✨ IoT Particle WordPress Integration

Particle API

This is an example plugin to demonstrate how to integrate a Particle Photon/Electron/Core with the WordPress API.

Particle device wired up with matching schematic


The "Internet of Things" (IoT) is the emergence of a number of devices that provide utility to the physical world via the web (or vice versa - providing utility to the web through physical devices).

Particle (formerly Spark) provides several devices that aimed at makers that facilitate the creation of new IoT devices. The Particle device (Photon, Electron, or Core) is an internet-enabled micro-controller. It combines digital and analog electrical inputs/outputs with WiFi and multiprocessing chips. With the right know-how, a Particle device could allow you to start preheating your oven from your phone; it could allow you to keep track of the water content of your garden soil from a website; it could allow you to build a toy to play with your cat from the web.

What You'll Want for this Demo

In order to fully take advantage of this demo you'll want the following things:

  • A Particle device
  • Some dev & electronics chops
  • A WordPress website running 4.4 or higher (with several plugins installed -- including this one)
  • Access to the Internet


Here is a list of steps you should take to get the demo set up.

  1. Assuming you have a Particle device - register it. Once registered and on a WiFi network, flash it with the code located in the particle-files folder
  2. You'll want to set up your Particle device as according to the code flashed (see schematic.jpg and breadboard.jpg)
  3. Setup your WP site: requires 4.4 or higher. Install these plugins: 'Application Passwords', 'WP REST API', and this Particle API Plugin
  4. Assign an application password to a user (Dashboard -> Users -> Edit) and copy it
  5. Base64 encode the user's username and password like this 'username:password'. You can do this in the console using this command: echo -n "USERNAME:PASSWORD" | base64
  6. Add this info to the proper project files - you can search 'Authorization'