The WordPress REST API has been around for a while now, but understanding what it is and why it matters may not be immediately clear to newcomers and non-developers. Even so, this tool is a handy one to know for users of all stripes, as it enables you to utilize the familiar WordPress interface solely as a back end, and develop the front end using other tools and languages.

This post will provide an introduction to what the WordPress REST API is and what it’s capable of. We’ll also share a few steps to help you get started using WordPress as a back end for an app or website.

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