WordPress REST API Authentication for Custom built & Third-party plugins

WordPress REST API Authentication for Custom built & Third-party plugins


Have you come across a situation where you need to authenticate the REST API calls to receive the response from the server? In this article, we have covered various use-cases where REST API endpoints need to be authenticated in order to be accessed and send responses in JSON format. This article will help you understand why you need to authenticate Learndash APIs, CoCart APIs, or authenticate any third party or custom built API. Our solution provides many security methods like the most secure OAuth 2.0, JWT token, API Key, and Basic Authentication to secure and protect your REST API endpoints. So without wasting any time, let’s look at some popular use-cases were we need to API Authentication.

Learndash API Authentication


Learndash API Authentication

Learndash is a popular LMS that organizations/ schools/ universities use to provide online education to their students. Learndash provides many REST API endpoints known as Learndash APIs or Leanrdash routes like Courses, Lessons, Questions, Quizzes, Topics, Groups, etc through which data can be retrieved and displayed to the users. But there is a catch, you cannot simply call the Learndash API and retrieve the data because you need to Authenticate and authorize the REST API calls in order to receive the response from the Learndash LMS else anyone can directly access which will results into data leakage.

Learndash API can be accessed using our WordPress REST API Authentication plugin which provides authentication methods like the most secure OAuth 2.0 which can support both Password Grant and Client Credentials Grant, JWT, API Key Authentication, Basic Authentication with username: password and client-id: client-secret, through which you can authenticate the Learndash REST API call and retrieve the data and display to the end-user.

WordPress REST API Authentication plugin will make sure that no data is leaked during transmission and the course data, quizzes, Questions, and Lessons are protected and secured, and only authenticated users are allowed to access after the exchange of tokens.

WooCommerce API Authentication


WooCommerce API Authentication

If you want to bring your business to WordPress WooCommerce to increase sales and revenue for your company then you must have a look at miniOrange WordPress REST API authentication to secure the WooCommerce REST endpoints because by default WooCommerce gives basic authentication using the sensitive consumer credentials which might be easy to crack and get access to sensitive user details hence leading your Woocommerce store open to do anything but with miniOrange WordPress REST API Authentication plugin you will be able to secure the REST endpoints with methods like OAuth 2.0 containing Password Grant and Client Credentials Grant, JWT, API Key Authentication, Basic Authentication with username: password and client-id: client-secret

If you have stored your product data in a different database other than provided by WooCommerce then miniOrange Custom API for WordPress will help you to sync the product details into your store so that WooCommerce products remain in sync.

You can also connect the WordPress WooCommerce store to external third-party inventory from where you can sync WooCommerce stocks to your e-store. If you have an external warehouse/inventory mangament system from which you want to sync products to WooCommerce using WooCommerce REST endpoints, then our plugin Custom API for WordPress will help you achieve that with WooCommerce Product sync addon.

CoCart API Authentication

WooCommerce by default is designed for Gutenberg Blocks which works on Nonces and Cookies but Cocart is used to build headless WooCommerce site where No Cookies and No Nonces are used.


CoCart API Authentication

Why should we use API Authentication for Cocart REST endpoints?

The Cocart REST API endpoints are designed in such a way that it requires user authentication and authorization in order to get its data in the API response, as each cart is associated to a user in the Woocommerce, hence unless we provide the some user based security token, the response will be failure.

So, our WordPress REST API Authentication plugin helps you with the user based security token which you can pass the plugin will take care of rest of the things to help you access your Cocart data.

To secure the API calls to Cocart REST APIs we recommend to user miniOrange REST API Authentication plugin which give various security features to protect and secure REST APIs by providing access only after successful validation. Our Plugin provides security methods OAuth 2.0 which supports both Password Grant and Client Credentials Grant, JWT, API Key Authentication, Basic Authentication with username: password and client-id: client-secret to protect the Cocart REST APIs.

BuddyPress API Authentication

If you are developing a website with the help of BuddyPress then anyone with a little knowledge of BuddyPress endpoints can access the user data by easily visiting the BuddyPress REST endpoints. REST endpoints like /api/buddypress/v1/members/{user_id} can be accessed if you don’t protect and secure them.


BuddyPress API Authentication

BuddyPress REST API will also allow you to send data from WordPress to client application (Mobile app, some other third-party app) in a easy to read and modify JSON format. BuddyPress REST APIs can be easily used to structure the way data is going into BP or coming out from BuddyPress.

The problem arises with the authentication method that is implemented by default which is Cookie authentication method. Cookie Authentication is not the safest authentication method in the industry. Our plugin, miniOrange WordPress REST API authentication will allow you to use authentication methods like OAuth 2.0 which can support both Password Grant and Client Credentials Grant, JWT, API Key Authentication, Basic Authentication with username: password and client-id: client-secret to authenticate the BuddyPress REST API calls and allow access only after successful validation. This will secure and protect the BuddyPress REST API.


Custom Built APIs using WordPress functions:

If you have built your own REST APIs endpoints using WordPress rest_api_init or register_rest_route functionalities. So, by default thse custom built APIs are open to public access which will lead your precious data vulnerable to attacks and data leakage. Our plugin WordPress REST API authentication will allow you to secure these API and keep them protected from public access as users will need a security token to access the data via API only after the successful authentication of the token.

This plugin allows you to authenticate the custom built REST Routes and keep them secure and protected with methods like OAuth 2.0, JWT token, API Key, and Basic Authentication.

Our USP is the frequent updates that we provide and our world-class customer support. We ponder over suggestions and feedbacks that we receive from our customers and we act accordingly on them.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out at apisupport@xecurify.com

Recommended Plugins

WordPress REST API Authentication plugin provides the security for unauthorized access to your WordPress REST APIs. It provides you with a variety of authentication methods like Basic Authentication, API Key Authentication, OAuth 2.0 Authentication, JWT Authentication.

 Tested with 5.9.2

This plugin allows you to create custom endpoints/REST routes to fetch/modify/create/delete data with an easy-to-use graphical interface and with the custom SQL queries as well. Also, the plugin provides the feature to integrate external API into your WordPress site with third-party platforms.

 Tested with 5.9.2

Custom Requirements

We at miniOrange have covered some important use-cases where REST API Authentication is required and recommended but if you feel that you require some additional information or you need to authenticate some other REST APIs then reach out to us apisupport@xecurify.com and we will revert back to you in under 24 hours to understand your detailed use-case and make the customizations according to your requirement.
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