GET /sites/$site/posts/

Get a list of matching posts.

Resource Information

   
Method GET
URL https://public-api.wordpress.com/rest/v1.1/sites/$site/posts/
Requires authentication? No

Method Parameters

Parameter Type Description
$site (int|string) Site ID or domain

Query Parameters

Parameter Type Description
context (string)
display:
(default) Formats the output as HTML for display. Shortcodes are parsed, paragraph tags are added, etc..
edit:
Formats the output for editing. Shortcodes are left unparsed, significant whitespace is kept, etc..
http_envelope (bool)
false:
(default)
true:
Some environments (like in-browser JavaScript or Flash) block or divert responses with a non-200 HTTP status code. Setting this parameter will force the HTTP status code to always be 200. The JSON response is wrapped in an "envelope" containing the "real" HTTP status code and headers.
pretty (bool)
false:
(default)
true:
Output pretty JSON
meta (string) Optional. Loads data from the endpoints found in the 'meta' part of the response. Comma-separated list. Example: meta=site,likes
fields (string) Optional. Returns specified fields only. Comma-separated list. Example: fields=ID,title
callback (string) An optional JSONP callback function.
number (int) The number of posts to return. Limit: 100. Default: 20.
offset (int) 0-indexed offset.
page (int) Return the Nth 1-indexed page of posts. Takes precedence over the offset parameter.
page_handle (string) A page handle, returned from a previous API call as a meta.next_page property. This is the most efficient way to fetch the next page of results.
order (string)
DESC:
(default) Return posts in descending order. For dates, that means newest to oldest.
ASC:
Return posts in ascending order. For dates, that means oldest to newest.
order_by (string)
date:
(default) Order by the created time of each post.
modified:
Order by the modified time of each post.
title:
Order lexicographically by the posts' titles.
comment_count:
Order by the number of comments for each post.
ID:
Order by post ID.
after (iso 8601 datetime) Return posts dated after the specified datetime.
before (iso 8601 datetime) Return posts dated before the specified datetime.
modified_after (iso 8601 datetime) Return posts modified after the specified datetime.
modified_before (iso 8601 datetime) Return posts modified before the specified datetime.
tag (string) Specify the tag name or slug.
category (string) Specify the category name or slug.
term (object) Specify comma-separated term slugs to search within, indexed by taxonomy slug.
type (string) Specify the post type. Defaults to 'post', use 'any' to query for both posts and pages. Post types besides post and page need to be whitelisted using the rest_api_allowed_post_types filter.
parent_id (int) Returns only posts which are children of the specified post. Applies only to hierarchical post types.
exclude (array|int) Excludes the specified post ID(s) from the response
exclude_tree (int) Excludes the specified post and all of its descendants from the response. Applies only to hierarchical post types.
status (string) Comma-separated list of statuses for which to query, including any of: "publish", "private", "draft", "pending", "future", and "trash", or simply "any". Defaults to "publish"
sticky (string)
include:
(default) Sticky posts are not excluded from the list.
exclude:
Sticky posts are excluded from the list.
require:
Only include sticky posts
author (int) Author's user ID
search (string) Search query
meta_key (string) Metadata key that the post should contain
meta_value (string) Metadata value that the post should contain. Will only be applied if a `meta_key` is also given

Response Parameters

Parameter Type Description
found (int) The total number of posts found that match the request (ignoring limits, offsets, and pagination).
posts (array) An array of post objects.
meta (object) Meta data

Resource Errors

These are the possible errors returned by this endpoint.

HTTP Code Error Identifier Error Message
400 invalid_field Invalid API FIELD
403 unauthorized User cannot access this private blog.
403 unauthorized User cannot access this restricted blog
400 invalid_context Invalid API CONTEXT
404 invalid_meta_key Invalid meta key
404 unknown_post_type Unknown post type
400 invalid_number The NUMBER parameter must be less than or equal to 100.

