Kako stvoriti modernu web aplikaciju koristeći WordPress i React

Kombinirajte snagu React front-end-a s najpopularnijim CMS-om na internetu

Želite prednosti modernog React SPA-a, ali trebate pozadinu koja se osjeća poznato? U ovom ćemo članku razmotriti kako postaviti WordPressov REST API, uključujući prilagođene vrste postova i polja i kako dohvatiti ove podatke unutar React-a.

Nedavno sam radio na aplikaciji React za klijenta kada su mi postavili ovo pitanje: 'Možemo li ga koristiti s WordPressom ? '

Od kraja 2015. odgovor na ovo pitanje bio je da. No koraci potrebni za stvaranje radne nevezane web stranice možda se neće činiti jednostavnim, posebno onima koji nisu upoznati s WordPressom i Reactom.

Tijekom svog stvaranja radne aplikacije naišao sam na pregršt nezgodnih prepreka, a u ovom ću članku objasniti kako ih izbjeći. Također ću podijeliti nekoliko savjeta i trikova koje sam usput naučio!

Sadržaj

1. dio: Osnovne informacije

  • Što je CMS bez glave?
  • Što bih trebao znati slijediti?
  • Ključni akronimi
  • Gdje mogu vidjeti WordPressove JSON podatke?

2. dio: WordPress

  • Dodavanje prilagođene vrste posta
  • Promjena teksta rezerviranog mjesta naslova
  • Dodavanje prilagođenog polja u vašu prilagođenu vrstu objave
  • Omogućavanje prilagođenih polja kao JSON
  • Ograničavanje vidljivih JSON podataka

3. dio: Reagirajte

  • Obećanja u JavaScript-u
  • Metoda dohvaćanja
  • Rukovanje obećanjima

Radni primjer u Reactu

Zaključak

1. dio: Osnovne informacije

Što je CMS bez glave?

U prošlosti je upotreba CMS-a poput WordPressa značila da ste morali graditi svoje sučelje pomoću PHP-a.

Sada, s bezglavim CMS-om, možete izgraditi svoj prednji kraj s bilo kojim tehnologijama koje želite; to je zbog razdvajanja prednjeg i stražnjeg dijela putem API-ja. Ako želite stvoriti SPA (aplikaciju na jednoj stranici) pomoću React, Angular ili Vue i kontrolirati sadržaj pomoću CMS-a poput WordPress-a, možete!

Što bih trebao znati slijediti?

Ovaj ćete članak najbolje iskoristiti ako imate:

  • neko znanje o tome kako funkcionira CMS poput WordPressa, malo PHP-a i ideja o tome kako postaviti osnovni WordPress projekt na računalu;
  • razumijevanje JavaScript-a, uključujući značajke jezika ES6 + i sintaksu klase React.

Ključni akronimi

Programiranje je puno žargona, ali puno brže raspravlja o nekim konceptima u ovom članku. Evo kratkog sažetka izraza koje ćemo koristiti:

  • CMS - sustav za upravljanje sadržajem. Mislite na WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magneto.
  • SPA - aplikacija na jednoj stranici. Umjesto ponovnog učitavanja svake stranice u cijelosti, SPA aplikacija dinamički učitava sadržaj. Osnovni kod (HTML, CSS i JavaScript) web stranice učitava se samo jednom. Misli Reagiraj, Vue, Kutni.
  • API - sučelje za programiranje aplikacija. Jednostavno rečeno, niz definicija koje usluga pruža kako biste mogli uzeti i koristiti njene podatke. Google Maps ih ima. Srednji ima jedan. I sada, svaka WordPress stranica dolazi s ugrađenim API-jem.
  • ODMOR - reprezentativni državni prijenos. Stil web arhitekture temelji se oko HTTP-a metoda Upit: GET, PUT, POSTi DELETE. WordPressov ugrađeni API je REST ili “RESTful” API.
  • HTTP - protokol za prijenos hiperteksta. Skup pravila koji se koriste za prijenos podataka putem weba. Na početku URL-a navedeno je kao httpili https(sigurna verzija).
  • JSON - JavaScript oznaka objekta. Iako izveden iz JavaScript-a, ovo je format za pohranu i prijenos podataka koji ovisi o jeziku.

U ovom članku koristimo WordPress kao naš CMS. To znači programirati naš back-end u PHP-u i koristiti WordPressov REST API za isporuku JSON podataka našem sučelju.

Gdje mogu vidjeti WordPressove JSON podatke?

Prije nego što dođete do dobrih stvari, kratka napomena o tome gdje možete pronaći JSON podatke na svojoj web stranici WordPress. Danas svako WordPress web mjesto ima dostupne JSON podatke (osim ako im vlasnik web mjesta nije onemogućio ili ograničio pristup). Pogledajte glavni JSON WordPress stranice dodavanjem /wp-jsonimena korijenske domene.

Tako, na primjer, JSON za WordPress.org možete pogledati posjetom //wordpress.org/wp-json. Ili, ako lokalno pokrećete WordPress web mjesto, možete vidjeti njegov JSON slijedeći localhost/yoursitename/wp-json.

