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": "2015-03-28T16:02:01+00:00"
    },
    "number": 2,
    "posts": [
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                "email": false,
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                "profile_URL": "http:\/\/en.gravatar.com\/extradrymartini",
                "site_ID": 29384121
            },
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            "modified": "2015-03-17T08:26:07-07:00",
            "title": "Putting off tomorrow.",
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            "content": "<p>\u201cProcrastination is the thief of time.\u201d<\/p>\n<p>-Edward Young<\/p>\n<p>Over and over and over again over these last two and a half years, I\u2019ve reminded myself how precious time is; that it shouldn\u2019t be wasted. After all, I\u2019ve seen it in action: the way a mere phrase or phone call or the briefest of moments can permanently alter every cell in your body, so that afterwards you never think or dream or breathe the same way again. I don\u2019t need anyone to tell me that all we have is this moment, <em>this one, <\/em>right now. I already know.<\/p>\n<p>And yet. As I sit here, writing this to you, I am &#8211; at this very moment &#8211; procrastinating. I am putting off doing things that are important to me. Even after I resolved that I wouldn\u2019t, I am still finding ways to stall. I am making excuses. Why?<\/p>\n<p>I have a plan. It\u2019s sort of epic. Can I tell you about it?<\/p>\n<p>Ever since my mother died two and a half years ago, a story has been kicking around inside of my brain. Scenes of it play in my mind like a movie. It <em>is<\/em> a movie. Well, not yet. After mom died, I wrote the story in fits and starts &#8211; sketches of scenes, bits of dialogue. But I couldn\u2019t really get a rhythm going because too much was happening. I was too messed up. I couldn\u2019t see it or admit it at the time, but I was. My dad was sick, my grandmother was sick, the person I loved most in the world was abruptly <em>gone<\/em> with all kinds of questions surrounding her death, and oh, on a side note, my personal life was an utter disaster. My world had flipped upside down.<\/p>\n<p>To make everything worse, I couldn\u2019t write. I felt stupid, clumsy. My tongue was thick in my mouth. Words were stubborn, refusing to string together to form sentences. The thing that had always come easy for me, the thing I&#8217;d fallen back on when all else failed, had suddenly become impossible.<\/p>\n<p>But little by little, it started to come back. I started writing again. And over the last two plus years, I have written a lot. I wrote while my life changed. I wrote\u00a0<em>through<\/em> all kinds of moments \u2013 heartbreaking moments and sweet moments, laugh out loud moments and joyful moments. You see, once you get through the worst part of a trauma, once you realize it won\u2019t <em>actually<\/em> kill you, once you realize that you still care enough to pick yourself up and keep on living, you become capable of experiencing profound joy. And it\u2019s often joy where you wouldn\u2019t expect it: \u00a0in small, seemingly insignificant moments that you never even realized were beautiful until you looked at them through the lens of loss. Even though you\u2019re sadder and more broken, when you laugh you really mean it, and when you love you really mean it, and even though you wouldn\u2019t wish what\u2019s happened to you on anyone, your dirty little secret is that you don\u2019t want to go back to the way you were before, because the old you was oblivious, fumbling around in the dark, while this you is <em>awake<\/em> to everything. And once you\u2019ve woken up, you can\u2019t go back to sleep.<\/p>\n<p>But this is not meant to be a blog about loss, it&#8217;s meant to be a blog about <em>procrastinating<\/em>. \u00a0See? I&#8217;m doing it again. \u00a0OK, to get back to the <em>point<\/em>: \u00a0the story that has been kicking around in my head for the last two and a half years while I tried and failed at writing it is finally taking shape. It\u2019s a screenplay of a movie that is based upon my life.<\/p>\n<p>The story is set in Olympia, Washington, the town where I went to high school and where I plan to film the movie. That\u2019s right, I\u2019m going to make the movie myself. I know just enough about producing films to be terrified of how much work it will be, how much money it will cost, and how much I still need to learn. Basically, I know enough to know that I don\u2019t know enough. Not yet.<\/p>\n<p>But in allowing myself to feel overwhelmed about the filmmaking part before I\u2019m even there yet, I&#8217;ve been putting off the step I\u2019m on now, which is sort of crucial: <em>finishing <\/em>the script. I\u2019m self-aware enough to recognize my own resistance, and resistance and I are currently locked in a daily tug of war. \u00a0I&#8217;ve got post it notes with motivational sayings all over my house, an accountability circle where I bring in pages of the script every week, and plans for a table read of the full script in May. But every day when it&#8217;s time for me to sit down and do my work, I&#8217;m like a petulant child who doesn&#8217;t want to go to school, looking for any excuse I can not to go.