Example

curl 'https://public-api.wordpress.com/rest/v1.1/sites/en.blog.wordpress.com/posts/?number=2'
<?php
$options  = array (
  'http' => 
  array (
    'ignore_errors' => true,
  ),
);

$context  = stream_context_create( $options );
$response = file_get_contents(
	'https://public-api.wordpress.com/rest/v1.1/sites/en.blog.wordpress.com/posts/?number=2',
	false,
	$context
);
$response = json_decode( $response );
?>

Response

{
    "found": 1506,
    "posts": [
        {
            "ID": 43333,
            "site_ID": 3584907,
            "author": {
                "ID": 177071748,
                "login": "shaktimb",
                "email": false,
                "name": "Shakti Mb",
                "first_name": "Shakti",
                "last_name": "Mb",
                "nice_name": "shaktimb",
                "URL": "http:\/\/test92travel.wordpress.com",
                "avatar_URL": "https:\/\/0.gravatar.com\/avatar\/c1e06475bf3496e81c1925d90d7c890a?s=96&d=retro",
                "profile_URL": "https:\/\/en.gravatar.com\/shaktimb",
                "site_ID": 170534264
            },
            "date": "2020-09-23T10:00:48+00:00",
            "modified": "2020-09-23T10:00:48+00:00",
            "title": "A Better Way to Discover Blogs and Get Inspired",
            "URL": "http:\/\/en.blog.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/23\/discover-blogs-get-inspired-wordpress-reader\/",
            "short_URL": "https:\/\/wp.me\/pf2B5-bgV",
            "content": "\n<p class=\"has-drop-cap\">WordPress is home to millions of sites across countless topics. It’s a big and beautiful world, and we want to make it easier for you to discover new voices. Over the past few months, the mobile team has been working hard to improve the experience of your WordPress Reader on the mobile app. In particular, we\u2019ve been exploring different ways for you to discover new blogs and find inspiration.<\/p>\n\n\n\n<p>The new <strong>Discover<\/strong> tab on your Reader will recommend blogs and posts based on topics you follow. These changes give you more control over what you see, making it easier for you to find interesting voices, while also giving you and your site the opportunity to find a bigger audience.&nbsp;<\/p>\n\n\n\n<figure class=\"wp-block-image size-large\"><a href=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/top-shot-4.png\"><img data-attachment-id=\"43356\" data-permalink=\"http:\/\/en.blog.wordpress.com\/top-shot-4\/\" data-orig-file=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/top-shot-4.png\" data-orig-size=\"4416,3900\" data-comments-opened=\"1\" data-image-meta=\"{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}\" data-image-title=\"top-shot-4\" data-image-description=\"\" data-medium-file=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/top-shot-4.png?w=300\" data-large-file=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/top-shot-4.png?w=1024\" src=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/top-shot-4.png?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-43356\" srcset=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/top-shot-4.png?w=1024 1024w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/top-shot-4.png?w=2048 2048w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/top-shot-4.png?w=150 150w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/top-shot-4.png?w=300 300w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/top-shot-4.png?w=768 768w\" sizes=\"(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px\" \/><\/a><\/figure>\n\n\n\n<h3>How it works<\/h3>\n\n\n\n<p>Add appropriate <a href=\"https:\/\/wordpress.com\/support\/posts\/categories-vs-tags\/\">tags and categories<\/a> when drafting your blog posts \u2014 this helps us recommend your posts to the right audience.&nbsp;<\/p>\n\n\n\n<p>The topics you now see in your improved Reader are a combination of tags and categories. If you want to find interesting blogs, follow topics you care about. The Discover tab will then show you recommended blogs and posts based on those topics.<\/p>\n\n\n\n<figure class=\"wp-block-image size-large\"><a href=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/discover-feed-2.png\"><img data-attachment-id=\"43357\" data-permalink=\"http:\/\/en.blog.wordpress.com\/discover-feed-2\/\" data-orig-file=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/discover-feed-2.png\" data-orig-size=\"4416,3900\" data-comments-opened=\"1\" data-image-meta=\"{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}\" data-image-title=\"discover-feed-2\" data-image-description=\"\" data-medium-file=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/discover-feed-2.png?w=300\" data-large-file=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/discover-feed-2.png?w=1024\" src=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/discover-feed-2.png?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-43357\" srcset=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/discover-feed-2.png?w=1024 1024w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/discover-feed-2.png?w=2048 2048w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/discover-feed-2.png?w=150 150w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/discover-feed-2.png?w=300 300w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/discover-feed-2.png?w=768 768w\" sizes=\"(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px\" \/><\/a><\/figure>\n\n\n\n<p>Each post on the Discover tab has a list of topics on top. If you want to go deeper into a topic, tap on it to see a feed of blog posts from that specific topic.<\/p>\n\n\n\n<figure class=\"wp-block-image size-large\"><a href=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-chips.png\"><img data-attachment-id=\"43337\" data-permalink=\"http:\/\/en.blog.wordpress.com\/topic-chips\/\" data-orig-file=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-chips.png\" data-orig-size=\"4416,798\" data-comments-opened=\"1\" data-image-meta=\"{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}\" data-image-title=\"topic-chips\" data-image-description=\"\" data-medium-file=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-chips.png?w=300\" data-large-file=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-chips.png?w=1024\" src=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-chips.png?