I am making a plugin that needs a page that can be accessed from the outside, pretty much like an API, and have the url like so,


is there a clean way to do this?

Thanks in advance.

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The WordPress Way of doing it is using query_vars so first you add you vars to the array:

//add to query vars
function add_query_vars($vars) {
    $new_vars = array('custom_method','cm_parameter');
    $vars = $new_vars + $vars;
    return $vars;

add_filter('query_vars', 'add_query_vars');

then you can check in your plugin for the vars:

global $wp; 
    if (array_key_exists('custom_method', $wp->query_vars) && isset($wp->query_vars['custom_method'])){
      //do your stuff
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    why both array_key_exists and isset ? :) Commented Jul 26, 2011 at 8:25
  • first we make sure its a valid acceptable query_var, and then if it has a value to avoid warnings and notices.
    – Bainternet
    Commented Jul 26, 2011 at 8:27
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    Both effectively do the same thing though don't they? .. neither checks if the value is an empty string, they just check the key is set... am i missing something?
    – t31os
    Commented Jul 26, 2011 at 11:11
  • Thanks, this did it. At first I did not understand the mechanism of query_var and was confused but after looking at the Codex codex.wordpress.org/Custom_Queries and print_ring the $wp->query_var, I now have a better understanding of how it works.
    – Saifis
    Commented Jul 28, 2011 at 0:49
  • You should read this answer on the difference between isset and array_key_exists. You never need to use both.
    – Cobby
    Commented Apr 11, 2012 at 2:32

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