Headless WordPress Tweaks

A few tweaks make a lot of sense when running WordPress headlessly.

Disable Post and Page Previews

Without an actual WordPress front end, one may as well get rid of post and page previews:

add_filter( 'register_post_type_args', function( $args, $post_type ) {
  if ( in_array( $post_type, array( 'post', 'page' ) ) ) {
    $args['public'] = false; // Disable most front-end magic.
    $args['show_ui'] = true; // Leave Edit screens enabled.
  }
  return $args;
}, 99, 2);

Correct Permalinks

Point links inside WP Admin to the correct front-end domain…

add_filter( 'home_url', function( $url, $path, $orig_scheme, $blog_id = null ) {
  return str_replace(
    '//backend.somedomain.com',
    '//mysite.com',
    $url
  );
}, 10, 4 );

…but keep WP REST API routes unchanged, so they can still be called, e.g., through the front end.

add_filter( 'rest_url', function( $url, $path, $orig_scheme, $blog_id = null ) {
  return str_replace(
    '//mysite.com',
    '//backend.somedomain.com',
    $url
  );
}, 10, 4 );

Change Uploads Location

Why not take out ‘wp-content’ from image URLs, when not using WordPress’ front end? (The following would go into wp-config.php.)

define('UPLOADS', 'uploads'); // Rather than 'wp-content/uploads'.

More to come!