2/21/2017 - 2:53 PM

Load posts into a page using the WP REST API

Load posts into a page using the WP REST API

// This function uses AJAX to run a query.
// It assumes that there are no posts on the page, and they will be loaded by the user on demand.
// // There are no animations added here. For a smoother experience, it is a good idea to add animations to the button (ex. a loading icon during the request), or making the new posts animate in (ex, using Animate.css to fade them into the page)
$(function() {
  // Grab the load button, since I only want to run the code if the button is on the page
  var ajaxButton = $('#ajax-button');

  if (ajaxButton) {
    // The AJAX request
    var getPosts = function() {
      var theData, ajaxContainer, errorStatus, errorMessage;

      // Make the request to the REST API
        url: '',
        dataType: 'json',
        success: function(data) {
          // Remove the button if the response returns no items
          if ( data.length < 1 ) {

          // Create a place to store exactly what I need
          // Alternatively, the response can be filtered to only return the needed data, which is probably more efficient as the following loop wont be needed
          theData = [];

          // Grab the container where my data will be inserted
          ajaxContainer = $('#ajax-div');

          // Get only what I need, and store it
          for (i = 0; i < data.length; i++) {
            theData[i] = {};
            theData[i].id = data[i].id;
            theData[i].slug = data[i].slug;
            theData[i].link = data[i].link;
            theData[i].title = data[i].title.rendered;
            theData[i].content = data[i].content.rendered;
            // Now create the element where this data will live
            ajaxContainer.append('<article class="ajax-post"></article>');

          // For each element I just created, insert the data from my newly built array
          $('.ajax-post').each(function(i) {
            var $this = $(this);

            $this.append('<h3>' + theData[i].title + '</h3>');
        error: function(jqXHR, textStatus, errorThrown) {
          errorStatus = jqXHR.status + ' ' + jqXHR.statusText + '\n';
          errorMessage = jqXHR.responseJSON.message;

          // Show me what the error was
          console.log(errorStatus + errorMessage);

    // Actually implement the functionality when the button is clicked
    ajaxButton.on('click', function() {