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-43337\" srcset=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-chips.png?w=1024 1024w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-chips.png?w=2048 2048w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-chips.png?w=150 150w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-chips.png?w=300 300w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-chips.png?w=768 768w\" sizes=\"(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px\" \/><\/a><\/figure>\n\n\n\n<p>If you\u2019d like to see more posts from a particular topic on your Discover feed, tap the <strong>Follow<\/strong> button from that topic feed.<\/p>\n\n\n\n<figure class=\"wp-block-image size-large\"><a href=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-feed-1.png\"><img data-attachment-id=\"43344\" data-permalink=\"http:\/\/en.blog.wordpress.com\/topic-feed-1\/\" data-orig-file=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-feed-1.png\" data-orig-size=\"4416,2649\" data-comments-opened=\"1\" data-image-meta=\"{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}\" data-image-title=\"topic-feed-1\" data-image-description=\"\" data-medium-file=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-feed-1.png?w=300\" data-large-file=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-feed-1.png?w=1024\" src=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-feed-1.png?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-43344\" srcset=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-feed-1.png?w=1024 1024w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-feed-1.png?w=2048 2048w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-feed-1.png?w=150 150w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-feed-1.png?w=300 300w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/topic-feed-1.png?w=768 768w\" sizes=\"(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px\" \/><\/a><\/figure>\n\n\n\n<p>Soon we\u2019ll be rolling out improvements to posts on the Reader as well. To give blog posts more room to shine, the featured image will be more prominent.&nbsp;<\/p>\n\n\n\n<figure class=\"wp-block-image size-large\"><a href=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/post-detail-view.png\"><img data-attachment-id=\"43340\" data-permalink=\"http:\/\/en.blog.wordpress.com\/post-detail-view\/\" data-orig-file=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/post-detail-view.png\" data-orig-size=\"4902,2250\" data-comments-opened=\"1\" data-image-meta=\"{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}\" data-image-title=\"post-detail-view\" data-image-description=\"\" data-medium-file=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/post-detail-view.png?w=300\" data-large-file=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/post-detail-view.png?w=1024\" src=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/post-detail-view.png?w=1024\" alt=\"\" class=\"wp-image-43340\" srcset=\"https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/post-detail-view.png?w=1024 1024w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/post-detail-view.png?w=2048 2048w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/post-detail-view.png?w=150 150w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/post-detail-view.png?w=300 300w, https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/post-detail-view.png?w=768 768w\" sizes=\"(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px\" \/><\/a><\/figure>\n\n\n\n<p>If you\u2019d like to try the new Discover tab, make sure you update your WordPress app to the latest version. If you don\u2019t have the app yet, <a href=\"https:\/\/apps.wordpress.com\/mobile\/\">you can download it for free, on both Android and iOS<\/a>. We\u2019d love to hear your thoughts on the new experience. For specific feedback on the updates, reach out to us from within the app by going to <strong>My Site,<\/strong> tapping your photo on the top right, tapping <strong>Help &amp; Support<\/strong> \u2192 and then selecting <strong>Contact Support.<\/strong><\/p>\n",
            "excerpt": "<p>Today, we\u2019re announcing improvements to WordPress Reader on your mobile app.<\/p>\n",
            "slug": "discover-blogs-get-inspired-wordpress-reader",
            "guid": "http:\/\/en.blog.wordpress.com\/?p=43333",
            "status": "publish",
            "sticky": false,
            "password": "",
            "parent": false,
            "type": "post",
            "discussion": {
                "comments_open": true,
                "comment_status": "open",
                "pings_open": false,
                "ping_status": "",
                "comment_count": 20
            },
            "likes_enabled": true,
            "sharing_enabled": true,
            "like_count": 745,
            "i_like": false,
            "is_reblogged": false,
            "is_following": false,
            "global_ID": "9604dd66e3f957038314b1000959b035",
            "featured_image": "https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/frame-1311.png",
            "post_thumbnail": {
                "ID": 43355,
                "URL": "https:\/\/en-blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/frame-1311.png",
                "guid": "http:\/\/en.blog.files.wordpress.com\/2020\/09\/frame-1311.png",
                "mime_type": "image\/png",
                "width": 4995,
                "height": 2031
            },
            "format": "standard",
            "geo": false,
            "menu_order": 0,
            "page_template": "",
            "publicize_URLs": [],
            "terms": {
                "category": {
