Build a Mobile App with the WordPress REST API and Ionic
Ionic is a mobile UI framework, helping people build awesome mobile apps more easily.
It works great with WordPress as a back-end for your mobile app data, in this article we’ll build a mobile app with Ionic that uses WordPress data. This tutorial is for developers, if you are not comfortable with code, you may not get much out of it.
Ionic allows you to add elements to your app such as menus, page transitions, modal windows, and handle your data with pre-built “drop-in” components. It is built on AngularJS, although it abstracts much of the complexity of Angular away, and makes it easier to use. Over 600,000 apps have been built with Ionic, and they just released version 1.0 a few days ago.
Mobile apps built with Ionic can be published on iOS and Android, and more platforms are coming soon. Ionic apps are super fast, beautifully designed, and a pleasure to use.
Hybrid apps have admittedly been terrible in the past, but Ionic, along with advancements in device technology, are changing that quickly. Using a well-built Ionic app on a modern device is almost indistinguishable from a native app in many cases.
Where does WordPress come in?
WordPress is the most popular content publishing system on the web, it comprises 24% of the entire internet. Mobile apps need somewhere to store data, and WordPress is where 24% of website data lies. Using Ionic with WordPress is an important integration for any developer.
A new development in WordPress is the WP-API, which allows you to output your site content into a standardized JSON API. Since mobile apps normally use an API to get remote data, using the WP-API is a great way to get your WordPress data into a mobile app.
Let’s look at how to use the WP-API in an Ionic mobile app.