Da biste pristupili podacima za svoje postove, upišite localhost/yoursitename/wp-json/wp/v2/posts. Za prilagođeni format posta zamijenite novi format (npr. movies) Umjesto posts. Ono što sada izgleda kao nečitljiv blok teksta upravo je ono što će nam omogućiti da WordPress koristimo kao CMS bez glave!

2. dio: WordPress

Da biste postavili svoj REST API, većina onoga što trebate učiniti dogodit će se u vašoj functions.phpdatoteci. Pretpostavit ću da znate kako postaviti WordPress projekt i pristupiti mu pomoću localhost, ali ako želite pomoć oko toga, preporučujem ovaj članak (to je ono što sam nekada koristio za programiranje s WordPressom).

Za većinu projekata morat ćete upotrijebiti prilagođenu vrstu posta, pa započnimo s postavljanjem.

Dodavanje prilagođene vrste posta

Recimo da je naša web lokacija o filmovima, a mi želimo post tipa koji se zove "filmovi". Prvo želimo biti sigurni da se naši tipovi filmova učitavaju što je prije moguće, pa ćemo ih spojiti na initkuku, koristeći add_action:

add_action( 'init', 'movies_post_type' );

Koristim movies_post_type(), ali svoju funkciju možete nazvati kako god želite.

Dalje, želimo registrirati 'filmove' kao vrstu posta, koristeći register_post_type()funkciju.

The next chunk of code may look overwhelming, but it’s relatively simple: our function takes a lot of in-built arguments to control the functionality of your new post type, and most of them are self-explanatory. We’ll store these arguments in our $args array.

One of our arguments, labels , can take many different arguments of its own, so we split that off into a separate array, $labels , giving us:

Two of the most important arguments are 'supports' and 'taxomonies' , because these control which of the native post fields will be accessible in our new post type.

In the above code, we’ve opted for just three 'supports':

  • 'title'— the title of each post.
  • 'editor'— the primary text editor, which we’ll use for our description.
  • 'thumbnail'— the post’s featured image.

To see the full list of what’s available, click here for supports, and here for taxonomies.

Generate WordPress also has a handy tool to help you code custom post types, which can make the process a lot quicker.

Changing Title Placeholder Text

If the title placeholder text “enter title here” could be a little misleading for your custom post type, you can edit this in a separate function:

Adding a Custom Field to Your Custom Post Type

What if you want a field that doesn’t come pre-defined by WordPress? For example, let’s say we want a special field called “Genre”. In that case, you’ll need to use add_meta_boxes() .

For, we need to attach a new function to WordPress’s add_meta_boxes hook:

add_action( 'add_meta_boxes', 'genre_meta_box' );

Inside our new function, we need to call WordPress’s add_meta_box() function, like so:

function genre_meta_box() { add_meta_box( 'global-notice', __( 'Genre', 'sitepoint' ), 'genre_meta_box_callback', 'movies', 'side', 'low' );}

You can read more about this function’s arguments here. For our purposes, the most critical part is the callback function, which we’ve named genre_meta_box_callback . This defines the actual contents on the meta box. We only need a simple text input, so we can use:

function genre_meta_box_callback() { global $post; $custom = get_post_custom($post->ID); $genre = $custom["genre"][0]; ?>

Finally, our custom field won’t save its value unless we tell it to. For this purpose, we can define a new function save_genre() and attach it to WordPress’s save_post hook:

function save_genre(){ global $post; update_post_meta($post->ID, "printer_category", $_POST["printer_category"]);};
add_action( 'save_post', 'save_genre' );

Together, the code used to create the custom field should look something like this:

Making Custom Fields Available as JSON

Our custom posts are automatically available as JSON. For our “movies” post type, our JSON data can be found at localhost/yoursitename/wp-json/wp/v2/movies .

However our custom fields are not automatically part of this, and so we need to add a function to make sure they are also accessible via the REST API.

First, we’ll need to attach a new function to the rest_api_init hook:

add_action( 'rest_api_init', 'register_genre_as_rest_field' );

Then, we can use the in-built register_rest_field() function, like so:

function register_genre_as_rest_field() { register_rest_field( 'movies', 'genre', array( 'get_callback' => 'get_genre_meta_field', 'update_callback' => null, 'schema' => null, ) );};

This function takes an array with get and update callback. For a more straightforward use-case like this, we should only need to specify a 'get_callback' :

function get_genre_meta_field( $object, $field_name, $value ) { return get_post_meta($object['id'])[$field_name][0];};

As a whole, here is the code necessary to register a custom field.

Making Featured Image URLs Available as JSON

Out-of-the-box, WordPress’s REST API doesn’t include URL for your featured images. To make it easier to access this, you can use the following code:

The WordPress filter rest_prepare_posts is dynamic, so we can swap in our custom post type in place of “posts”, such as rest_prepare_movies .

Restricting Visible JSON Data

We almost ready to start pulling in data to our React app, but there’s one more quick optimisation we can make, by limiting the data that is made available.