                    "Better Blogging": {
                        "ID": 172474,
                        "name": "Better Blogging",
                        "slug": "better-blogging",
                        "description": "",
                        "post_count": 102,
                        "parent": 0,
                        "meta": {
                            "links": {
                                "self": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/categories\/slug:better-blogging",
                                "help": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/categories\/slug:better-blogging\/help",
                                "site": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907"
                            }
                        }
                    },
                    "Community": {
                        "ID": 2528,
                        "name": "Community",
                        "slug": "community",
                        "description": "",
                        "post_count": 348,
                        "parent": 0,
                        "meta": {
                            "links": {
                                "self": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/categories\/slug:community",
                                "help": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/categories\/slug:community\/help",
                                "site": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907"
                            }
                        }
                    },
                    "Design": {
                        "ID": 148,
                        "name": "Design",
                        "slug": "design",
                        "description": "",
                        "post_count": 71,
                        "parent": 0,
                        "meta": {
                            "links": {
                                "self": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/categories\/slug:design",
                                "help": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/categories\/slug:design\/help",
                                "site": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907"
                            }
                        }
                    },
                    "Mobile": {
                        "ID": 120,
                        "name": "Mobile",
                        "slug": "mobile",
                        "description": "",
                        "post_count": 54,
                        "parent": 0,
                        "meta": {
                            "links": {
                                "self": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/categories\/slug:mobile",
                                "help": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/categories\/slug:mobile\/help",
                                "site": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907"
                            }
                        }
                    },
                    "Reading": {
                        "ID": 1473,
                        "name": "Reading",
                        "slug": "reading",
                        "description": "",
                        "post_count": 44,
                        "parent": 0,
                        "meta": {
                            "links": {
                                "self": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/categories\/slug:reading",
                                "help": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/categories\/slug:reading\/help",
                                "site": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907"
                            }
                        }
                    },
                    "WordPress": {
                        "ID": 33,
                        "name": "WordPress",
                        "slug": "wordpress",
                        "description": "",
                        "post_count": 70,
                        "parent": 0,
                        "meta": {
                            "links": {
                                "self": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/categories\/slug:wordpress",
                                "help": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/categories\/slug:wordpress\/help",
                                "site": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907"
                            }
                        }
                    },
                    "WordPress.com": {
                        "ID": 53,
                        "name": "WordPress.com",
                        "slug": "wordpress-com",
                        "description": "",
                        "post_count": 364,
                        "parent": 0,
                        "meta": {
                            "links": {
                                "self": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/categories\/slug:wordpress-com",
                                "help": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/categories\/slug:wordpress-com\/help",
                                "site": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907"
                            }
                        }
                    }
                },
                "post_tag": {
                    "WordPress.com Reader": {
                        "ID": 79269618,
                        "name": "WordPress.com Reader",
                        "slug": "wordpress-com-reader",
                        "description": "",
                        "post_count": 8,
                        "meta": {
                            "links": {
                                "self": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/tags\/slug:wordpress-com-reader",
                                "help": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/tags\/slug:wordpress-com-reader\/help",
