The REST API became part of WordPress Core in version 4.7. For developers like me, this is one of the most exciting changes to WordPress in years. But now that it’s in core, what do you use it for? How does it fit into what you’re already doing? And what does it allow you to do that “traditional” WordPress doesn’t?

Ashley Kolodziej and Jonathan Desrosiers built an interactive companion piece for an article in Bostonia, BU’s alumni magazine. It’s a beautiful piece of web design, and it’s all powered by the REST API. Ashley contributed a WPCampus-sponsored blog post describing the project that was featured on Link, the Journal of Higher Education Web Professionals published by our partners at HighEdWeb.

This episode features WPCampus community members Brian DeConinck, Ashley Kolodziej, and Jonathan Desrosiers. Ashley and Jon are a part of the Interactive Design team at Boston University’s Marketing & Communications group.

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Brian DeConinck

Front-End Designer & Developer, NC State University@BrianDeConinckhttp://www.briandeconinck.com/

I build custom themes and plugins for NC State University's Office of Information Technology, and I help maintain campus WordPress environments and advise clients on content best practices. I'm always excited to talk about universal design, accessibility, usability, and designing with compassion and empathy. I host the WPCampus Podcast, where I get to talk about all those things and more!

Ashley Kolodziej

UX & Product Design Lead, Boston University@ashleykolodziejhttp://www.lastletterdesign.com

Ashley Kolodziej is the UX & Product Design Lead at Boston University and spends most of her day investigating ways to make theme development, content management and customization within the Boston University WordPress environment easier for both developers and end users. She guides the addition of new features and functionality to Boston University’s custom theme framework and regularly contributes to the design and front-end development of university-wide user interfaces. Ashley is a big believer in education, documentation and her two pet bunnies, Nellie and Peppermint Patty.

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