Some data comes as standard which you may never need in your frontend and — if that’s the case — we can remove it using a filter, like this one. You can find the names of the data types by looking at your /wp-json/wp/v2/movies part of your website.

With that done, once you’ve added a few movies using the WordPress backend, and we have everything we need to start bringing the data into React!

Part 3: React

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To fetch external data in JavaScript, you need to use promises. This will likely have implications for the way you want to structure your React components, and in my case (converting an existing React project), I had to re-write a fair amount of code.

Promises in JavaScript

Promises in JavaScript are used to handle asynchronous actions — things that happen outside the usual step-by-step or “synchronous” order of execution (after hoisting).

The good news is that asynchronous JavaScript is a lot easier than it used to be. Before ES6, we were dependent on callback functions. If multiple callbacks were necessary (and they often were), nesting would lead to code that was very difficult to read, scale and debug — a phenomenon sometimes known as callback hell, or the pyramid of doom!

Promises were introduced in ES6 (or ES2015) to solve that problem, and ES8 (or ES2018) saw the introduction of async ... await , two keywords which further simplify asynchronous functionality. But for our purposes, the most critical promise-based method is fetch() .

The Fetch Method

This method has been available since Chrome 40, and it is an easier-to-use alternative to XMLHttpRequest() .

fetch() returns a promise and so it is “then-able”, meaning that you can use the then() method to process the outcome.

You can add fetch to a method inside your React class component, like so:

fetchPostData() { fetch(`//localhost/yoursitename/wp-json/wp/v2/movies?per_page=100`) .then(response => response.json()) .then(myJSON => { // Logic goes here});}

In the code above, two things are important:

  • First, we are calling a URL with the filter ?per_page=100 appended onto the end. By default, WordPress only shows 10 items per page, and I often find myself wanting to increase that limit.
  • Second, before processing our data, we are using the .json() method. This method is used primarily in relation to fetch(), and it returns the data as a promise and parses the body text as JSON.

In most cases, we’ll want to run this function as soon as our React component has mounted, and we can specify this using the componentDidMount() method:

componentDidMount() { this.fetchPostData();}

Handling Promises

Once you have returned a promise, you have to be careful about handling it in the correct context.

When I first tried to use promises, I spent a while trying to pass that data to variables outside of the scope of the promise. Here are a few rules of thumb:

  • In React, the best way to use promises is via the state. You can use this.setState() to pass promise data into your component’s state.
  • It is best to process, sort and re-arrange your data within a series of then() methods following the initial fetch() . Once any processing is complete, it is best practice to add the data to state within your final then() method.
  • If you want to call any additional functions to process your promise (including within render()) it’s good practice to prevent the function from running until the promise has resolved.
  • So, for example, if you’re passing your promise to this.state.data , you can include a conditional within the body of any functions that depend on it, like below. This can prevent annoying unwanted behaviour!
myPromiseMethod() { if (this.state.data) { // process promise here } else { // what to do before the fetch is successful }}

A Working Example in React

Let’s say we want to pull in the name, description, featured_image and genre of the custom WordPress post type we defined in part 1.

In the following example, we’ll fetch those four elements for each movie and render them.

As so often with React tutorials, the following block of code may look intimidating, but I hope it will seem much simpler when we break it down.

constructor(props)

In this method, we call super(props), define our initial state (an empty data object) and bind three new methods:

  • fetchPostData()
  • renderMovies()
  • populatePageAfterFetch()

componentDidMount()

We want to fetch our data as soon as the component has mounted, so we’ll call fetchPostData() in here.

fetchPostData()

We fetch the JSON from our URL, passing .json() in the first .then() method.

In the second .then() method, we extract the four values we want for every movie entry we’ve fetched and then add them to our newState object.

We then use this.setState(newState) to add this information to this.state.data .

renderMovies()

The conditional if (this.state.data) means that the function will only run once data has been fetched.

In here, we take an array of all our fetched movies from this.state.data and pass it to the function populatePageAfterFetch() .

populatePageAfterFetch()

In this function, we prepare the data for each movie to be rendered. This should look straightforward to anyone who’s used JSX, with one potential stumbling block.

The value of movie.description is not plain text, but HTML markup. To display this, we can use dangerouslySetInnerHTML={{__html: movie.description}} .

Note: The reason this is potentially “dangerous” is that, if your data were hijacked to contain malicious XSS scripts, these would be parsed too. As we’re using our own server/CMS in this article, we shouldn’t need to worry. But if you do want to sanitise your HTML, take a look at DOMPurify.

render()

Finally, we control where our rendered data will appear by calling the renderMovies() method within our chosen iv> tags. We’ve now successfully fetched data from our WordPress site and displayed it!

Conclusion

Overall, I hope this article makes the process of connecting a React front-end to a WordPress back-end as painless as possible.

Like so much in programming, what can look intimidating to begin with quickly becomes second nature with practice!

I’d be very interested to hear about your own experiences using WordPress as a headless CMS, and I’m happy to answer any questions in the comments.