By Scott Decker

Platform Release: WordPress API and Connector Update

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Over 34% of sites run WordPress and it is why one of our first CMS connectors, in the PublishThis platform, was to WordPress. When we first built the connections to WordPress, the only available way to publish, update, assign authors, tags, and categories was via XML-RPC. This method has been supported for a long time, but about a year or so ago WordPress started integrating a new REST API into the core upgrades of WordPress, and now that API is a standard on all WordPress sites. With this PublishThis platform update, we have moved our WordPress connectors to use the WordPress API and we are deprecating all of the older XML-RPC connectors.

What does this update mean for you?

  • Any new Workspace or Account that is created will only see our new WordPress API connectors. They will not be able to use XML-RPC connections
  • Any current Workspace or Account that has a XML-RPC connector will continue to work for the next year. No changes are needed
  • Any current WordPress connector, that is our older XML-RPC connection type, will be given a “Update Now” action, where you can run through a process to upgrade to the WordPress API version.
  • The WordPress API does require more security, which is a great thing! To use this new Connector, you must install a WordPress application password plugin so that we can connect to a site via a username and this new password

Again, no changes are required by any client. Your older WordPress connections will still work for the next year. We do highly recommend that you update to the latest WordPress API connector as it is uses the approved WordPress API replacement. WordPress has said that XML-RPC will soon be removed from their core, which is why we wanted to make sure we support both during this transition.

This release is planned for: Aug 19th, 2019 11:59pm PST to Aug 20th, 2019 1:00am PST.

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By Scott Decker
Scott Decker is the President and Founder of PublishThis. Before PublishThis, he led technology at Edmunds.com, Blue Nile, and development solutions for the government. When he’s not running PublishThis, the industry’s most advanced content platform, he’s exploring new technologies, preparing for next Halloween, or watching something with superheroes, dinosaurs, or at least a lot of explosions.