<\/p>\n<p>What the hell is my problem? This story is important to me, and I <em>want<\/em> to tell it. Yes, writing it is hard. Yes, certain scenes aren\u2019t coming out the way I want them to, at least not yet. But I\u2019m making everything so much harder than it needs to be with my acrobatic stalling techniques. If writing this script is the thing that matters most to me, why will I do nearly anything to avoid working on it?<\/p>\n<p>Maybe it\u2019s the fear of failure thing. Maybe it\u2019s the fear of success thing. Maybe it\u2019s the fear that I\u2019ll actually accomplish my goal and after all the blood, sweat and tears, I\u2019ll get to the other side of it and realize that this process didn&#8217;t heal my life the way I&#8217;m hoping it will. Maybe I&#8217;m afraid that no matter what I do, nothing will ever change.<\/p>\n<p>I think to some degree, my resistance is probably rooted in all of these things. 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Even as I grew older, the obsession remained. People ridicule it because perhaps they haven\u2019t connected with it. I am alright with that, as a fan, because professional wrestling is an art form. And art is subjective; something that one can relate to, find therapy in, get inspired by, cherish time with or simply choose to ignore.<\/p>\n<p>I feel connected to the little things that happen inside the squared circle. For instance, I love\u00a0it when a villainous wrestling character pokes his opponent\u2019s eyes despite being\u00a0in total control of the match. He shouldn&#8217;t need to stoop low and scratch his opponent\u2019s eyes to gain an unfair advantage. He should want to do that just because he is a terrible human being.\u00a0It is how some people are in the real world. They don&#8217;t need to be jerks; they just want to be. Many of them get away doing awful things to\u00a0others. At home. In offices. Government offices. But in\u00a0a four-sided ring, there is at least a chance that they might get dropped on their heads for such insolence.\u00a0Life isn&#8217;t fair and pro-wrestling is a reflection of it. The characters and back-stories\u00a0in\u00a0every match are often indicative of the people and sentiments that we are exposed to in our own\u00a0lives.<\/p>\n<p>Whether in front of 100,000 screaming American fans or inside a Japanese high school gym with 10 friends to cheer them on, good wrestlers connect with audiences in the same way writers do with theirs. They lead people towards the center of their emotions; either bringing them down with crashing cymbals or lifting them up with rising crescendos. It barely matters who wins or loses. The way that they do or how they choose to react to the result is just as entertaining as the predetermined athletic contest itself.<\/p>\n<p><a href=\"https:\/\/verseherder.files.wordpress.com\/2015\/02\/11018195_633877780091197_3542176156772837305_n.jpg\"><img class=\"  wp-image-3229 alignright\" src=\"https:\/\/verseherder.files.wordpress.com\/2015\/02\/11018195_633877780091197_3542176156772837305_n.jpg?w=272&#038;h=176\" alt=\"Malabar Grey Hornbill, Thekkady\" width=\"272\" height=\"176\" \/><\/a>The<a href=\"http:\/\/www.wwe.com\/\" target=\"_blank\"> World Wrestling Entertainment<\/a> is where the big boys and girls play. But there are several promotions such as <a href=\"http:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=K8dDPAGeUUE\" target=\"_blank\">Pro-Wrestling Guerrilla<\/a>, <a href=\"http:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=iC5TvHGJthk\" target=\"_blank\">Chikara<\/a>, <a href=\"http:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=DG9HdtvUUz0\" target=\"_blank\">PROGRESS<\/a>\u00a0and <a href=\"http:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=wRmPcRqFxRs\" target=\"_blank\">Scotland&#8217;s IWC<\/a> that are doing spectacular things with much smaller, more passionate crowds and incredibly-skilled wrestlers.<\/p>\n<p>Those who have watched wrestling, growing up in the 80s and 90s, in any capacity might have heard of this character called The Undertaker. He was considered a <a href=\"http:\/\/bleacherreport.com\/articles\/1625261-undertakers-7-best-entrances-of-all-time\" target=\"_blank\">final stage boss<\/a> who wrestled important people at pay-per-view events. Growing up, I was\u00a0a big fan of his; that\u00a0nothing could destroy him. 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And he never asked me\u00a0to finish my\u00a0homework before watching\u00a0wrestling on television.<\/p>\n<p>Last April, the Undertaker lost for the first time at <a href=\"http:\/\/prowrestling.net\/article.php?WWE-News-WrestleMania-30-attendance-and-gross-revenue-36497\" target=\"_blank\">Wrestlemania<\/a> \u2013 the biggest and most celebrated annual wrestling event.\u00a0 Before 2014, every Wrestlemania featured the <a href=\"http:\/\/www.pontiacdailyleader.com\/article\/20150311\/BLOGS\/303119979\/-1\/news\" target=\"_blank\">Undertaker defending his then-unbeaten streak<\/a> against a premier opponent. It has been a\u00a0gimmick that lasted over two decades. But in April 2014, he fell victim to a beast of a hybrid\u00a0fighter called Brock Lesnar. During an early stage in the match, the Undertaker suffered a concussion. 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