Simple Responsive Slider For Sliding Posts/Pages/Whatever Using the WP Rest API

I have a client that wanted their website to be primarily just the home page.  They also want mobile and tablet users to just be able to swipe through the pages.  I found some potential solutions but they were mostly very large, overly complex plugins for a simple need.  I’ve been wanting to dive into the WP API and I found this to be a great opportunity.  This is VERY basic usage of the WP API, but hey, I’m just getting started.  And please read to the bottom if you are knowledgeable of the WP API as I’m a bit confused on why something I tried did not work.

So here is my simple solution for the sliding pages (works for posts and other post_types as well).


First we need to include a slider library.  I went with JSSOR because it works great with loads of features and is easy to get started quickly.

I enqueue this in my themes functions.php file

function theme_scripts() {
    wp_enqueue_script( 'jssor', get_template_directory_uri() . '/js/', array() );
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'theme_scripts' );


Then we have our function for building the slider.  This can be tweaked to your liking, I wanted to have title, featured image and content.  We take in the slider id and height as parameters and we also take in the full url for the WP API request.  We format around the loop through our results with the required JSSOR slider containers.  The jQuery at the bottom is used to make the slider responsive.

 * Build sliders
 function build_sliders( $slider_id, $slider_height, $api_request ) {
'; echo '

' . $slide['title'] . '

'; if( $slide['featured_image'] ) { $thumbnail_id = get_post_thumbnail_id ( $slide['ID'] ); $thumbnail = wp_get_attachment_image_src( $thumbnail_id, 'full' ); echo '

'; echo $slide['content']; } echo '

'; } ?>

Finally we make a simple call to our function.  I placed this in the index.php file in my theme. It could easily be built into a plugin/shortcode.

I wanted pages from a specific page category (I used a plugin to add category options to pages:

WP API Question

When first building this out I wanted to add the featured image src to the WP API response, I found a site through google that explains how to do it.  But for some reason I did not see any data labeled 'featured_image_thumbnail_url' when testing my api calls.  What gives? I used the code below in my functions.php file.

 function my_rest_prepare_post ($data, $post, $request ) {
	$data = $data->data;
	$thumbnail_id = get_post_thumbnail_id ( $post->ID );
	$thumbnail = wp_get_attachment_image_src( $thumbnail_id, 'full' );
	$_data['featured_image_thumbnail_url'] = $thumbnail[0];
	$data->data = $_data;
	return $data;
add_filter( 'rest_prepare_post', 'my_rest_prepare_post', 10, 3 );