I want to do a very basic AJAX call where, on click of a list item, a container div fills with associated content pulled from a Wordpress page. I'm a newb with AJAX; I've tried a few different routes today but to no avail. I got the page to load in the container but I want only the post content (as if I called the_content() in the div but doing it AJAX style). I only have three pages I would like to pull from.

Does anyone know of a simple way to accomplish this? I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

2 Answers 2


Create the JSON endpoint that accepts a WP_Post ID.

add_action( 'rest_api_init', function() {
    register_rest_route( 'api/v2', '/post/(?<id>\d+)', array (
        'methods'  => 'GET',
        'callback' => 'get_post_content',
    ) );
} );

Handle the endpoint to return a post's content based on the ID passed.

function get_post_content( WP_REST_Request $request ) {

    $post = get_post( absint( $request->get_param( 'id' ) ) );

    if ( ! $post ) {
        return 'Invalid ID';

    return apply_filters( 'the_content', $post->post_content );

Get the data with jQuery.

jQuery.get( "/wp-json/api/v2/post/504", function( data ) {

    jQuery( ".result" ).html( data );


(Optional) - Localize the REST URL .

wp_localize_script( 'wp-api', 'wpApiSettings', array( 'root' => esc_url_raw( rest_url() ) ) );

jQuery.get( wpApiSettings.root + "api/v2/post/504", function( data ) {
    jQuery( ".result" ).html( data );

You are gonna need a PHP code like this, you can add it to the functions.php, or I would recommend creating a plugin.

add_action('wp_ajax_nopriv_action_name', 'ajax_function');
add_action('wp_ajax_action_name', 'ajax_function');

function ajax_function(){

$post = get_post($_POST['post_id']);

$response = array("content"=> apply_filters('the_content', $post->post_content));
$response = json_encode($response);
echo $response;


You also need Javascript to make the call:

var data = {
        'action': 'action_name'
        'post_id' : id //you can get it with jQuery

jQuery.post(AJAX_URL , data, function(response) {

 //do what you need with the response


The AJAX_URL is located in domain.com/wp-admin/admin-ajax.php, you can generate it with admin_url( 'admin-ajax.php' )

You can read more here. Remember to include jQuery, the recommended way to do it is using wp_enqueue_script, more here.

This code wasn't tested, so expect some syntactic errors, at least.

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