As the REST API begins opening WordPress up to a wider programmatic world, now is a great time to start getting familiar with best-in-breed examples of third-party APIs across the web. Kicking the tires of these APIs will kill two birds with one stone – you’ll get familiar with standard best practices and also widen your horizons in terms of what you can integrate WordPress with on your next project.
Though there’s considerable debate about exactly what constitutes a truly great API, the examples we’ve highlighted in this piece are widely agreed to be among the best in the business. You can expect crystal clear documentation, ease of implementation, and compelling use cases across the board. Start exploring their power and you’ll find no shortage of creative ways they can be usefully married to WordPress.
Before we dive into our examples, let’s briefly address the question of what makes an excellent API, and introduce some useful resources to follow up on if you’re relatively new to the field.