. Now, it only loads those admin utilities when it needs them. If your custom endpoints make use of admin utilities, you’ll need to make sure to load wp-admin/includes/admin.php before you use them.
  • Easier access to the featured imageFeatured image A featured image is the main image used on your blog archive page and is pulled when the post or page is shared on social media. The image can be used to display in widget areas on your site or in a summary list of posts.. Posts link directly to the featured image, and attachments include media_details attribute in the embed context. For image attachments, media_details includes a sizes array of image sizes, which is useful for templating.
  • Documentation clarifications throughout, including new hook docs.

As always, we have a detailed changelog as well as the full set of changes if you’re interested.

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