In the past, I used to re-create my own pages every few years and most of those versions would have been on WordPress. I have been doing some wordpress development for a few websites back in the days too, but I stopped with it.One of the reasons was, that I think I wasn’t enjoying PHP. So this project with Frontity (“The React Framework for WordPress”), was again a page back with WordPress

The Start

So, when developing small, simple simple websites or blogs, I would chose different solutions for websites. I have been creating some blogs with Grav or Gatsby. While Grav is a flat-file CMS and GatsbyJS is one of the biggest static website generators out there in 2021. Developing websites with them was a lot of fun, especially with GatsbyJS, where I learned a bit about GraphQL. Migrations from Markdown-Files to WordPress as source for the blogs went really well with Gatsby, thanks to the GraphQL-Layer between frontend and backend. The image manipulation features using GraphQL-Queries comes in also pretty handy.

But in my point of view, when trying to set up a blog for someone non-IT related, it’s a bit of a pain that you need to recreate the page for every new content has been added to the site.

So, how did I come across Frontity? Well, actually I was just getting a bit interested in React and was looking for a solution where content could be easily added to the page and would be fun to develop of course. By chance some evening I googled “WordPress react” and obviously came across frontity.

A few days later I got started with it. To get started with Frontity is actually pretty easy, if you know a bit about Javascript and HTML/CSS. (btw. here is the way to get started)

The Result

The website consists of the following:

  • Responsive Design
  • Simple Contactform, Integrated with Flamingo
  • Custom Post Type for the Generation of a Courselist
  • Custom Post Type for the Generation of a News Section
  • Several Designs for Post and Pages Sections in WordPress
  • Landing Page

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