How to call a REST endpoint when a post is published?

The question:

I need to make WordPress call a specific REST endpoint when a new post is published, passing the most important post data via JSON.

I found a plugin, HookPress, that apparently did just that by letting you configure webhooks for various events. Unfortunately it has not been updated in over 2 years and does not work with recent versions of WordPress (>4.6).

Is there any way I can achieve this?

The Solutions:

Below are the methods you can try. The first solution is probably the best. Try others if the first one doesn’t work. Senior developers aren’t just copying/pasting – they read the methods carefully & apply them wisely to each case.

Method 1

You don’t have to write a new plugin. You can either add the code to your theme’s functions.php file, or create a child theme.

To wrap your data in a JSON format, you can use the json_encode function. Hook into the post when it’s published, and send the data. In the following function, i will send the post’s title, excerpt and featured image URL to the endpoint.

add_action('publish_post', 'call_the_endpoint',10,2);
function call_the_endpoint($post_id, $post){
    // Define an empty array
    $data = array();
    // Store the title into the array
    $data['title'] = get_the_title();
    // If there is a post thumbnail, get the link
    if (has_post_thumbnail()) {
        $data['thumbnail'] = get_the_post_thumbnail_url( get_the_ID(),'thumbnail' );
    // Get the excerpt and save it into the array
    $data['excerpt'] = get_the_excerpt();
    // Encode the data to be sent
    $json_data = json_encode($data);
    // Initiate the cURL
    $url = curl_init('YOUR API URL HERE');
    curl_setopt($url, CURLOPT_CUSTOMREQUEST, "POST");
    curl_setopt($url, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $json_data);
    curl_setopt($url, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
    curl_setopt($url, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, array(
        'Content-Type: application/json',
        'Content-Length: ' . strlen($json_data))
    // The results of our request, to use later if we want.
    $result = curl_exec($url);

It would be possible to write an accurate answer if you could provide more information about your API and how you interact with it. However this was a simple example for you to know how to use the publish_post hook to achieve what you are looking for.

Method 2

You can use a post status transition hook. In this case, it sounds like {status}_{post_type} may be the most fitting. Assuming you’re talking about Posts:

/* Plugin Name: Publish to REST
Description: Whenever a Post is published, WP will call a REST endpoint.
add_action('publish_post', 'wpse_send_rest_data', 10, 2);
function wpse_send_rest_data($ID, $post) {
    // Add your code to call the REST endpoint here.
    // The $post object is available so you can send post details.
    // Example: $post->post_title will give you the title.
    // $post->post_excerpt will give you an excerpt.
    // get_permalink($post) will give you the permalink.

In this case, any time a post of type “Post” transitions to “Publish” status (could be brand-new, or an update, or a scheduled post) your custom function will be executed. This type of code is probably most suited to a custom plugin, since presumably even if you change the theme at some point you’ll still want to make your custom REST call.

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