                                "site": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907"
                            }
                        }
                    }
                },
                "post_format": {},
                "mentions": {}
            },
            "tags": {
                "WordPress.com Reader": {
                    "ID": 79269618,
                    "name": "WordPress.com Reader",
                    "slug": "wordpress-com-reader",
                    "description": "",
                    "post_count": 8,
                    "meta": {
                        "links": {
                            "self": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/tags\/slug:wordpress-com-reader",
                            "help": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/tags\/slug:wordpress-com-reader\/help",
                            "site": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907"
                        }
                    }
                }
            },
            "categories": {
                "Better Blogging": {
                    "ID": 172474,
                    "name": "Better Blogging",
                    "slug": "better-blogging",
                    "description": "",
                    "post_count": 102,
                    "parent": 0,
                    "meta": {
                        "links": {
                            "self": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/categories\/slug:better-blogging",
                            "help": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907\/categories\/slug:better-blogging\/help",
                            "site": "https:\/\/public-api.wordpress.com\/rest\/v1.1\/sites\/3584907"
                        }
                    }
                },
                "Community": {
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In the interest of transparency, this post provides more details on the decisions we made and answers questions that readers may have on the topic. We hope that this will benefit other organizations that are in a similar position to Automattic. We welcome feedback and are happy to answer any other questions you may have.<\/p>\n\n\n\n<p><strong>The decision:<\/strong> For 2020, we decided to purchase offsets from <a href=\"http:\/\/www.simoshi.org\">Simoshi<\/a> via <a href=\"https:\/\/offset.climateneutralnow.org\/\">the United Nations\u2019 offset platform<\/a>. These offsets are produced by improving the efficiency of cooking stoves in Ugandan schools. Emission reductions are achieved by using less wood to cook the same amount of food. This project also has third-party certification from the <a href=\"https:\/\/www.goldstandard.org\/\">Gold Standard<\/a>, and it contributes to nine of <a href=\"https:\/\/sustainabledevelopment.un.org\/sdgs\">the United Nations\u2019 Sustainable Development Goals<\/a>, including <em>No Poverty<\/em>, <em>Quality Education<\/em>, and <em>Gender Equality<\/em>. See <a href=\"https:\/\/offset.climateneutralnow.org\/institutional-improved-cook-stoves-for-schools-and-institutions-in-uganda\">the project page<\/a> and the following video for more details:<\/p>\n\n\n\n<figure class=\"wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-vimeo wp-block-embed-vimeo wp-embed-aspect-16-9 wp-has-aspect-ratio\"><div class=\"wp-block-embed__wrapper\">\n<div class=\"embed-vimeo\"><\/iframe><\/div>\n<\/div><\/figure>\n\n\n\n<p><strong>Why did we choose this project? <\/strong>Anyone who\u2019s tried to purchase offsets knows that it can be complicated. 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This led us to conclude that approximately half of our data center energy use is covered by renewables paid for by the data center providers. For the other data centers, we used our servers\u2019 power consumption logs to get the estimated power used over a period of one year. We then multiplied these figures by 1.5 to obtain a conservative estimate that accounts for <a href=\"https:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/Power_usage_effectiveness\">power usage effectiveness<\/a>. Using a variety of resources on grid carbon intensity, such as those published by <a href=\"https:\/\/www.epa.gov\/egrid\/emissions-generation-resource-integrated-database-egrid\">the American Environmental Protection Agency<\/a> and <a href=\"https:\/\/www.eea.europa.eu\/data-and-maps\/daviz\/co2-emission-intensity-5#tab-googlechartid_chart_11_filters=%7B%22rowFilters%22%3A%7B%7D%3B%22columnFilters%22%3A%7B%22pre_config_ugeo%22%3A%5B%22European%20Union%20(current%20composition)%22%5D%7D%7D\">the European Environment Agency<\/a>, we converted these power use estimates to emission estimates. This gave us an overall figure of 1,850 tonnes of CO<sub>2<\/sub>e<strong> <\/strong>for 2020.<\/p>\n\n\n\n<p><strong>Why offset rather than reduce emissions?<\/strong> We are aware that offsetting is an imperfect solution. Ideally, we would source all our energy from renewables. In a perfect world, it wouldn\u2019t even be possible to buy energy generated by burning fossil fuels. However, given the current reality, setting our own price on carbon and offsetting non-renewable data center emissions is a good temporary solution. This also gives us a financial incentive to work with providers and shift toward greener data centers. In fact, this sort of shift happened last year when we changed our main European data center to a provider that operates on 100% renewables.<strong> <\/strong>We hope to continue making such changes in coming years, i.e., reducing emissions where feasible and offsetting the rest.<\/p>\n\n\n\n<p><strong>Why aren\u2019t we doing more? <\/strong>From watching the climate action space, it seems like every announcement is greeted with demands to do more. This is a positive thing \u2014 society should hold companies accountable for their actions. 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