I'm currently trying to create a system where I can perform CRUD operations on a wordpress front end. I've seen a few plugins with shortcodes that allow this, so that is one possibility. However, ideally, I would like to use javascript (i.e. when a button is pressed somehow make some call to the SQL database and update a column in the table, etc.).

Is it possible to have dynamic javascript like this on a wordpress site?

Thank you.

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    Are you aware of the REST API and making HTTP requests in JS? – Tom J Nowell Nov 30 '20 at 10:57

Yes. You can do. Try using ajax, or better? using wordpress rest api

Ajax method: need register your function and action to do

Simple example:

add_action( 'wp_ajax_my_action', 'my_action' );
add_action( 'wp_ajax_nopriv_my_action', 'my_action' );

function my_action() {
    return json_encode('hello word');
jQuery(document).ready(function() {
    var data = {
        'action': 'my_action'
    jQuery.post(ajax_url, data, function(response) {

More info for ajax: https://codex.wordpress.org/AJAX_in_Plugins

Wordpress rest api: need to register a route

very simple example:

add_action( 'rest_api_init', function () {
  register_rest_route( 'yourName/v1', '/myroute', array(
    'methods' => 'POST',
    'callback' => 'my_function',
  ) );
} );

function my_function( $data ) {
  return 'Hello World';
jQuery(document).ready(function() {
    jQuery.post('/wp-json/yourName/v1/myroute', function(response) {

More info: https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/

  • This is the old way of doing things, you should update the answer to include mention of the REST API – Tom J Nowell Nov 30 '20 at 10:57
  • Yeah right. But Ajax is still widely used – shahriyar.m Dec 1 '20 at 14:58
  • both methods are intended for AJAX, I've amended the answer to have a jQuery example, and switch the REST API from GET to POST so that they match – Tom J Nowell Dec 1 '20 at 15:54

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