GET /freshly-pressed/

Get a list of Freshly Pressed posts.

Resource URL

Type URL and Format
GET https://public-api.wordpress.com/rest/v1.1/freshly-pressed/

Query Parameters

Parameter Type Description
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. Default: 10. Limit: 40. Default: 10.
after (iso 8601 datetime) Return posts picked on or after the specified datetime.
before (iso 8601 datetime) Return posts picked on or before the specified datetime.
content_width (int) When in context=display, images/embeds in post content will be set to the desired maximum width. Default: 480.
thumb_width (int) Desired width of thumbnail images, in pixels. Default: 252.
thumb_height (int) Desired height of thumbnail images, in pixels. Default: 160.

Response Parameters

Parameter Type Description
ID (int) The post ID.
site_ID (int) The site ID.
author (object) The author of the post.
date (iso 8601 datetime) The post's creation time.
modified (iso 8601 datetime) The post's most recent update time.
title (html) context dependent.
URL (url) The full permalink URL to the post.
short_URL (url) The wp.me short URL.
content (html) context dependent.
excerpt (html) context dependent.
slug (string) The name (slug) for the post, used in URLs.
guid (string) The GUID for the post.
status (string)
publish:
The post is published.
draft:
The post is saved as a draft.
pending:
The post is pending editorial approval.
private:
The post is published privately
future:
The post is scheduled for future publishing.
trash:
The post is in the trash.
auto-draft:
The post is a placeholder for a new post.
sticky (bool) Is the post sticky?
password (string) The plaintext password protecting the post, or, more likely, the empty string if the post is not password protected.
parent (object|false) A reference to the post's parent, if it has one.
type (string) The post's post_type. Post types besides post, page and revision need to be whitelisted using the rest_api_allowed_post_types filter.
comments_open (bool) Is the post open for comments?
pings_open (bool) Is the post open for pingbacks, trackbacks?
likes_enabled (bool) Is the post open to likes?
sharing_enabled (bool) Should sharing buttons show on this post?
comment_count (int) The number of comments for this post.
like_count (int) The number of likes for this post.
i_like (bool) Does the current user like this post?
is_reblogged (bool) Did the current user reblog this post?
is_following (bool) Is the current user following this blog?
global_ID (string) A unique WordPress.com-wide representation of a post.
featured_image (url) The URL to the featured image for this post if it has one.
post_thumbnail (object) The attachment object for the featured image if it has one.
format (string)
standard:
Standard
aside:
Aside
chat:
Chat
gallery:
Gallery
link:
Link
image:
Image
quote:
Quote
status:
Status
video:
Video
audio:
Audio
geo (object|false)
menu_order (int) (Pages Only) The order pages should appear in.
publicize_URLs (array) Array of Twitter and Facebook URLs published by this post.
tags (object) Hash of tags (keyed by tag name) applied to the post.
categories (object) Hash of categories (keyed by category name) applied to the post.
attachments (object) Hash of post attachments (keyed by attachment ID).
metadata (array) Array of post metadata keys and values. All unprotected meta keys are available by default for read requests. Both unprotected and protected meta keys are available for authenticated requests with access. Protected meta keys can be made available with the rest_api_allowed_public_metadata filter.
meta (object) API result meta data
current_user_can (object) List of permissions. Note, deprecated in favor of `capabilities`
capabilities (object) List of post-specific permissions for the user; publish_post, edit_post, delete_post
date_range (object) date range covered by current results.
number (int) The number of posts brought back by current query.
posts (array) An array of post objects, with added Freshly Pressed info, in the editorial property for each post.

Example

cURL

curl 'https://public-api.wordpress.com/rest/v1/freshly-pressed/?number=2&pretty=1'

PHP

<?php

$options  = array (
  'http' => 
  array (
    'ignore_errors' => true,
  ),
);

$context  = stream_context_create( $options );
$response = file_get_contents(
  'https://public-api.wordpress.com/rest/v1/freshly-pressed/?number=2&pretty=1',
  false,
  $context
);
$response = json_decode( $response );

?>

Response Body

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        "oldest": "2015-03-02T17:02:02+00:00"
    },
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    "posts": [
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                "email": false,
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                "profile_URL": "http:\/\/en.gravatar.com\/jbohart",
                "site_ID": 57141769
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            "title": "Thank you, Lance Armstrong (an ode to liberation theology)",
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A sampling of covers from 2001-2004.<\/p><\/div>\n<p>There was no\u00a0getting around the\u00a0glory. \u00a0And I, on the verge of serving in the military full-time, ate up every ounce. \u00a0I had\u00a0always loved cycling (I still ride into work each day), and now I had a true cycling hero, far above any of the NFL players I idolized in my childhood.<\/p>\n<p>Lance&#8217;s comeback story was nothing short of the greatest story in the history of American sport.<\/p>\n<p><strong>Until it wasn&#8217;t.<\/strong><\/p>\n<p><span class='embed-youtube' style='text-align:center; display: block;'><\/iframe><\/span><\/p>\n<p>This, hopefully, is not news.<\/p>\n<p>I remember watching the Oprah interview and thinking, <em>yeah, but everyone doped then. \u00a0I mean, really&#8230;it was bad, but everyone did it. \u00a0<\/em>The spell was only broken, truly, in this past week, when I\u00a0saw the most recent documentary about his cycling career, released in Europe last year and on Showtime this past December.<\/p>\n<p>Here&#8217;s the preview:<\/p>\n<p><span class='embed-youtube' style='text-align:center; display: block;'><\/iframe><\/span><\/p>\n<p>It&#8217;s all quite dramatic: lies, conspiracy, fraud, cover-ups, messiah complex, power, addiction, power. \u00a0Lance Armstrong was deliberately using the savior complex that had been readily thrown his way in order to perpetuate the lie and increase his power. \u00a0His secret was not one of perfect physique or of better work ethics\u00a0than anyone else.<\/p>\n<p><strong>His secret, kept through everything short of murder, was that he found a doctor who knew banned substances, and the doctor found a patient who was the perfect willing physical specimen&#8211;no moral qualms, no shortage of funds, and an already top-caliber competitor.\u00a0<\/strong><strong>Lance Armstrong was not a hero and &#8220;survivor of cancer,&#8221; Lance Armstrong was a science experiment gone perfectly right. \u00a0<\/strong><\/p>\n<p>Damn. \u00a0I mean, I had a lot of naivete during those years, but damn. \u00a0I wore that yellow silicone band around my wrist for the better part of a couple years. \u00a0I mocked the accusers who said that Lance was doping. \u00a0Damn.<\/p>\n<p style=\"text-align:center;\">* \u00a0* \u00a0* \u00a0* \u00a0* \u00a0* \u00a0* \u00a0* \u00a0* \u00a0*<\/p>\n<div id=\"attachment_6497\" style=\"width: 340px\" class=\"wp-caption alignright\"><a href=\"https:\/\/dailytheology.files.wordpress.com\/2015\/02\/livestrong-bracelet.jpg\"><img class=\" wp-image-6497\" src=\"https:\/\/dailytheology.files.wordpress.com\/2015\/02\/livestrong-bracelet.jpg?w=330&#038;h=220\" alt=\"Golden idols...\" width=\"330\" height=\"220\" \/><\/a><p class=\"wp-caption-text\">Golden idols&#8230;<\/p><\/div>\n<p>Since watching this documentary a few days ago,\u00a0I have been reflecting much on the theological implications of the mental\/spiritual fraud that Armstrong knowingly perpetrated on my psyche, and that of so many others. \u00a0I genuinely feel betrayed. \u00a0I feel angry. 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