I have a PHP script running in WordPress, that uses a WP_Query to get the posts from one of my subdomains and return it as a JSON string. The script only receives the post data if I call it using the correct subdomain.

For example, if I go to news.example.com/api/news.php, the JSON prints correctly, but if I go to www.example.com/api/news.php it only prints an empty array.

How can I call a single script that will get data from a subdomain, even if I call it using the main domain? Or even better, if I call it from any subdomain?

  • Do you have any errors in your browser console? This might be a same origin issue Mar 29 '16 at 18:52
  • @czerspalace Nope, no errors
    – Bryan
    Mar 29 '16 at 18:53

Why don't you try using the WP API?

You could then pull posts from a URL like this ...


You can also set custom post types to use the WP API and then access them also in a similar manner, you would need to add the following to your CPT args:

$args = array(
        'show_in_rest'       => true,
        'rest_base'          => 'books-api',
        'rest_controller_class' => 'WP_REST_Posts_Controller',

Take a look at: http://v2.wp-api.org/extending/custom-content-types/

You can even use WP_Query parameters like this:


You could use jQuery.getJSON() to get the data cross domain:

 $.getJSON('http://subdomain.example.com/wp-json/posts', function (data) {
  • Interesting, but how would it solve the problem of accessing the content from a different subdomain? Also, from what I've read, you cannot do authentication with the Rest API, which some of my feeds would require.
    – Bryan
    Mar 29 '16 at 19:04
  • I'm obviously not 100% sure what you are trying to achieve, but could you not force the user to authenticate before they see a page with any of the feeds on? This should work cross-domain using jQuery.getJSON() I think, I've added to my answer...
    – Dammeul
    Mar 29 '16 at 19:10

Alternatively you can include the wordpress functions in any *.php file anywhere on your server. You don`t have to run the script inside the actual WP installation:

define('WP_USE_THEMES', false);

Just include the headers and for admin-functions the admin.php. Then you can WP-Query() in this (external) file.

Regards Tom

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