API Keys

Savvy users of WordPress.com will notice something new on your profile page.

What’s it for? Time will tell. Let’s just say WordPress.com is going to become a lot more useful for people who already have WordPress blogs.

Cheers to Donncha for rolling this out, as I’m still mostly incapacitated right now. 

84 thoughts on “API Keys

  1. I’m thinking that It might have to do with exporting like the guy said above. Their is a plugin probaly in development that will roll out soon, and will let you enter your WP.com API key If you want to export your posts to a new blog.


  2. It does make you wonder but somehow I doubt that exporting to a WordPress.com blog is the answer. For one, that encourages migration away from standaloe WordPress installs which makes no business sense. Or mirroring a WordPress blog on WordPress.com, an idea that lacks real common sense (why have two identical sites to drain away traffic and stats, and maybe ad revenue away from one main blog).

    I’m real interested, though, to see what the API does…


  3. Yeah true… so lets think, What do I want to do with my wordpress blog that would include my WP.com blog, him if its not exporting the WP.com to a WordPress blog, then it shouldn’t be an RSS feed, maybe a special admin function that will allow you to control both blogs via one admin panel


  4. I hope it’s a first step in paid hosting at WordPress.com where the “power users” with standalone blogs can easily import databases here for hosting with unique domain resolution. We’d need CNAME access and other cogent control but perhaps the API is a magic dust you sprinkle over your current WordPress setup so you don’t lose anything in a move being hosted here? It makes more economic sense to have all the WordPressers under one umbrella for support and consistency and upgrades and fixes can be done invisibly and server side so WordPress as an economic entity becomes immediately stable and secure without unpatched installs hiding on servers across the world sullying the name and the WordPress brand.


  5. My feeling is, since Doncha is the guy who is the brainpower behind it, that it has to do with MU blogging. Maybe by providing your API key to other bloggers, your WordPress blog can become a multi-author style blog without being multi-author… Like WordPress Planet is…


  6. Maybe its a trusted identity system…

    I go to WordPress.com and get an api key then plug it into WordPress on my site… Then people can be registered in WordPress.com or -any other- WordPress blog and sign in to my blog as a trusted user!

    Take that blogger/typepad/livejournal ids!

    am i getting warm?


  7. My guess is that it’ll let you do stuff like pull post data from your WordPress.com blog onto your WordPress blog. I actually already have my WordPress.com posts displayed in my sidebar, thanks to MagpieRSS, but a direct API will let you get more data than the feed can give you. Heck, you could even do stuff like have a consolidated search for both your blogs.


  8. Maybe it’s something like drupal. I am logged in in drupal.com and because of that I am automatically logged in other drupal systems, where it is allowed by the admin


  9. Maybe it’s a way to conquer the world?

    now seriously, I think it’s a way to pull data from wp.com powered blogs, like registered users and comment authors for easier comment spam control, or maybe it’s a way to merge your wp.com blog with your hosted wp blog, so that you can post and change settings to both blogs using the same admin screen, but all those ideas have already been mentioned, and Matt just won’t tell us….


  10. There are already plugins for aggregating RSS feeds etc into WP, so I doubt this API key is for that. The mere fact that it is, infact, an API key should tell us that its more about taking the data of your WP.com blog out rather than bringing data in.

    So I’m guessing it might let you write a post on your self-hosted WP blog, and have it appear on your WP.com blog automatically using the API key. Or something along those lines.


  11. I vaguely recall a post somewhere on the net concerning an option to post to multiple blogs from within one single Dashboard. Maybe this API key has somehting to do with that? Managing multiple WordPress blogs from a single source? That’s my educated guess. Actually… I guess I can’t say educated since I don’t have a link to backup my claims.


  12. I suspect that it’s a way of allowing some customization of wp.com blogs while steering clear of the security risks that allowing full access to themes and plugins poses for wpmu.


  13. Wait! Matt do you even have a real plan for the API?! Or are you using this post to come up with decent ideas to implement into WordPress.com? j.k.


  14. since i guess that you guys are up to something fresh, it wont has anything to do with import/export, crossposting, aggregation of service xyz and probably has nothing to do with themes.

    my guesses:
    1.) everybody at wordpress may use the key to order a free top level domain which will route to his account
    2.) you made some collabo with a software company and wp.com users may use that “api-key” as a license-key
    3.) something that has to do with flock
    4.) sharing stuff between blogs, improved community features between local on remote wp sites… new chat tool.. something like that.. post repository..

    bleh! :) tell us!


  15. API for plugin development so a plugin can query the blog with x API key?

    I can’t really see why you’d need the key, but maybe because it’s M-U you do… I dunno! Just a guess, like everyone elses’!


  16. Hmm…. How about some sort of search API that lets you find posts from all across the wordpress.com universe by keyword or category and add “relevant links” to your existing blog posts?

    It would also be interesting if the API gave you access to your wordpress.com media uploads.


  17. I have no wp.com blog, nor do I need or want one, as I have a normal host, so I’ve got no idea what this strange new feature is. I’ll give it a guess, though!


    A… new… page… to… manage…
    …badgers? No, no. Maybe some sort of thing to forther integrate with flock?


  18. API key generates your user name for a new bbpress forum account that identifies you as a member of wordpress.com in the new “comunity” forums…

    and/or allows you to use the new bbpress hosting solution (from the folks who brought you WordPress.com!!!) in conjunction with your wp.com account…



  19. I’d be willing to bet it works similarly to the API for Backpack, for those who don’t know about it read up on backpackit.com.

    Also, there is a typo on the “Leave a Comment” section, it should be E-mail (required), you forgot the opening parenthesis.


  20. API’s might used to provide statistical information such as the number visitors to the partical blog , the wordpress.com users who visit your site often and a topic search within wordpress.com.Also it might be used to manage multiple wordpress.com accounts in a single interface using the key to post to different blogs.


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