Advanced Custom Routes – Custom Endpoints for WP REST API

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The easiest way to create custom WP REST API Routes without writing a line of…

Author:Carlile Design (profile at
WordPress version required:4.0
WordPress version tested:5.2.2
Plugin version:0.8.0
Added to WordPress repository:27-07-2019
Last updated:28-07-2019
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The REST API was a great additional to WordPress that made it easy to grab data through the default routes. The biggest issue with these default routes is it will either grab too much data or too little data and it didn’t make it easy to only grab the data you need. This plugin makes it possible to create custom routes where you can set to pull only the data you need/want. Even better you won’t even have to touch a line of code to make it work, everything will be configurable within the WordPress dashboard.

Features ⚡️

  • Unlimited custom routes
  • Custom route naming
  • Custom filtering to only receive data you need
  • Select which fields to output
  • Query parameters
  • A hassle-free experience

How to use

  1. To start using Advanced Custom Routes, go to the WordPress dashboard and select the Custom Routes section.
  2. Next click ‘Add New’ to create your first custom route.
  3. Give your custom route a name and start configuring your custom route to what you need.
  4. Query Builder Options: Select how to filter the posts you would like to receive at this custom route.
  5. Response Output: Select which fields you would like to receive at this custom route.
  6. Once you have configured everything to your liking, publish the custom route and you will now be able to receive your selected data at this route.

Query Builder Options

  • Posts, Pages, and Custom Post Types
  • Post ID
  • Categories
  • Tags
  • Author
  • Post Parent
  • Status
  • Order & Orderby
  • Date
  • Amount & Offset

Response Output

  • ID
  • Title
  • Content
  • Excerpt
  • Link
  • Slug
  • Date Posted
  • Status
  • Featured Image
  • Categories
  • Tags
  • Author
  • Post Type
  • Template
  • Post Parent
  • Menu Order
  • Custom Fields

Route Parameters

You can also filter your custom routes using query parameters that you add to the end of your custom route like so:

In the example above it would only pull data for that custom route where the post’s ID was equal to 1. This can be used for multiple different query parameters:

  • amount
  • offset
  • page
  • post_type
  • id
  • id_exclude
  • category
  • category_exclude
  • tag
  • tag_exclude
  • author
  • author_exclude
  • post_parent
  • post_parent_exclude
  • status
  • date_before
  • date_after
  • order
  • orderby
  • slug
  • search
  • page

Single Post Route

You can also receive data for a single post at a custom route using either an ID or a Slug, like so:


(This would grab the post with an ID of 1 at this custom route)


(This would grab the post with the slug of hello-world at this custom route)

How to install Advanced Custom Routes.

Using WordPress Plugin Directory

Navigate to the ‘Add New’ in the plugins dashboard
Search for ‘Advanced Custom Routes’
Click ‘Install Now’
Activate the plugin on the Plugin dashboard

Uploading it to WordPress

Navigate to the ‘Add New’ in the plugins dashboard
Navigate to the ‘Upload’ area
Select from your computer
Click ‘Install Now’
Activate the plugin in the Plugin dashboard


Extract the advanced-custom-routes directory to your computer
Upload the advanced-custom-routes directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
Activate the plugin in the Plugin dashboard