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Ember Wordpress

Ember Wordpress is an addon for ember-cli that makes it easy to fetch data from the Wordpress API (WP-API) in your Ember sites. It includes an application adapter, serializer as well as some default models: post, page, category and tag.


Note, the demo API sometimes goes to sleep. Please open an issue if so.

Here's a couple of sites using Ember.js + Wordpress:

How to install

  1. Run ember install ember-wordpress
  2. In the config/environment.js file, define the address to your Wordpress install. Like this:
var ENV = {
  wordpressHost: ''


You'll have four models ready out of the box: post, page, category and tag.

Note: the post and page models are identical and so are category and tag. For your own custom post types, it is recommended to extend the post model:

// app/models/recipe.js
import DS from 'ember-data';
import PostModel from 'ember-wordpress/models/post';
export default PostModel.extend({
  ingredients: DS.attr()

If you're using the ACF plugin your custom fields will be at model.get('acf.myCustomField').

Configuring Wordpress

Since Wordpress version 4.7 the REST API is included in core Wordpress. If you are on an earlier version you will need to install the WP API v2 plugin, which also works fine.

After installing, create some posts or pages in Wordpress and see your data at

If you're having CORS trouble: WP-CORS If you want custom fields: Advanced Custom Fields and ACF To REST API

Wordpress custom post types

To use a custom post type together with the WP API you have to be aware of two additional arguments, when you define them.

  1. show_in_rest must be set to true.
  2. rest_base will be the endpoint of your post type. Sset it to the plural form of your model, as this is what Ember expects. E.g. the endpoint for a recipe post type should be recipies and not recipe.

Here's a full example. You could save this file as wp-content/plugins/my-custom-post-types.php.

Plugin Name: My custom post types
Author URI:
function artist_post_type() {
	$labels = array(
		'name' => 'Artists',
		'singular_name' => 'Artist',
		'menu_name' => 'Artists',
	$args = array(
		'labels' => $labels,
		'show_in_rest'	=> true,
		'rest_base' => 'artists',
	register_post_type('artist', $args);

add_action('init', 'artist_post_type');


The WP API supports many arguments that you can use but it's not super friendly so here are some tips.

The endpoint is where to find the data in the WP REST API.
The query is how that endpoint translates into the Ember data syntax.

How to query more than 10 items

By default the WP API returns a maximum of 10 items. For instance,'post') would return 10 posts. To change that we need to find the right argument and endpoint. Looking at the documentation for WP API we find per_page. It could look like wp-json/wp/v2/posts?per_page=99 which translates into the ember-data query'post', {per_page: 99}).

How to query by slug

  • Endpoint: wp-json/wp/v2/posts?slug=some-post-slug
  • Query:'post', {slug: 'some-post-plug'}).then(models => models.get('firstObject'));

We take the first object because query always returns an array and we expect our query to only return a single object.

How to query by category

To query posts by category slug you will need two queries.

First get the category id with the

  • Endpoint: wp-json/wp/v2/categories?slug=some-category-slug
  • Query:'category', {slug: 'some-category-slug'}).then(models => models.get('firstObject'));

Then, get the posts

  • Endpoint: wp-json/wp/v2/posts?categories=category-id&per_page=99
  • Query:'post', {per_page: 99, categories: category-id}).then(models => models.get('firstObject'));

How to enable caching for the WP API

Enable caching by installing the wp-rest-api-cache wordpress plugin.

Server-side rendering with FastBoot

To get server-side rendering, install Ember Fastboot. Here's a demo of the Ember Wordpress dummy app served by fastboot. You'll see the actual HTML rendered if you view the source. Ember Wordpress doesn't require anything special to make this work. Here's a small deployment tip.


It's the goal of ember-wordpress to be the bridge between ember/ember-data and the official WP REST API. Ideally, in addition to the provided adapter, serializer and models, this readme and the project's demo app should serve as good examples. Please ask any questions here