How to use AJAX in WordPress theme

In this article, we are going to learn what is AJAX ( Asynchronous JavaScript And XML ) and how to implement it with WordPress. WordPress’s Page / Post autosave is one of the great examples of Ajax or WordPress Image Uploader is another great example.

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Ajax based contact form

If you want to make an application which respond quickly without refreshing the page then, JSON(JavaScript Object Notation) and AJAX(Asynchronous JavaScript And XML) combination is great to achieve that. In this post we are making a simple Ajax based contact form which respond the result in JSON format that we want, and with the help of jquery we display the JSON data.

Through AJAX we are sending the contact form data to a php file(submit_contact_form.php) and then getting the response as an JSON format, but as you see that in my php file, i didn’t used the ‘json_encode()’ function, the reason behind this is ‘json_encode()’ require PHP5 or above. But in this example i created the same format with the help of ‘echo’ that will work for me in PHP4.4.9 too.

So, Here is the HTML structure for the contact form, just put this structure inside the body tag.

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Ajax based instant image upload

Image upload is simple to just select an image and click on the upload button that’s it. But it will be more effective when the selected image upload instanly means with out click on any upload button and you will see also the preview of that uploaded image.

All this will be more easy with ajax (asynchronous javaScript and xml) request. In this example we will use the ajax form plugin. I really thanks for this plugin because with the help of this plugin it will be more easy to make an ajax based instant image upload script.

Instant Image Upload

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