5 Easy Steps To Use WordPress Backend in Building PhoneGap APPs
Native mobile apps have their own advantages, but developing one can take a lot of time and investment. If you are not up for it, then go for cross-platform applications.
WordPress is another great tool for developers, and when these two meet, magic happens!
In this post, we have shared how you can create a PhoneGap app with WordPress as the backend.
Before we go any further, let us know about NodeJS, as you will need it. NodeJS is a cross-platform runtime environment used for network application.
Step 1- The very first step is to define REST APIs to allow PhoneGap to connect with the WordPress. REST is the architecture style that guides web service creation which enables connection to the network. Whereas API is the set of program commands and protocols used to create and access the data or feature of an application. REST APIs can be useful for data downloading, uploading, among other functions that communicate with parse.
Step 2- WordPress has everything that is required to define REST APIs (readable by any HTTP client). REST APIs can easily be integrated using a WP plugin. The ‘Already Logged in’ is by default executed as a user logs-in and an Ajax request from PhoneGap and a session cookie is sent to the server by default. In case there is no user login, Login function is executed. Then an HTTP request is sent, executing the REST API.
Step 3- Create GET/POST REST APIs using wp_ajax_ and wp_ajax_nopriv_ if the HTTP client that is making the request is already logged-in in WP and the callback attached to wp_ajax_ and wp_ajax_nopriv_ are processed.
Additional tip- You can use a plugin like AppPresser to integrate PhoneGap API with WordPress.