Make your WordPress Blog a Web Service in Few Steps

With PHP DataServices it is just a matter of putting a little configuration php file to make your database available as a web service. I only needed few minutes to make a simple web service from my blog after figuring out my wordpress database structure, In this guide, I m exposing the title, date and the content of each of my blog for my service, But you can extend this more the way you prefer.

  1. Download and install WSF/PHP 1.3.2 and PHP Data Services Library. If WSF/PHP 2.0 released by the time you are reading this, (it is to be released in this week), you only need to install WSF/PHP, since the DataServices library is packed with WSF/PHP from 2.0.
  2. Drop the following file (Say WordPressService.php) in to any of your web server document directories.
    // Make sure you put the DataService.php in your include path
    // database configuraitons
    // you have to set your database configurations in here..
    // These entries can be copy and past from the wp-config.php in your wordpress installation
    $config = array(
    "db" => "mysql",
    "password"=> DB_PASSWORD,
    // output format, plese check the API from
    $outputFormat = array("resultElement" => "Posts",
    "rowElement" => "post",
    "elements" => array( "title" => "post_title",
    "content" => "post_content",
    "date" => "post_date"));
    // sql statment to execute, note that I assume the table prefix is wp_ (so the table name is wp_posts)
    // just check $table_prefix variable in the wp-config.php of your wordpress installation
    $sql="select post_title, post_content, post_date from wp_posts where post_status='published'";
    // operations is consist of inputFormat (optional), outputFormat(required), sql(sql), input_mapping(optional)
    $operations = array("getPosts"=>array("outputFormat"=>$outputFormat, "sql"=>$sql));
    $my_data_service = new DataService(array("config"=>$config,"operations"=>$operations));
  3. It is all. Just access the above file from a web browser, you see your service is hosted. Here is the endpoint for my service. Since I m using WSF/PHP latest svn, I m able to retrieve the wsdl automatically from Please wait for WSF/PHP 2.0 release for ?wsdl feature.
  4. To verify whether your service deployed correctly, you may need to write a simple test client. Yea I too wrote one. Since I have the wsdl generated, I just needed to generate the code for the client from the wsdl using wsdl2php tool. There is an online version of the tool in the wsf/php demo site. Here is the generated code for my client, I added the following code to the TODO section in handling response,
        if(is_array($response->post)) {
            foreach($response->post as $post) {
                echo "<h2>".$post->title . " - ".$post->date."</h2>";
                echo "<p>";
                echo $post->content;
                echo "</p>";
                echo "<hr/>";

    Check my Web Service client for the above service here,

Now I can call for my blog from any web service enabled platform.

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4 Responses to Make your WordPress Blog a Web Service in Few Steps

  1. Gopinath M says:

    Thank you very much for the nice article. It would have been better if you explained how to install WSF/PHP & Data Services.

    As a newbie of PHP, I’m struggling alot to understand installation of WSF/PHP & Data Services on my word press library.

    If possible can you please quickly drop a mail with steps required for installation of WSF/PHP & Data Services on a shared hosting environment.

    Thank you very much in advance.

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  3. dimuthu says:

    Hi Gopinath,
    Please check my blog on Install PHP, WSF/PHP and DataServices in a Shared Hosting Environment for a step by step guide to install your custom php with wsf/php and DataService libraries in a shared host.


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