We have received a URL which is a JSON file apparently:


I am completely clueless when it comes to JSON and Wordpress.

Anybody know where to start?

We will need to create individual posts from this JSON file I presume..

  • There are some PHP native function like json_encode() and json_decode()
    – JMau
    Jun 7, 2013 at 18:31

1 Answer 1

  1. json_decode the JSON into an array.

    $slices = json_decode(file_get_contents('yourJSONFile.json'),true);
  2. Loop into the data

    if ($slices) { 
       foreach ($slices as $slice) {
          $title = $slice[1];
          // insert more logic here
  3. Create a post programmatically by using wp_insert_post.

    // Create post object
    $my_post = array(
         'post_title'    =>  $title,
         'post_content'  => 'This is my content',
         'post_status'   => 'publish',
         'post_author'   => 1,
         'post_category' => array(8,39)
    // Insert the post into the database and return the new post ID
    $post_id = wp_insert_post( $my_post, true );
    if ( is_wp_error( $post_id ) ) {
         // error handling....

More details in this tutorial: http://tommcfarlin.com/programmatically-create-a-post-in-wordpress/

  • Please try to include at least summary of information from URL into answer. Links tend to rot, making answers crippled.
    – Rarst
    Jun 7, 2013 at 21:17
  • ok thanks for this - it is useful info - if you are aware of any relevant wordpress plugins that would be great too.. Jun 8, 2013 at 12:33
  • This solution works but is giving me load time error. Is there a faster way for 1000s of posts?
    – user2238
    Mar 1, 2017 at 21:56

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