REST Development Console — now open source!

This is a great tool to get started playing with WordPress APIs.

Developer Resources

For developers working with the REST API, the browser-based API console is an essential debugging tool. It allows you to test your API queries and interactively explore the results (or errors) that the API returns.

REST API console - exploring results

It also puts the documentation at your fingertips and allows you to build a custom query right from any method’s description.

REST API console - building a query

Like the REST API itself, this tool works for any blog on WordPress.com and for any self-hosted WordPress install using Jetpack.

With the addition of implicit OAuth, we’ve released an open-source version of the API console that you can run yourself.

First, you’ll want to create a WordPress.com application (or modify an existing one) and make sure to set the Javascript Origins option. This should be the fully-qualified URL (including http:// or https:// ) of the site you’ll be running the API console on. To run it locally, just use “http://localhost”.

REST API console - JS origins setting

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Email forwarding on WordPress.com

The wait is over. I have cried tears of joy.

This past Monday, Automattic announced a new feature: email forwarding for your custom domain on WordPress.com. It is no longer necessary to manage a separate email solution for your domains on WordPress.com; forwarding can be set up from Store → Domains within your dashboard. If you already have another solution set up, just remove its DNS records to enable the native WordPress.com feature.

This removes the last frustrating roadblock to having an all-WordPress.com web presence. So go start that blog, or build that new site for your business, knowing that email for your domain will be as simple as everything else on WordPress.com. Hurray!

Create Presentations Easily on WordPress.com with Shortcodes

Christmas has came early for me.

The WordPress.com Blog

On WordPress.com, you can use a number of shortcodes to embed features and create objects with little effort, and make your site look just the way you want. We’re excited to announce new shortcodes you can use to whip up a slideshow presentation — and display it on your WordPress.com site.

A sampling of features

  • Selecting different slide transitions (up, down, left, right)
  • Rotating and scaling slides
  • Choosing colors or images for backgrounds (HTML color, image URL)
  • Setting transition durations and sizes

You can see these features in action, along with shortcode instructions to get you started, in the sample presentation below. Don’t forget to view it in full-screen — just click the four-arrow icon on the bottom right corner.

We’re excited that you can use these shortcodes to create presentations, from simple slideshows to sleek, professional presentations. For more detailed steps, visit the presentations shortcode support page.

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