Is Laravel WordPress Integration Possible?

Is Laravel WordPress Integration Possible?

Andy Holland

WordPress has become one of the most popular open source applications available online.  This means that a large number of people are not comfortable with this platform and use its admin to manage their WordPress website.  If you already have a Laravel applications that you have custom-built and are currently looking into how you can add a WordPress website to the same domain, you’ll be happy to hear that this process is possible.  Laravel WordPress integration is quite simple to achieve if you follow a couple of guidelines.  We thought it would be useful to take a look at the wrong way to achieve this integration and then talk you through the correct process.

The Wrong Way: Use the Same Design for WordPress and Laravel.

A lot of the time integrating and combining different software can be tricky.  If you’re looking to integrate WordPress and Laravel, an obvious solution would be to use the same design for both Laravel and WordPress.  This would not be the right option. Whilst this seems like a pretty easy solution at first, it’s important to remember that WordPress components (widgets, navigation) are not static.  Using the same design for both WordPress and Laravel would cause serious issues as every time your WordPress contents change, you would also have to adjust your Laravel application.  Here, we’ll be talking you through the right way to complete Laravel WordPress integration.

The Right Way: Integrate Laravel into Your WordPress Website

A much better way to achieve Laravel WordPress integration is to simply integrate your Laravel application into WordPress.  Basically, you will need to use WordPress functions within your Laravel application.  This process is assuming that you have a default installation for both WordPress and Laravel.

The first step in the integration process is to place your Laravel application within your WordPress directory.  To make sure you can use WordPress contents with your Laravel application, you simply need to access your WordPress functions.  These include get_header and get_footer.  For that, you will need to open the bootstrap/ap.php.  This can be found within your Laravel application.  You will then need to add this line of code:

require ‘../../wp-load.php’;

Once you have added your line of code you will have access to your WordPress functions within Laravel.  After this integration step, you will need to look into adding any missing assets like JS and CSS within the Laravel application.  To solve this issue, you can make use of the enqueueing functions from WordPress.  To add the assets, you will need to use your bootstrap/app/php.  This ensures that assets for the application will load when someone visits the application.

We hope this article is useful if you’re currently thinking about integrating your WordPress website and Laravel application.  If you follow the simple guidelines outlined above you should find the whole integration process straightforward – we hope!

Have you already integrated your WordPress website and Laravel application successfully?  If so, make sure to talk us through your integration process in the comments section below.